Marguerite and Lamar Smith Fellowship for Writers 2022 (up to $5,000)

Marguerite and Lamar Smith Fellowship for Writers 2022 (up to $5,000)

Deadline: April 1, 2022

Applications are open for the Marguerite and Lamar Smith Fellowship for Writers 2022. The Marguerite and Lamar Smith Fellowship for Writers was inspired by McCullers’s experience at the Breadloaf Writer’s Conference in Vermont, especially the Yaddo Arts Colony in Saratoga Springs, New York.

To honor the contribution of these writers’ residences to McCullers’s work, the Carson McCullers Center for Writers and Musicians awards fellowships for writers to study in her childhood home in Columbus, Georgia. The fellowships are intended to afford the writers in residence uninterrupted time to focus on their work, free from the distractions of daily life and other professional responsibilities.


  • The fellow is provided with a stipend of $5,000 to cover costs of transportation, food and other incidentals. 


  • Open to writers in the U.S.;
  • Fellowship is offered during fall semester. Fellow must be available to be in residency.
  • A spouse or companion is welcome, but children and pets are not allowed.


Compile the following information for submission: Send via email to: [email protected]

  • a cover letter which explains why you would make a suitable fellow, as well as the nature and extent of the work you intend to complete during the 3-month residency
  • your latest curriculum vitae, making sure to include fellowships, scholarships, prizes, or other honors you have received;
  • a writing sample of no more than 20 pages;

Also, they require at least two letters of recommendation.

  • All applications must be completed on or before April 1.
  • All applications will be acknowledged, and finalists will be chosen and scheduled for telephone interviews with the selection committee by May 15.
  • After each finalist completes a telephone interview, a Fellow will be chosen by the selection committee, to be announced June 1.

For more information, visit Marguerite and Lamar Smith Fellowship.