Center for Fiction/Susan Kamil Emerging Writer Fellowships 2022 ($5,000 grant)

Center for Fiction/Susan Kamil Emerging Writer Fellowships 2022 ($5,000 grant)

Deadline: May 30, 2022

Applications are open for the Center for Fiction/Susan Kamil Emerging Writer Fellowships 2022. The Center for Fiction/Susan Kamil Emerging Writer Fellowships offer grants, editorial mentorship, and other opportunities to early-career New York City-based practitioners who are at a critical moment in their development as fiction writers.


During the one-year Fellowship period, grantees receive:

  • A grant of $5,000
  • The opportunity to have their manuscript revised and critiqued by an experienced editor
  • Access to write in the Center for Fiction Writers Studio
  • The opportunity to meet with editors, authors, and agents who represent new writers at monthly dinners
  • Two public readings as part of Center for Fiction annual program of events
  • A professional headshot for personal publicity use
  • Inclusion in an anthology distributed to industry professionals
  • Tickets to Center for Fiction First Novel Fête and/or Annual Awards Benefit
  • Complimentary admission to all Center events
  • A 25% discount on writing workshops at the Center
  • A workshop on reading as performance, conducted by Audible


  • Applicants must be current residents of one of the five boroughs and must remain in New York City for the entire year of the fellowship.
  • Students in degree-granting programs are not eligible to apply.
  • This program supports emerging writers whose work shows promise of excellence.
  • Applicants can be of any age, but must be in the early stages of their careers as fiction writers and will not have had the support needed to achieve major recognition for their work. They define “emerging writer” as someone who has not yet had a novel or short story collection published by either a major or independent publisher, and who is also not currently under contract to a publisher for a work of fiction.
  • Eligible applicants may have had stories or novel excerpts published in magazines, literary journals or online, but this is not a requirement. If at any point during the judging process an applicant signs a contract for publication or accepts an offer to study in a degree-granting program, he or she must alert us immediately to have the application pulled from consideration.


Submit a fiction writing sample, not to exceed 7,500 words, as a double-spaced Word document (.doc or .docx). The submission must include page numbers. The writing sample may be either a novel excerpt or one complete short story.

If you write primarily “flash fiction” or “short shorts” (1,000 words or less) you are permitted to submit multiple stories as long as the total word count does not exceed the previously stated limit. Do not include any personal or identifying information on your writing sample. Writing samples containing this information will not be read.

When your submission has successfully uploaded, please email a PDF or jpeg scan showing proof of residency to [email protected] A New York driver’s license or non-driver’s ID card is the preferred proof of residency. A PDF of a current utility bill, bank statement, lease/rental agreement, or recent pay stub may also be used to show residency. If you are a full-time resident of New York City but do not have any of these items, e-mail [email protected] to discuss other proof of residency that may be provided.

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For more information, visit Emerging Writer Fellowship.