Literary Arts Fellowships
The Alabama State Council on the Arts makes cash awards to individual writers in
the literary arts based on merit of work, career achievement, career potential and
service to the state. The award recognizes artistic excellence as well as professional
commitment and maturity. It is intended to contribute to the further development
of the literary artist and the advancement of his or her professional career. Applicants
are encouraged to be as specific as possible about the proposed use of fellowship
funds. Fellowships are competitive. Quality of work and professionalism as determined
by samples of work, narrative, and resume are particularly important.
Who is Eligible to Apply?
An applicant must be a legal resident of Alabama and must have lived in the state
for two years prior to the application deadline date and is expected to maintain
residency during the grant award year (October 1 – September 30). An individual
may submit only one fellowship application during the year. Fellowship recipients
cannot apply again for six years after receipt of the award, but applicants who
have not received a fellowship are encouraged to apply again. Individuals who have
received two fellowships are no longer eligible.
What Supplemental Material is Required?
An applicant applying for an individual artist Fellowship must provide samples of
work completed within the last five years. Please, include a detailed resume along
with the following: a list of published work, reviews and no more than 20 pages
of poetry or prose. Please, label each page with the title, applicant’s name and
date. If published, indicate where published and the date of publication. Please
do not submit bound published material. Also, please mail work samples with signature
page and be sure to complete all parts of eGrant as required, including inventory
Amount of Award?
Usually two $5,000 Fellowships are awarded each year.