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The 2018 Eliza So Fellowship


Submittable is thrilled to announce the second annual Eliza So Fellowship, in partnership with The Writer’s Block and Plympton. This month-long residency in Las Vegas will offer award recipients time and solitude to help them finish a book that is already in progress. The program’s inaugural fellow was Melissa Sipin in 2017.

The 2018 fellowships will include room and board at The Writer’s Block, along with a $500 food stipend and $400 toward travel. Submittable will accept applications between January 1 and March 25, 2018, and results will be announced June 1. We’re pleased to expand the program this year to offer two residencies between September and December, and awarded in the following categories:

–The Eliza So Fellowship for Immigrant Writers
–The Eliza So Fellowship for Montana Indigenous Writers

The final judge for the Fellowship for Immigrant Writers will be Sun Yung Shin. Sun Yung Shin is the editor of A Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota, author of poetry collections Unbearable Splendor (winner of a Minnesota Book Award); Rough, and Savage; and Skirt Full of Black (winner of AAWW’s Asian American Literary Award), co-editor of Outsiders Within: Writing on Transracial Adoption, and author of a Korean/English bilingual illustrated book for children Cooper’s Lesson. She lives in Minneapolis, MN.

The final judge for the Fellowship for Montana Indigenous Writers will be Debra Magpie Earling. Debra Magpie Earling teaches Fiction and Native American Studies at the University of Montana. Her novel Perma Re (Putnam, 2002) won the Western Writers Association Spur Award, WWA’s Medicine Pipe Bearer Award for Best First Novel, a WILLA Literary Award and the American Book Award. The Lost Journals of Sacajewea (Koch editions, 2010), a collaboration with photographer Peter Rutledge Koch, re-invents the life of Sacajewea. Earling’s publications also include stories in The Last Best Place: A Montana Anthology, Talking Leaves: Contemporary Native American Short Stories, Circle of Women: Anthology of Western Women Writers, and Wild Women: Anthology of Women Writers. She is the recipient of a 2007 Guggenheim Fellowship.

Applications will open January 1, 2018, at the following link: https://fellowship.submittable.com/submit


1) You have a novel, collection of stories, memoir, or other prose work (fiction, nonfiction or hybrid) in progress (100 pages minimum) or poetry collection in progress (30 pages minimum)  

2) You are either: a) A US immigrant (documented or undocumented), b) An indigenous writer with significant ties to Montana (either you are from Montana, live in Montana currently, or have another significant affiliation with Montana).

We look forward to receiving and reviewing your applications. Please don’t hesitate to be in touch anytime with questions about the fellowship.

Rachel Mindell

Rachel Mindell is Senior Editor for Submittable's Marketing Team. She also writes and teaches poetry. You can find Rachel's creative work here: rachelmindell.com