Monday, December 08, 2008

Fishtrap Summer Fellowships Application Deadline January 31, 2009

Each year, Fishtrap, Inc. awards up to five Fellowships valued at $1000 for Summer Fishtrap Workshops and Gathering, held every July at Wallowa Lake, Oregon. Awards are made on the basis of writing submission only, and are not limited to any one genre. Submissions should follow the Fishtrap mission, which is to promote "good writing in and about the West." Therefore, applicants should be from the West, or writing of the West. Fellowships cover the cost of a workshop, registration for the Gathering, and food and lodging for the week. A small travel stipend is also included.

Because we now receive a high volume of Fellowship applications, we are unable to accept applications that don't follow the guidelines stated below. PLEASE NOTE THAT WE DO NOT ACCEPT ELECTRONIC SUBMISSIONS. Thanks for reading these guidelines carefully.

Here's what to include in your Fellowship application:

A writing sample:

• Material can be published or unpublished but MUST be in manuscript form, typed or printed– double-spaced for prose.
• Writer's name MUST NOT appear anywhere on the manuscript.
• Prose –fiction or non-fiction– 2500 words maximum; poetry 8 pages maximum.
• If the work is from a book-length manuscript, you may send a half-page introduction in addition to the 2500 word selection.
• DO NOT FOLD. Please use a 9" x 12" envelope to mail your manuscript flat.

Brief author's bio:
• The bio is not used in judging, but in publicizing winners.

Other optional enclosures:
• Self addressed stamped postcard if you'd like to be notified upon reciept of your manuscript. If you include an email address, this is the default method for receipt notification.
• SASE if you want your manuscript returned to you. Make sure it has sufficient postage. If you do not provide a SASE with sufficient postage we'll dispose of the manuscript.

Fellowship applications must be postmarked no later than January 31, 2009. Awards will be made by March 27. Mail your application to: Fishtrap Fellowship c/o Fishtrap, PO Box 38, Enterprise, OR 97828

All applications will be read by a preliminary judging panel of current and/or past members of the Fishtrap Board of Directors. Final judging will be done by 2009 faculty members. None of the judges will see any information about the applicant, only the manuscript.

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