Apply: Steinbeck Fellows Program of San José State University 2018

Apply: Steinbeck Fellows Program of San José State University 2018

If you are creative writer with a strong passion for writing on friction, biography, drama and creative nonfiction.

Then apply for the Steinbeck fellows program of San José State University to have the chance to network with other writers, graduate students, and faculty to share your work through public reading once in a semester at the time of the fellowship.

About the Award

The Steinbeck Fellows Program is named in memory of author John Steinbeck concerning his work and achievement in media, literature and environmental activism.

The creative writing fellows program gives emerging writer of all background the opportunity to pursue a significant writing project while in residence at SJSU. The emphasis of thefellows  program is on helping writers who have had some success, but not published extensively, and whose promising work would be aided by the financial support and sponsorship of the Martha Heasley Cox Center for Steinbeck Studies and the University’s creative writing program.

All selected applicants must give a public reading once each semester during the fellowship and are expected to live in the San José/San Francisco Bay area during the academic year (approximately 1 September 2018 to 20 May 2019).


  • One-year fellowships
  • A stipend of US$10,000 to all writers of fiction, drama, creative nonfiction, and biography. The number of fellowships offered varies each year; for 2017/18 there were six fellows.
  • Live in the San José/San Francisco Bay throughout the period of the one-year academic year

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Open to emerging writers of any age and background
  • Writers may not be enrolled in an academic degree program during the fellowship period, and there is no application fee.
  • Applications in poetry will not be considered.

During the selection process in awarding fellowships, the selection committee considers the authenticity of the candidate’s proposal and any factors that would lead to expectations of future publication and another achievement.

The creative writing fellowship does not give room for any direct or indirect connection between the applicant and that of Steinbeck’s works. Fellows may not necessarily be enrolled in a degree program during the fellowship period.

Application Process

To apply writers must provide:

  • a proposal or prospectus for the work to be written (one to three pages including basic timeline)
  • a resumé
  • three letters of recommendation
  • a writing sample of no more than 25 page

Program Duration: 1st September 2018 to 20 May 2019).

Application Deadline: January 2, 2018

How to apply:

Start your application here.

For more information, visit official website for the Program HERE.


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