You have reached the submissions manager for the the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing Fellowships in Fiction and Poetry, and the Brittingham & Felix Pollak Prizes in Poetry. We are now reading for the WICW Fellowships (deadline March 1, 2019). Our Brittingham & Felix Pollak Prize submissions will re-open in July.

The Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing will host three fiction fellows and three poetry fellows for the 2019-2020 academic year. Each fellow will receive a stipend of at least $38,000 (raised from just $30,000 in recent years), plus generous health benefits, in exchange for teaching one creative writing course per semester. To be eligible, applicants must have completed or be scheduled to complete an MFA or PhD in Creative Writing by August 15, 2019. Eligible applicants may have authored no more than one full-length collection or book of poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction (either published or under contract) prior to the March 1 deadline. Individuals who have never published a full-length collection or book remain eligible, of course.

All fiction applicants will be considered for all three fiction fellowships, and all poetry applicants will be considered for at least two poetry fellowships. However, please note that one poetry fellowship—the First Wave Fellowship—is reserved for applicants who have previously taught courses in social justice or performance poetry, or applicants who have a strong personal background in slam poetry, spoken word, or arts-based activism in the service of social justice. Poetry applicants who do not have this background will only be considered for the Ronald Wallace Poetry Fellowship and the Jay C. and Ruth Halls Poetry Fellowship.

For a complete description of eligibility requirements, application materials, and fellowship responsibilities, please visit https://creativewriting.wisc.edu/fellowsapply.html and https://creativewriting.wisc.edu/fellowships.html. If you do not find the answers to your questions on either of these pages, please contact WICW administrator Sean Bishop at institutemail@english.wisc.edu.

You've reached the application form for the Ron Wallace Poetry Fellowship, the Jay C. and Ruth Halls Poetry Fellowship, and the First Wave Poetry Fellowship, each awarding a stipend of at least $38,000 (raised from just $30,000 in recent years). Any applicant with an MFA or Ph.D. in creative writing (or any applicant who will receive an MFA/Ph.D. by August 15, 2019) is eligible to apply, as long as the applicant has published or is under contract for no more than one collection of poetry and/or book-length work of fiction or creative nonfiction. Applicants who have not yet published a book are, of course, eligible.

To apply, upload a 10-page manuscript of poems, with each poem starting on a new page. Your name and contact information should not appear anywhere in the manuscript (e.g., don't upload a file labeled JohnDoeWICWpoems.pdf). You will also be asked to upload a CV, concluding with the names and contact information for two professional references. Finally, you will be asked whether or not you have experience teaching classes in social justice or performance poetry, or if you have a strong personal background in slam, spoken word, or arts-based social justice activism. This last question applies to the First Wave Poetry Fellowship only! If you do not meet those criteria, please don't worry: your application will still be considered for the Ron Wallace Poetry Fellowship, and the Jay C. and Ruth Halls Poetry Fellowship.

Your application will remain anonymous until the final moments of the selection process, and references will only be contacted if you are preliminarily selected as a fellow or an alternate. Although your contact information should appear in the CV itself, please do not include that info in the file name (e.g. don't label it JaneDoeWICWresume.pdf). 

You will be charged a $50 reading fee, via credit card.


You've reached the application form for the James C. McCreight Fiction Fellowship, the Carol Houck Smith Fiction Fellowship, and the Jay C. and Ruth Halls Fiction Fellowship, each awarding a  stipend of at least $38,000 (raised from just $30,000 in recent years).  Any applicant with an MFA or Ph.D. in creative writing (or any applicant  who will receive an MFA/Ph.D. by August 15, 2019) is eligible, as long  as the applicant has published or is under contract for no more than one novel, story collection, or other book-length work of creative writing. Applicants who have not yet published a book are,  of course, eligible.

To apply, upload one short story or a novel excerpt no more than 30 pages in length. Your name and contact information should not appear anywhere in the manuscript (e.g., don't upload a file labeled JohnDoeWICWstory.pdf). 

You will also be asked to upload a CV, concluding with the names and  contact information for two professional references. Your application  will remain anonymous until the final moments of the selection process,  and references will only be contacted if you are preliminarily selected as a fellow or an alternate. Although your contact information should appear in the CV itself, please do not include that info in the file name (e.g. don't label it JaneDoeWICWresume.pdf). 

You will be charged a $50 reading fee, via credit card.


WICW Fellowships // Brittingham & Pollak Poetry Prizes