WICW Fellowships // Brittingham & Pollak Prizes

There are presently no open calls for applications.


You have reached the submissions manager for the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing Fellowships, as well as the Brittingham & Felix Pollak Prizes in Poetry. The WICW Fellowship application deadline was February 1, 2017. The Brittingham & Felix Pollak Prizes will re-open July 1, 2017.

Please visit our website for complete details and frequently asked questions about the fellowships. Applicants should prepare the following materials before applying:

  • A resume or curriculum vitae, concluding with the names, phone numbers, and email addresses of two recommenders.
  • A writing sample consisting of either 10 pages of poetry (single-spaced and uploaded as a pdf) or up to 30 pages of fiction (double-spaced and uploaded as a pdf). Fiction applications must consist of either one short story or a novel excerpt. For either genre, your name must not appear anywhere on the manuscript. While previously published work may be submitted, your manuscript must in no way indicate that your work has been published.

Do not include more than one genre in a single submission. You may apply in more than one of our fellowship genres, but you must upload a separate application for each, with separate application fees. Graduates of the UW MFA program are only eligible for the HEAF Fellowship, which will be awarded for poetry manuscripts only in 2017. If you are not a graduate of UW’s MFA program you are not eligible for the HEAF!; please submit in the Poetry or Fiction category instead.

If you are submitting short fiction, please do not send more than one short story. The limit is one story no matter how short that story may be. If you send more than one story, we will only read the first. If you are sending a novel excerpt, you may (but need not) include a brief synopsis (one or two paragraphs) of the novel, as page one of the manuscript.