WICW Poetry & Fiction 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 and the Brittingham & Felix Pollak Prizes in Poetry. We are now reading for the WICW Fellowships (deadline March 1, 2020). Our Brittingham & Felix Pollak Prize submissions will re-open in July.

The Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing will host two fiction fellows and three poetry fellows for the 2020-2021 academic year. Each fellow will receive a stipend of at least $39,000, 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, 2020. 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 both of our fiction fellowships, and all poetry applicants will be considered for at least two poetry fellowships. However, please note that our third poetry opportunity—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 still 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 Ron Kuka at institutemail@english.wisc.edu.