You have reached the submissions manager for the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing Fellowships, as well as the Brittingham & Felix Pollak Prizes in Poetry. We are currently reading WICW Fellowship applications (deadline: February 1). The Brittingham & Felix Pollak Prizes will re-open July 1, 2017.

Please visit our website for complete details and frequently asked questions. 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.


Ends on February 1, 2017$ 50.00
$ 50.00
The Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing offers two $30,000 poetry fellowships annually: the Ron Wallace Fellowship (new this year) and the Jay C. and Ruth Halls Fellowship. Any applicant with an MFA or Ph.D. in creative writing (or any applicant who will receive an MFA/Ph.D. by August 15, 2017) is eligible, as long as the applicant has published no more than one collection of poetry. 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, though your application will remain anonymous until the final moments of the selection process. Once again, 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.

Ends on February 1, 2017$ 50.00
$ 50.00
The Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing will offer two $30,000 fiction fellowships for the 2017-2018 academic year: the James C. McCreight Fellowship, and the Carol Houck Smith Fellowship. Any applicant with an MFA or Ph.D. in creative writing (or any applicant who will receive an MFA/Ph.D. by August 15, 2017) is eligible, as long as the applicant has published no more than one novel or story collection. 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, though your application will remain anonymous until the final moments of the selection process. Once again, although your name and contact information should appear in the CV itself, please don't include your information in the CV's file name (e.g., don't upload a file labeled JaneDoeWICWresume.pdf).

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