Opportunities For Parents 


Deadline for Submissions: February 1st, 2021 


We are proud to announce the MVICW Parent-Writer Fellowships (est. in 2016 by generous support from The Sustainable Arts Foundation).


Writers who are also parents have increased difficulties in making time for their writing. Our Parent-Writer Fellowships are intended to give parents the time and financial support to devote a week to themselves and their writing at MVICW. The fellowships are open to anyone who has a child age 16 or younger living with them. Four recipients (two in poetry, two in fiction/CNF) will receive the full retreat package, covering tuition and lodging. Two runners-up (one in each genre) will receive $500 credit toward the cost of tuition. 

Three Full Fellowships:

One Poetry & One Fiction/CNF

& Third in Either Genre

Tuition & Lodging for the Week

$1700 Fellowship Value


Two Second Prize Fellowships

One Poetry & One Fiction/CNF

$500 Toward Tuition

Please note: In the case that the 2021 Summer Writers’ Conference must be virtual (due to continued health concerns with Covid-19), first place Fellowship & Contest winners will receive full registration for the conference as their award. Second prize winners will receive $500 off registration.



Judge Forthcoming

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Samrat Upadhyay is the first Nepali-born fiction writer to be published in the United States. His debut short story collection Arresting God in Kathmandu was the winner of the 2001 Whiting Writers’ Award and his second short story collection, The Royal Ghosts, won the 2007 Asian American Literary Award. His first novel, The Guru of Love, was a New York Times Notable Book while his second novel, Buddha’s Orphans, was longlisted for the 2012 DSC Prize for South Asian Literature. His 2014 novel, The City Son, was longlisted for the PEN Open Book award. His latest story collection, Mad Country, has been called “brilliant, daring, and memorable” by the New York Times Sunday Book Review. 




Amelia Martens is the author of The Spoons in the Grass are There To Dig a Moat (Sarabande Books), and four poetry chapbooks, including Ursa Minor (elsewhere magazine). She is the recipient of a 2019 Al Smith Individual Artist Fellowship from the Kentucky Arts Council; her work has also been supported by a Sustainable Arts Foundation fellowship to Rivendell Writers’ Colony and by the Kentucky Foundation for Women. She met her husband in the Indiana University MFA program; together they have created the Rivertown Reading Series, Exit 7: A Journal of Literature and Art, and two awesome daughters.


The Sustainable Arts Foundation is a non-profit foundation supporting artists and writers with families. It was co-founded in 2010 by Caroline and Tony Grant. Their mission is to provide financial awards to parents pursuing creative work.

The Martha's Vineyard Institute of Creative Writing

a 501 (c) 3 Nonprofit Organization

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Many of the Vineyard photos courtesy of Vineyard Colors www.vineyardcolors.com

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