Opportunities For LGBTQ+ Writers 


Deadline for Submissions: March 1st, 2021 

We are proud to announce the Queer-Writer Fellowships


Established in 2019, these fellowships assist with our commitment to increasing philanthropic support for LGBTQ+ writers and expanding the American literary canon. Application for these fellowships is open to all queer-identified writers, ages 18 and older. The awards provide funding to attend a week of choice at the Martha’s Vineyard Institute of Creative Writing. Full Fellowship recipients will receive the full retreat package of tuition and lodging for a week of choice at this year's MVICW Summer Writers' Conference. Runner-Up Fellowship Recipients will receive $500 towards the cost of tuition. 

Two Full Fellowships:

One Poetry & One Fiction/CNF

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 both weeks of the conference as their award. Second prize winners will receive $500 off registration for the week of their choice.





Bob Bledsoe is a lecturer at Indiana University Bloomington and the director of the Indiana University Writers’ Conference. He is a Pushcart Prize nominee and his fiction has appeared in Ploughshares. He is at work on his first novel.

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Janan Alexandra is a Lebanese-American poet and MFA candidate at Indiana University. She is the recipient of fellowships from the Martha's Vineyard Institute for Creative Writing, the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center, and the Bucknell Seminar for Younger Poets. She currently serves as Poetry Editor at Indiana Review and teaches poetry workshops at Indiana University and throughout Southern Indiana. You can find her work in Ploughshares, The RumpusMiznaThe Adroit Journal and elsewhere.

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