Opportunities For LGBTQ+ Writers 


Deadline for Submissions: 2020 Fellowship Closed, Stay Tuned for 2021 Fellowship Information 

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


Four Second Prize Fellowships:

Two Poetry & Two Fiction/CNF

$500 Toward Tuition





Tia Clark is a New Yorker with an MFA in fiction from Indiana University in Bloomington. They were the recipient of a Writer in the World Fellowship in Nepal and a Ross Lockridge Jr. Award in Fiction. They have received support and fellowships from the Omi International Arts Center in Ghent, NY, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, the Lambda Literary Foundation, The Elizabeth George Foundation, and the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing. Their fiction has appeared in The Kenyon ReviewAmerican Short Fiction, The OffingFourteen HillsNo Tokens, and elsewhere. They live in New Orleans.

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Samantha Tetangco is a Filipino-American writer and teacher. Her short stories, creative nonfiction, and poetry have appeared or are forthcoming in dozens of literary magazines including The Sun, Zone 3, GargoylePhoebeGertrude and others.  She has an MFA from the University of New Mexico and is the Associate Director of Writing at the University of California Merced. In her dailiness, Tetangco struggles with what it means to be a queer person of color who doesn’t often write about being a queer person of color. More often, her work revolves around the multitude of places she's once lived and (often) still calls home, including the San Francisco Bay Area, Albuquerque, New Mexico, and California's Central Valley where she currently lives with her wife and their two dogs.  

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