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 Opportunities For LGBTQ+ Writers 


Deadline for Submissions: February 28, 2020


MVICW is proud to announce our inaugural Queer-Writer Fellowships.


Established in 2019, these fellowships provide support for LGBTQ+ writers. The opportunity is open to all queer-identifying writers, ages 18 and older. The awards provide funding to attend a week of choice at the Martha's Vineyard Institute of Creative Writing. Two First Prize recipients (one in poetry and one in prose) will receive the full retreat package, covering tuition and lodging completely. Two Second Prize recipients (one in each genre) will receive $500 credit toward the cost of tuition. These fellowships assist MVICW with our commitment to increasing philanthropic support for the LGBTQ+ community. 


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


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 FictionThe OffingFourteen HillsNo Tokens, and elsewhere. They live in New Orleans.



Samantha Tetangco is a Filipino-American writer with over a decade of teaching experience. A multi-genre writer, her short stories, creative nonfiction, and poetry have appeared in The SunFoglifterGargoylePhoebeGertrude and many others. She has an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of New Mexico where she served as editor-in-chief for Blue Mesa Review. Currently, Tetangco lives in California's Central Valley and serves as Associate Director of the Karen Merritt Writing Program at University of California Merced. She is also the president of the Association of Writers and Writing Conference's LGBTQ Caucus.