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ABOUT THE FELLOWSHIP

1. THE NEW STORY OF IOWA
The traditional story of Iowa is one of farming-based settlements and European immigrants. But TODAY’S IOWA IS A DIFFERENT STORY—a uniquely beautiful tapestry woven from people of many backgrounds, most of whom are experiencing America for the first time through the lens of our state. THIS NEW STORY NEEDS TO BE TOLD, especially from the voices of those who are experiencing it firsthand, so that we can all gain new perspectives of who we are as Iowans.

2. THE FELLOWSHIP
The BICULTURAL IOWA WRITERS’ FELLOWSHIP (BIWF) is the state’s first fully funded residency for emerging writers who are immigrants and non-native Iowans. The fellowship provides education, support, and resources from the renowned literary community of Iowa. It offers space and time for writers to explore their multilayered identities and the platform share their stories with a state-wide audience. As a whole, the fellowship creates a living documentation of the immigrant experience in Iowa and begins to tell a new story of our state. 

3. BENEFITS & COMPENSATION
BIWF WILL GIVE THREE EMERGING WRITERS AN UNMATCHED OPPORTUNITY to grow in their writing abilities and professional resources. Each fellow will receive the following opportunities and benefits: 
- Lodging and meals at the Iowa Writers’ House for three extended weekend residencies
- Guided introduction to the Iowa City–City of Literature community and its resources
- Professional educational workshops with industry experts and established writers
- Expansion of literary professional network
- Collaborative workshops and guidance
- Support in translation from a university MFA student
- $500 honorarium
- $250 transportation stipend (for the fellowship and subsequent event travel)
- Funded publication of their final collection of stories (print & digital)
Total Value Per Fellow: $12,500

4. WRITING PROJECTS
Our fellowship asks writers to APPROACH THEMES OF MIGRATION, REFUGE, AND HOME. Writers work together during the first residency to determine their approaches to the project, which can include stories, essays, or poems. Over the course of their six month fellowship, writers’ are asked to develop a collection of five pieces. Applicants writing Nonfiction are highly encouraged. If writers prefer fiction or poetry, we require there be at least one Nonfiction essay about the writers’ bicultural experience in Iowa. (This work can build off of their application piece or be a new work.) The work can be developed in English or their native language and it will be translated to the respective second language in collaboration with a university translator. Fellows commit to completing their writing projects for publication within the timeline provided (between December 1, 2018 and March 15th, 2015), holding one reading in their town, and attending the final project celebration and presentation of work. They also commit to seven to ten book tour visits during the subsequent eight-month period after the book launches.

5. WHO SHOULD APPLY
1. This program is open to all Iowa residents who identify as Iowans and identify with more than one culture. Examples include—but are not limited to—Iowans from immigrant families (first, second, or third generation), people of mixed heritage, Native American/First Nations heritage, Polynesian heritage, etc. We also accept applications from adoptees.
2. Applicants should be interested in writing about issues relating to identity, culture, and place, as well as passionate about sharing their voice and the voices of their communities.
3. A general understanding of English is important to ensure the fellows can make the most of the BIWF experience and can communicate with the workshop instructors and other fellows. Translators are provided for translating the written works for the final publication so fellows need not be fluent in their second cultural language.
4. FELLOWS MUST BE AVAILABLE FOR ALL THREE RESIDENCIES. Also they will be asked to make 7-10 book tour appearances during the subsequent 8 months. A travel stipend is provided to support all these visits.

If you have a question concerning your eligibility, please do not hesitate to contact us at welcome@iowawritershouse.com


6. HOW TO APPLY
1. Fill out the application below
2. Make sure you are availble for the key dates listed below
3. Submit a Letter of Recommendation
4. Submit a Nonfiction Writing Sample (500-1000 words) on the one of the following themes: Migration, Home or Refuge
(full Instructions are available on the application)

7. KEY DATES
October 1- October 28th:
Fellowship is Open for Applications
October 28th:
Application Period Closes
November 2-5:
Fellows are awarded
December 7-9:
First Residency
Jan 25-27th: Second Residency
March 1-3: Third Residency
March 20th: Final Works Complete
May 18th: Publication Celebration Event


ORDER THE 2018 COLLECTION

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THE FIRST EVER STORY COLLECTION
FEATURING ORIGINAL STORIES
FROM IMMIGRANT & FIRST
GENERATION IOWANS. 

"WE THE INTERWOVEN:
AN ANTHOLOGY OF BICULTURAL IOWA"


COST: $14.95
(plus shipping and handling)

 

 

WHAT READERS ARE SAYING:

"This is the first time I've seen a story in print that represents me as a Mexican-American."- Serg G.

"Iowan need to read these stories and we're glad you're making it possible."- Mary W. 


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