Welcome to the application for Iowa’s first writing fellowship for bicultural Iowans! We're so glad you're applying, and we look forward to reading your submission.  


Before applying to this fellowship, please read our webpage detailing what this fellowship is, applicant eligibility, the description of the fellowship programs, and key dates you'll need to be available. We highly recommend that you give yourself plenty of time to apply and do not wait until the last minute. Ask for your letters of recommendation early and get started on your writing sample right away.

If you have any questions, don't hesitate to email us. We understand that for many, this may be a first-time opportunity to take the next step in writing, and we want to make you as comfortable as possible with the process. 


Instructions: Please fill out the following form as the main application. In addition, we ask that you email us the three items below (noted as I.-III.) to welcome@iowawritershouse.com. Note your name in the subject line and BIWF. 

I. Writing sample—Please provide 1-2 pieces of your writing that demonstrate your voice. They should be 500-1000 words per piece. At least one of your writing samples must be a nonfiction essay about you or your family’s bicultural experience. These do not necessarily need to be completed pieces, and the work may be cross-genre. We are looking for an example of your style and the types of things you like to write about. 

II.  Letter of recommendation—This letter can be from a community member, friend, or family member—someone who knows you. The letter should tell us who you are as a person and should speak of your heart, your dedication, and your desire to create. Please have this person email the letter of recommendation to welcome@iowawritershouse.com with the subject title being your name followed by the words "Letter of Recommendation" (i.e., "Name of Applicant - Letter of Recommendation"). 

III. Work experience (optional)—If you have a current résumé or CV that you would like to send us, please email it to welcome@iowawritershouse.com. If you do not have a résumé or CV, you may list your current employer and one previous employer. If you are currently unemployed or retired, please note that. 

Name *
Address *
Main Phone Number *
Main Phone Number
Additional Phone Number
Additional Phone Number
Date of Birth *
Date of Birth
How did you find out about this residency? *
KEY DATES Each residency begins Thursday night at 7 pm and ends Sunday at 6 pm. If you are not able to get Friday off, we will work with you to accommodate your schedule; please make a note of this in the following questions. December 7-9: Residency #1 February 1-3: Residency #2 March 8-10: Residency #3 March 11: Copyedits due March 15: FINAL DRAFTS DUE May 1: Book release May 18: Iowa City book launch reception Additional 5-10 appearances throughout Iowa for touring, spanning an 8-month period
Do you have/Are you able to find transportation to and from Iowa City during the dates of the residency? (Note: This residency includes a stipend for transportation. If you are unable to participate because of transportation, please know that we are still interested in adding you to a list of bicultural writers for future projects.)
About the Artist
Using no more than 350 words for each response, please answer the following questions in full sentences.
Please share where you’ve lived and a general overview of your life history.
Has Iowa been your lifelong home since birth, or have you made Iowa your new home?
Please know that formal training in writing is not required. However, please include any educational experiences you have had (for example, college classes, workshops, etc.).
What type of writing do you do? Check all that apply. *
List any publications, presentations, or public displays of your work.