The BIWF is the state’s first fully funded residency for emerging writers who are immigrant, first-, or second-generation Iowans. It provides education, support, and resources in the renowned UNESCO City of Literature—Iowa City. It offers space and time for writers to explore their multilayered identities and the platform to share their stories with a statewide audience. Each fellow gets the opportunity of a lifetime to study, learn, and grow in their writing and ultimately to have their stories published by the Iowa Writers’ House.

Our programs discovers voices whose stories can contribute to the history of our state—one that today includes a thriving bicultural and immigrant presence. opening a window into the complexity of the immigrant experience through the stories of its newest residents. Through the creation of new literature written by our own diverse citizens, Iowans can find opportunities for understanding each other and creating a more connected tomorrow.

Anyone who identifies with more than one culture can apply. Applications open each year during October and the following year’s fellow are announced in November. While there is no age limit, priority is given to writers with the time and space to maximize the opportunity the fellowship offers.