RACC Individual Artist Fellowship in Literature 2017, USA

Publish Date: May 22, 2017

Deadline: Jun 14, 2017


The Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) Fellowship Award Program recognizes artistic achievement and excellence and offers individual artists greater opportunities to advance their work. The program is intended to help individual artists of high merit sustain or enhance their creative process. RACC intends to award two (2) $20,000 Literature Fellowships.


The Fellowship Award recognizes individual artists in the tri-county area who are the strongest representatives of the range and diversity of art in the Northwest. The Fellowship Award honors professional artists with the intent of helping sustain or enhance their artistic process.


An artist’s commitment to the crafting of an idea, the honing of a vision and the development of a consequential body of work, requires discipline, rigor, curiosity, singularity and generosity of spirit. For artists who possess these qualities, their profession is a self-directed life choice, and their continued development reflects the shape of our region and the voice of our time. It is this mature and dedicated artist that the Fellowship program seeks to honor and support. In 2017, RACC will honor literary artists (Fiction, Creative Non-Fiction, Poetry, Playwriting) through the Fellowship program.


To be eligible for the RACC Fellowship, an applicant must: 1. Be a professional artist, as recognized by his/her peers, with a minimum of 10 years of professional art making in a literary discipline. 2. Have been a resident of Oregon for a minimum of 5 years, and currently physically reside in Clackamas, Multnomah, or Washington County. 3. Have been active on a regular basis in the tri-county area through exhibitions, presentations or by offering arts-related opportunities for tri-county citizens. 4. Be a recognized artist within the literary field. 5. Provide RACC with a Social Security number and W-9 Form upon notification that they have been awarded a Fellowship. 


The following entities are not eligible to apply for the Fellowship: 1. Graduate or undergraduate matriculated students enrolled in an arts degree or certificate program. 2. Groups of individual artists. 3. Current board members, staff, consultants, or current Fellowship panelists for the Regional Arts & Culture Council, or their immediate family members. 4. Prior recipients of a RACC Fellowship.


Supplemental materials must be uploaded through GrantsOnline as part of the application submission. All applicants should submit:

1. Two original Letters of Recommendation. These letters should speak to the strengths of your work, your contribution to the community, or other relevant information.

2. Manuscript samples reflecting a selective representation of the last ten years of work. The selection panel will review no more than the maximum amount of material requested. Applicants should submit at least one of the following, as appropriate to their discipline:

Poetry - Applicants should submit at least 10, but not more than 15 pages of typed, double-spaced manuscript. One poem per page please.

• Fiction and Creative Nonfiction - Applicants should submit at least 20, but not more than 30 pages of typed, double-spaced manuscript. If an excerpt of a longer work is submitted, it should be briefly placed in context (maximum of two additional pages).

• Playwriting - Applicants should submit the 1st or 2nd act of a completed play not to exceed 40 pages or a completed one act play not to exceed 40 pages. If submitting a single act from a play, it should be briefly placed in context (maximum two additional pages).

• Please note that applicants may submit one or more writing samples as their manuscript, but the total pages cannot exceed the maximum pages stated for the discipline.

3. Applicants may also submit up to four additional reviews, publicity, or articles

Preparation Of Materials

When formatting your materials, please note that work samples and supplemental materials will be reviewed by panelists electronically.

• Manuscripts - Applicants are advised to send clean manuscript copies saved as PDF documents with margins of at least one inch on all sides and no less than 12 point font. Please do not submit scanned originals or copies from either books or magazines.

• Letters of Recommendation – May be scanned or digital, and should be submitted as PDF files. 

• Other materials - Submit articles, publicity, and other appropriate documents as PDF files. You may also upload a document with web links to other materials if needed. Please use the upload description field to describe the contents of each document.


Review Criteria

When crafting your responses to the narrative items, please keep the review criteria in mind:

1. Proof of high artistic quality in applicant’s work.

2. Evidence of a serious, continued artistic or aesthetic investigation in the applicant’s work.

3. Evidence of a mature and sustained level of art-making for at least the last 10 years.

4. A sustained level of arts-related activity which has occurred in the tri-county region.

5. Evidence of the applicant’s involvement in the community and the importance of his/her work to the local culture.

6. Demonstration of a significant effect resulting from anticipated Fellowship award.

Review Process

1. RACC grants staff will review applications for basic eligibility. Ineligible applicants will be notified via email.

2. Panelists are selected by RACC grants staff, encompassing a combination of artists, arts professionals, and community representatives. Panelists are announced after the panel has met. Individuals from in and outside the tri-county area may participate on the panel. WE’RE HERE TO HELP! RACC Grants Staff is available to provide technical support for applicants. If you need access to a computer, assistance preparing your materials, or help submitting your application in the GrantsOnline system, please let us know. For assistance contact Jack MacNichol at 503-823-2928 or jmacnichol@racc.org.

 3. The Literature Fellowship panel will recommend recipients to the RACC Grants Review Committee (GRC), who will then make a recommendation to the RACC Board of Directors for final approval.

4. Panel review sessions are not open to the public.


RACC intends to award two (2) $20,000 Literature Fellowships.

Conditions of Fellowship Award

1. The award funds are used as the awardee deems appropriate. All work produced with Fellowship funds remains the property of the artist.

2. Credit must be given to RACC in all promotional materials pertaining to any work produced with support of the award.

3. Recipients must present to the RACC Board during their Fellowship period.

4. RACC has the right to use documentation of work created by the Fellowship recipient during the year of the award in its promotional materials.

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