Wallace Stegner Writing Fellowship at Stanford University, California, United States

Publish Date: Oct 19, 2016

Deadline: Dec 01, 2016

About the Fellowship

The online Stegner Fellowship application for 2017-2019 applicants will open on September 1, 2016 and close on December 1, 2016.

Unique among writing programs, Stanford offers ten two-year fellowships each year, five in fiction and five in poetry. All the fellows in each genre convene weekly in a 3-hour workshop with faculty.

Fellows are regarded as working artists, intent upon practicing and perfecting their craft. The only requirements are workshop attendance and writing. The program offers no degree.

In awarding fellowships, we consider the quality of the candidate’s creative work, potential for growth and ability to contribute to and profit from our writing workshops. The Stanford Creative Writing Program’s students are diverse in style and experience, with talent and seriousness the true common denominators.

To be a Stegner Fellow:

  • we do not require any degrees or tests for admission
  • no school of writing is favored over any other
  • chronological age is not a consideration

Fellowships include a living stipend of $26,000 per year. In addition, fellows’ tuition and health insurance are paid for by the Creative Writing Program. The Stegner Fellowship is a full-time academic commitment, and is not intended to be pursued concurrently with another degree program. Fellows must live close enough to Stanford to be able to attend workshops, readings, and events.

How to Apply

We began accepting applications for Fall 2017 admission on September 1, 2016. The application deadline is December 1, 2016.

We strongly prefer that applicants apply online for the Stegner Fellowship. Please consult our frequently asked questions page for questions about application content.

To complete the online application you will need the following:

  • Your biographical information (including education and publications)
  • Contact information for two recommenders (letters of recommendation not accepted)
  • Statement of plans (.doc/.pdf)
  • Manuscript (.doc/.pdf) fiction up to 9,000 words, poetry up to 15 pages
  • Credit card for application fee

Alternatively, you may still apply for a Stegner Fellowship by mail. To do so, please download and complete our paper application form, then mail it to us together with all required documents between September 1 and December 1.

If you have questions about the application process, please read the application form in its entirety and consult our frequently asked questions page. Send further questions to stegnerfellowship@stanford.edu.

We offer this Web-based application in hopes that it will make our application process as easy and convenient as possible for you. You can get started right now and won't have to wait for us to mail you a package. Applications submitted electronically receive the same consideration as applications submitted on paper.

You will receive a PIN and Password so that you can return to work on your application over several sessions. Your information is transmitted through a secured server and is kept confidential until you submit your application. Only after you submit your application will it be available for review by our admissions staff.

Please carefully read the instructions that appear throughout the application pages. You may get started on your application at any time, and you may return to it and make changes as many times as you like until you submit the application. You can only submit your application one time, between September 1 and December 1, and you may not make changes to the application after it is submitted. If your or your recommender's contact information changes, you may contact the admissions office with the new information."

To get started on your application, create an account to the right.

To APPLY click "Further official information" below and fill the application form.

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