The Alabama State Council on the Arts makes cash awards to individual writers in the literary arts based on merit of work, career achievement, career potential, and service to the state. The award recognizes artistic excellence as well as professional commitment and maturity. It is intended to contribute to the further development of the literary artist and the advancement of his or her professional career. Applicants are encouraged to be as specific as possible about the proposed use of fellowship funds.
Quality of work and professionalism as presented in the samples of work are particularly important, since there is a great deal of competition for fellowships. Samples of work may include fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, and screenwriting. Please, include a detailed resume along with the following: a list of published works with reviews (if available) and a minimum of ten pages of poetry or prose, but no more than 20 pages. If published, please, indicate where published and date of publication.
An applicant must be a legal resident of Alabama who has lived in the state for the two years prior to the application. An individual may submit only one fellowship application during the year. Fellowship recipients cannot apply again for six years after receipt of the award, but applicants who have not received a fellowship are encouraged to apply again. Artists who have received two fellowships are no longer eligible.
Applications must be submitted electronically via eGRANT by 4:45 p.m. March 1, 2012. Access to eGRANT is available at the Alabama State Council on the Arts website at www.arts.alabama.gov.
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(Photo of Abraham Smith, 2011 Literary Arts Fellow, courtesy of Abraham Smith)