About the Fellowships 

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 practising 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, a 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 2018 admission on September 1, 2017. The application deadline is December 1, 2017 at 11:59 PST.

We strongly prefer that applicants apply online for the Stegner Fellowship. Click here for the application link.

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 click here to download and complete our paper application form given here, then mail it together with all required documents between September 1 and December 1.

Mailing Address:

Creative Writing Program
450 Serra Mall, Bldg. 460
Stanford, CA 94305-2087

Application Process:

  • Your biographical information (including education and publications)
  • Contact information for two recommends (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

Contact:

Send further questions to stegnerfellowship@stanford.edu.

For more information, please visit the official website here.

 

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