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Emerging Poets Fellowship FAQ

To apply for the Emerging Poets Fellowship, please visit the main Fellowship page.


Where does the Emerging Poets Fellowship program take place?

The Emerging Poets Fellowship program takes place at Poets House in Battery Park City. In addition to weekly workshop meetings, fellows are expected to attend special events and other programs taking place at Poets House. Participants are also encouraged to take advantage of Poets House’s collection, which includes more than 70,000 volumes of poetry and poetry-related material.


Who can apply?

The Emerging Poets Fellowship at Poets House supports early career/emerging poets. Age is not a factor in determining eligibility. Although Poets House welcomes everyone into a joyous exploration of the art in our library, the Emerging Poets Fellowship admissions process is highly competitive. The Fellowship invites applications from:

  • Poets who are residents of one of the five boroughs of New York City and have been residents for at least a year prior to the submission of the application;
  • Poets who are in the early stages of their career and seek artistic excellence, inquiry, experimentation, and affiliation;
  • Poets who are a year removed from their undergraduate or graduate degree, if they have completed a degree;
  • Poets who have published at least two non-student works, at most one full-length collection of poetry with a press;
  • Poets who have yet to be recognized;
  • Poets who can provide the minimum requirements for the work samples, completed outside of the time of enrollment as a student (if applicable);
  • Poets who are willing to commit to the full residency of fifteen weeks at Poets House, a stipulation of the funder whose breach will result in automatic disqualification;
  • Poets who have the flexibility of time and attention to take full advantage of the Fellowship opportunity at Poets House, a nationally recognized literary non-profit organization that features a library with over 70,000 books of poetry, and a dedication to creating affiliation, community, and points of entry into the study of poetry.


How long is the Emerging Poets Fellowship Program?

The 2019 Emerging Poets Fellowship will meet Tuesday evenings, 6:00-8:30 PM, for fifteen weeks between March and June 2019. There will also be an afternoon session on a Saturday (date to be determined). A final public reading will take place in June. Fellows are expected to be in attendance at all meetings.


Is there a tuition fee?

No, there is no fee for those accepted into the program.


Is there an application fee?

There is no fee to apply.


Is there a stipend?

Each participant will receive a $500 honorarium for their participation and a stipend of $100 to cover travel expenses. There may also be some funding to help participants pay for childcare expenses.


How are Fellows selected?

Applicants are reviewed by a selection panel comprised of distinguished poets as well as Poets House staff. The panel, which changes yearly, is culturally and aesthetically diverse, and takes into consideration applicants’ creative work, visibility, and financial/personal need. The panel selects twenty finalists for interview, and from these, ten Fellows will be chosen.


When is the next deadline?

Complete applications must be uploaded via Submittable by 11:59pm on December 20, 2018.


How many participants are in the program?

There will be ten poets chosen to participate in the Emerging Poets Fellowship Program.


How is the Fellowship structured?

  • Group Workshops: The Workshop Coordinator facilitates thirteen writing workshops (2.5 hours each), held in the evenings to minimize any loss of participants’ income. Workshops often take the form of discussion of Fellows’ work, but may include discussion of outside texts and other media, exploration of the library’s archives and resource materials, creation of a group project, or attending programs or taking trips together, at the discretion of the instructor. This is not a traditional MFA workshop.
  • Mentoring Tutorials: The Workshop Coordinator provides each student with two tutorial sessions (1-2 hours each). They also receive two one-on-one tutorial sessions (1 hour each)—with returning faculty and a poet of their choice (from a select list that in the past has included poets based in the tristate area)—for feedback of their work. All one-on-one sessions assess each poet’s needs and supports their practice.
  • Guest Lectures: Two poets, presenters from that season’s public programs, are brought into the workshop to discuss topics related to poetics and students’ questions.
  • Publishing Q & A: Editors from the publishing industry offer advice to emerging writers about the practical ins-and-outs of submitting their work.
  • Special Events: Participants are invited to special gatherings not open to the public, such as lunches with poets/presenters from our public programs.
  • Public Reading: The program culminates with a final public reading in Poets House’s Kray Hall. The reading is advertised in our spring calendar and on Poets House’s website and social media.
  • Evaluation: Students are required to fill out detailed questionnaires at the end of the program.
  • Alumni Gathering: Beginning in 2019, Poets House will add a special event that will allow past and current fellows the chance to socialize to create a deeper sense of community and continuity.


What can the Emerging Poets Fellowship offer me?

In addition to all the above, the Fellowship offers poets:

  • Features on our website and increased exposure (professional headshot and permanent webpage on our site featuring photo, poem, and author biography);
  • Special publishing opportunities (i.e., several Fellows writing original poems for the Wall Street Journal as representatives of our program);
  • A formal introduction to the history of Poets House, and to the inner workings of a major literary nonprofit;
  • Opportunities for sociability, integration into the life of Poets House, and community building;
  • Constant access to the library and public events;
  • An ongoing network of peers.


Are there other residencies you can recommend?

A list of national residencies, artist colonies, and retreats is maintained by Washington DC’s Beltway Poetry Quarterly.