Emerging Writer Fellowships

Miami Book Fair’s Emerging Writer Fellowships program offers a life-changing experience to fresh literary voices. Through the generous sponsorship of the Jorge M. Pérez Family Foundation at the Miami Foundation, we have selected three program recipients who will enjoy critical mentorship from a nationally established author in their respective genre, as well as a host of other strategic supports.

“The program truly reflects our mission to seek out, encourage, and offer concrete resources to exciting new writers,” said Lissette Mendez, MBF’s director of programs. “Providing relevant tools and a platform to an inclusive group of creative thinkers – who have important things to share and teach us – is an embodiment of what Miami Book Fair does.”

EWF supports developing writers who demonstrate exceptional talent and promise by providing them with time, space, and an intellectually and culturally rich artistic community. The program’s goal is to actively support these writers – who are working to complete a book-length project within a year – and help them launch their literary careers. Emerging Writer fellows are granted professional experience in arts administration, teaching creative writing, and other opportunities; a $41,000 stipend; and strong literary community support to allow for 12 glorious months of uninterrupted time to craft their works.

“The spirit of the Emerging Writer Fellowships program and its goals closely align with our efforts to support programs and initiatives that invest in our community, amplify diverse thought, and promote representation,” said Belissa Alvarez, director of The Jorge M. Pérez Family Foundation/Related Philanthropic Foundation. “All of these things drive social change and foster empowerment, and we’re thrilled to be a part of that work through Miami Book Fair.”

About the Jorge M. Pérez Family Foundation & CreARTE Program

The Jorge M. Pérez Family Foundation at The Miami Foundation fulfills the philanthropic vision of Jorge M. Pérez, chairman and CEO of The Related Group, his wife, Darlene, and his family, to shape a South Florida that is thriving, engaged, and serves as a model community for major cities around the globe. The foundation was launched in 2015 to build on Jorge and Darlene’s deep commitment to charitable giving and to establish a permanent legacy their children can carry forward.

The foundation’s CreARTE program – established to help develop the thriving arts community that is essential to making greater Miami a vibrant, connected, and culturally engaging place to live – invests in Miami-Dade organizations working to cultivate this ecosystem through expanding residents’ access to the arts and making our city a global hub for artistic excellence.

Other Emerging Writer Fellowships partners and funders include the Green Family Foundation, Jerome A. Yavitz Charitable Foundation, Miami Dade College, and Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs.

The Miami Book Fair Emerging Writer Fellowships are supported by The Jorge M. Peréz Family Foundation at The Miami Foundation.