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 and the Cornelia T. Bailey Foundation, we are beginning the third cycle to select 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 $50,000 stipend; and strong literary community support to allow for 12 glorious months of uninterrupted time to craft their works.

Application deadline extended to May 15, 2024

“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.”

The Miami Book Fair Emerging Writer Fellowships program is supported by The Jorge M. Peréz Family Foundation at The Miami Foundation, the Green Family Foundation, Cornelia T. Bailey Foundation, the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, and the Florida Department of State Division of Arts and Culture.