The Milton Postgraduate Fellowships offer new writers of Christian commitment the opportunity to complete their first book-length manuscript of fiction, poetry, or creative nonfiction. The Milton exists to encourage work by writers who seek to animate the Christian imagination, foster intellectual integrity and explore the human condition with honesty and compassion.
During their fellowship time, fellows will have a rich experience of literary and spiritual community; they will interact with the editorial staff of Image and the English department at Seattle Pacific University, participate in the Friday writer's workshop, and enjoy the lively literary scene in the beautiful Pacific Northwest.
Working with a Mentor
Each fellow will be matched up with a literary mentor. Mentors may include Seattle-area writers such as novelist Robert Clark, or they may choose a long-distance mentor, who may live anywhere in the U.S., and communicate via e-mail and phone. In the past, fellows have worked with writers such as Ron Hansen, Valerie Sayers, Scott Cairns, Diane Glancy, Brenda Hillman, Janet Peery, Ingrid Hill, and Marilynne Robinson.
The stipend for the nine-month fellowship is $16,000.
Fellows will be given the space and time they need to complete their books, but they will also be asked to contribute some of their time and talent to the community. During their time in Seattle, fellows will teach courses in the English department at Seattle Pacific University and share in the ongoing work of Image and the Center.
Fellows represent the Milton Center and Image by giving readings, teaching workshops, and participating in conferences. Each Fellow will receive a stipend each month and is required to live in Seattle, Washington from September 15 through June 15.
Eligibility: All applicants must be U.S. citizens, or be able to show proof of permanent residency, unexpired temporary residency, or a current valid visa, and possess at least an M.A. in English Literature, Creative Writing, or the humanities, or an MFA in Creative Writing. Fellowships will be awarded to applicants who present a clearly formulated proposal, a high quality of writing, and a demonstrated ability to complete the project. Teaching experience would be an asset, but is not required.
Deadline: March 15 (postmark date)
For further information, click here to e-mail for information, or call 206-281-2988.