The Beverly Rogers, Carol C. Harter Black Mountain Institute + The Believer magazine invite applications for residential fellowships for the 2019-20 academic year. Visiting fellows will join a community of creative writers and scholars in a thriving literary scene in Las Vegas and on the campus of UNLV, supported by individuals and groups who share our commitment to bringing writers and the literary imagination into the heart of public life.

 For more information on how to apply, please read our FAQ section. If we do not address your questions here, please contact Program Manager Sara Ortiz for more information. The application period closes at midnight (PST) on Sunday, November 11, 2018. 

 

 

Shearing Fellowships for Emerging Writers

For writers who have at least one book published by a trade press or a significant literary press, this fellowship includes a semester-long letter of appointment, an honorarium of $18,000, office space on the campus of UNLV, and subsidized housing in the bustling district of downtown Las Vegas—home to The Writer’s Block, our city’s leading independent bookstore. 

Each fellow will be recognized on The Believer’s masthead as a contributing editor (or, if appropriate, under another title). While there are no formal teaching requirements, this is a “working fellowship.” In addition to the primary goal of furthering one’s own writing during their term in Las Vegas, visiting fellows must fulfill at least 10 hours/week “service” requirement to BMI and The Believer. which is custom-scoped based on one’s skills and personal interest.  Upon acceptance into the program, the visiting fellow will craft a work plan in partnership with BMI’s program manager that is meaningful to all involved parties. Below, you’ll find examples of the kinds of activities a visiting fellow could pursue as part of their service requirements:

  • Participate in readings, craft-talks, and other direct engagement with our community of readers and writers;

  • Curate an event or program, leveraging personal networks. 

  • Contribute original work for publication in The Believer (i.e., a column or feature essay, or occasional work, such as lists, “Notes & Apologies,” etc.)

  • Provide editorial support to The Believer (edit essays, reviews, interviews, etc.) 

  • Assist with headlines, blurbs, and occasional Twitter campaigns; offer opinion on drafts and other editorial concerns.

Application details:

  • Please send a 1-page cover letter, a short writing sample (10-20 pages, double-spaced, 12 pt.), and a proposal (no more than two pages) for how you’d like to contribute to The Believer and/or BMI, as per the service requirements described above. Finalists will be asked to send copies of their books.

  • Candidate selection will be made by an advisory committee, comprised of community stakeholders, graduate students, and our staff.

 

Shearing Fellowships for Distinguished Writers 

The criteria and submission guidelines for Distinguished Writers are the same as above, only with heightened requirements: 3 books instead of 1.

For a writer with a significant national reputation, and at least three books published by trade presses, or a prestigious literary press, this fellowship includes a semester-long letter of appointment, an honorarium of $25,000, office space on the campus of UNLV, and subsidized housing in the bustling district of downtown Las Vegas—home to The Writer’s Block, our city’s leading independent bookstore.  

Each fellow will be recognized on The Believer’s masthead as a contributing editor or under another title, as appropriate. While there are no formal teaching requirements, this is a “working fellowship.”  In addition to furthering one’s own writing during their term in Las Vegas, visiting fellows must fulfill around five hours/week “service” requirement to BMI and The Believer. which is custom-scoped based on one’s skills and personal interest.  Upon acceptance into the program, the visiting fellow will craft a work plan in partnership with BMI’s program manager that is meaningful to all involved parties. Below, you’ll find examples of the kinds of activities a visiting fellow could pursue as part of their service requirements:

  • Participate in readings, craft-talks, and other direct engagement with our community of readers and writers;

  • Curate an event or program, leveraging personal networks. 

  • Contribute original work for publication in The Believer (i.e., a column or feature essay, or occasional work, such as lists, “Notes & Apologies,” etc.)

  • Provide editorial support to The Believer (edit essays, reviews, interviews, etc.) 

  • Assist with headlines, blurbs, and occasional Twitter campaigns; offer opinion on drafts and other editorial concerns.

Application details:

  • Please send a 1-page cover letter, a short writing sample (10-20 pages, double-spaced, 12 pt.), and a proposal (no more than two pages) for how you’d like to contribute to The Believer and/or BMI, as per the service requirements described above. Finalists will be asked to send copies of their books. 

  • Candidates will be selected by the staff and community members of BMI and The Believer.

 


 

City of Asylum Fellowship

The City of Asylum program provides safe haven for writers whose voices are muffled by censorship, or who are living with the threat of imprisonment or assassination. In 2001, City of Asylum Las Vegas was founded, the first such program in the United States. Groups in Ithaca, New York and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania have since formed similar programs.

Originally, asylum cities operated under the auspices of the International Parliament of Writers in Paris, which oversaw the greater worldwide asylum network of some 35 cities, most of which are in Europe. Upon the dissolution in 2004 of the IPW, the International Cities of Refuge Network was formed in order to serve as an umbrella organization and information clearinghouse for local asylum programs worldwide.

A City of Asylum is a free space, unfettered by censorship or political repression, in which writers who have undergone such hardship may safely practice their craft. Writers are hosted by a city or region for a period of one to two years. The writer receives a $45,000 annual stipend.