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FSG Writer’s Fellowship (Deadline: June 30)

Applications are open for the FSG Writer’s Fellowship until June 30, 2024. This Fellowship is a yearlong program designed to give an emerging writer from an underrepresented community additional resources to build a life around writing: funding, editorial guidance, and advice on how to forge a writing career. It offers the unique opportunity for a writer to spend time with and enjoy the support and mentorship of the FSG community.

The Fellowship Award

  • $15,000 paid over two installments: half paid at the start of the Fellowship program, half paid in June 2025
  • Yearlong mentorship with an FSG house author
  • Guidance from two in-house editors, who will offer line and structural feedback on the fellow’s work throughout the year 
  • Opportunities for meet-and-greets with representatives from other departments – including Publicity/Marketing, Art, Subsidiary Rights, and Managing Editorial – to discuss their areas of expertise, answer questions, and help build a broader understanding of the publishing business 
  • Support with networking beyond FSG
  • Opportunities to publish writing in Work in Progress, FSG’s weekly newsletter
  • A collection of FSG classics
  • Fellow agrees to offer to FSG the Fellow’s first book-length work before submitting to, or soliciting offers from, any other publisher

Application Requirements

Applicants must submit:

  • A sample of work—fiction, nonfiction, or poetry—aimed at an adult audience
    • For fiction and nonfiction, the sample must be between forty and fifty double spaced pages
    • For poetry, the sample must be eight to twelve pages
    • The sample can include previously published work and does not need to be from a single section of the work
  • A Statement of Purpose of no more than 500 words

Please note: The applicant’s name and contact information must not be anywhere on the writing sample or the Statement of Purpose—this includes within the uploaded file name.


  • The applicant must not have published a book-length work in any genre, have a book under contract, or be negotiating a contract either in the United States or abroad by the time the fellowship begins. Having published short poetry chapbooks will not exclude an applicant from eligibility
  • Applicants must submit in only one category (fiction, nonfiction, or poetry)
  • The applicant must be a U.S. Permanent Resident (green card) or U.S. Citizen
  • There are no experience, degree credentials, or location requirements, as this fellowship will take place remotely
  • The applicant should be writing for an adult audience in the English language
  • The applicant must be over 18 years of age
  • The applicant cannot be an employee or family member of an employee of FSG or any other Macmillan affiliate
  • The applicant may not use generative AI or work from AI-generated text for their samples and statements

Learn more and apply.