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The 2015 Emerging Voices Fellowship Application is Now Open

Apply for Emerging Voices, a literary fellowship that aims to provide writers, who lack access, with the tools they will need

By LatinoLA Contributor
Published on LatinoLA: May 28, 2014


The 2015 Emerging Voices Fellowship Application is Now Open


PEN Center USA, a literary nonprofit based in Beverly Hills, is accepting applications for the 2015 Emerging Voices Fellowship. Founded in 1995, the Emerging Voices Fellowship aims to provide new writers, who lack access, with the specific tools they need to launch a professional writing career.

Over the course of eight months, each Emerging Voices Fellow participates in a professional mentorship, hosted Author Evenings with prominent local authors, a series of master classes focused on genre, a voice class, courses donated by UCLA Writers' Extension Program, and several public readings in Los Angeles.

Fellows have been paired with prominent authors for mentorship including Sherman Alexie, Aimee Bender, Chris Abani, H?®ctor Tobar, Ron Carlson, Jerry Stahl, Susan Straight, and Harryette Mullen, to name a few. To date, 119 individuals have completed the Emerging Voices Fellowship. Alumni have published over thirty books and have received hundreds of anthology inclusions, awards, honors, and fellowships.

Most recently, Cynthia Bond, 2005 Emerging Voices Alum, had her novel Ruby published by Hogarth Press, a Crown/Random House Literary Imprint, on April 29, 2014 and 2008 Emerging Voices Fellow Shanna Mahin's novel, Oh! You Pretty Things, was just sold to Dutton - Penguin Books USA in a significant deal.

Applications for the 2015 Emerging Voices Fellowship can be found at www.penusa.org.

The current 2014 Emerging Voices Fellows are Brandon Jordan Brown, Marci Carrillo, Andr?®s Reconco, Margaret Spilman, Hanne Steen, and Victor Vazquez.

The 2014 Emerging Voices Author Evening series include visits from prominent author and agents including Cecil Castellucci, Percival Everett, Douglas Kearney, Janet Fitch, Charles Yu, Harryette Mullen, Bonnie Nadell, Maggie Nelson, and Bernard Cooper.

PEN Center USA has a membership of more than 600 professional writers and strives to protect the rights of writers around the world, to stimulate interest in the written word, and to foster a vital literary community among the diverse writers living in the western states.

For more information on the Emerging Voices Fellowship, please contact Program Manager Libby Flores at PEN Center USA: ev@penusa.org.

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