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Creative Engagement Fellowship

The Virginia G. Piper Creative Engagement Fellowship is a merit-based fellowship that is awarded to full-time Master of Fine Arts students in Creative Writing at Arizona State University who have been accepted to present at or participate in a virtual creative writing opportunity requiring financial support and/or who are submitting to journals or publications. No travel can be covered this year due to the current travel restrictions at ASU resulting from COVID-19. Submissions fees to journals and contests are being added as expense items that can be submitted for funding this year. Examples of qualifying opportunities may include:

  • Presenting virtually at a conference or festival
  • Participating remotely in a competitive residency program, workshop, or other educational opportunity
  • Other engagements that offer unique opportunities for professional and creative advancement virtually
  • Submission fees to journals, contests, residencies, fellowships, or book contests, or other creative writing competitions

To learn more about the Creative Engagement fellowship, read the information below. You can also learn more about other graduate fellowships or other opportunities for ASU students.

About the Creative Engagement Fellowship

The Virginia G. Piper Creative Engagement Fellowship is a merit-based fellowship that is awarded to full-time Master of Fine Arts students in Creative Writing at Arizona State University who have been accepted to present at or participate in a creative writing opportunity requiring financial support. 

This fellowship award is intended to provide support for competitive opportunities that take place on a local, national, or international level, and that position students as leaders in their field or in their communities. This could, for example, involve a writer being featured as a presenter or speaker at a virtual creative writing conference, festival, or literary series, etc.; being included as part of a select group of creative writers for an advanced learning opportunity, such as a virtual writing residency, seminar, or workshop, etc; or for fees associated with submitting to competitive publishing opportunities at literary journals, presses, residencies, or other literary organizations.

If applying for funding to a virtual conference, festival, residency, or workshop, applications must demonstrate that the student has been selected or invited to participate; this award is not intended to fund attendance at a conference or festival where the student is not also presenting or being featured in some capacity. Applicants applying for funding to support submission fees for journals or contests must provide proof of submission payments once the submission has been completed.  Submissions do not need to be completed before applying for Fellowship funds. Fellowships can only be awarded once for the year but students may apply for reimbursement/support for multiple resources, submitted together for the length of the year. For instance, submission fees for multiple journals, contests, or other opportunities, should be bundled together into one large funding application. These submissions can take place all year and be reimbursed after submission. Funding for submission fees will not be paid out until proof of submission is provided. Reimbursements can be paid out multiple times but the Fellowship application should only be submitted once per year. If you have questions regarding whether an opportunity might qualify for this fellowship, please contact Piper Center Assistant Director Dana Tribke at dtribke@asu.edu.

Creative Engagement Fellowship Amount

The Creative Engagement Fellowship provides financial assistance to enable students to pursue competitive creative and professional opportunities alongside their studies. Award amounts will be determined based on an application’s submitted budget, and may be funded in full or in partial fulfillment of the provided budget, as determined by the proposal and budget’s merits and by the amount of award funding available from the Piper Center. Any costs that exceed the fellowship award will be at the student’s expense.

Submitted budgets should be clear, detailed, and well-researched, and should include only costs requiring financial assistance, with documentation provided as needed. For example, if seeking funding to support conference registration, attach a PDF of the conference website page demonstrating the conference rates. Please remember that no travel funding can be awarded for 2020/21 at this time.

Budgets for submission fees should include the journal, contest or contest name, submission deadline and the fee associated with submitting. Any submissions for the year should be listed in one budget for the application.

Creative Engagement Fellowship Eligibility

Current ASU MFA Creative Writing students are eligible to apply and may be in their 1st, 2nd, or even 3rd year as a student. Applicants must be enrolled as a student and in good academic standing at the time of the application deadline. Students may only submit one application for consideration during each academic year, and are ineligible to receive multiple Creative Engagement Fellowship awards during the same academic year.

Creative Engagement Fellowship Application

Submit documentation via the online portal (link above) no later than 11:59 PM on desired deadline. Applications are taken three times throughout the year. Files should be titled “LastName Engagement Fellowship” (ex: Doe Engagement Fellowship.pdf).

Include:

  • Fellowship Proposal (Up to 1 page, single-spaced): 

    A summary of the opportunity and how you will be featured or will participate, a list of submissions you will be submitting to and a statement on the professional and/or creative impact it will have on you as a writer.

  • Budget: 

    A detailed outline of all costs you are seeking support for through this fellowship, with justification statements and other documentation provided for clarity as needed.

     Submitted budgets should be clear, detailed, and well-researched, and should include only costs requiring financial assistance, with documentation provided as needed. For example, if seeking funding to support conference registration, attach a PDF of the conference website page demonstrating the conference rates. Please remember that no travel funding can be awarded for 2020/21 at this time.

     Budgets for submission fees should include the journal, contest or contest name, submission deadline and the fee associated with submitting. Any submissions for the year should be listed in one budget for the application.

  • Acceptance or Invitation Letter or Contest Submission Description

    A PDF of your invitation or acceptance to participate in the opportunity

    A PDF of the Journal or Contest you plan to or have submitted for 

  • Curriculum Vitae: A professionally formatted CV including your creative and professional experiences and accomplishments

Deadlines

Applications will be accepted 3 times per year during the 2020-2021 academic year— September 25th, January 1st, and March 26th deadlines.

Please include proof of your acceptance or invitation to the opportunity with your application materials, and apply as soon in advance as you are able. Submissions to journals, contests, residencies, fellowships, book contests, or other creative writing competitions can be completed before or after the Fellowship application. For any prior submission please include those receipts. Submission fees paid before application should be included in the application packet. Submission fees paid after Fellowship award will need receipts emailed to Assistant Director, Dana Tribke at dtribke@asu.edu. Applications will be reviewed after each application deadline but may support opportunities occurring within the year. For example, an application awarded from the September 25th 2020 deadline may support a student opportunity occurring any time between August 1, 2020 to July 31st 2021.

Judging

The Piper Center reserves the right to judge the applications via an internal committee or to use judges external to ASU, depending on the funding amount and number of applications received. Awards will be announced within one month of each deadline. 

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More Information

For more information about the Virginia G. Piper Creative Engagement Fellowship, please reach out to Assistant Director, Dana Tribke. Email: Dtribke@asu.edu p: 480-965-1243