Grants and Awards
The Loft offers a broad range of award opportunities for writers at various stages of their artistic development. Grants and awards allow participants to focus on their craft over the course of a year; to hone their skills working with nationally acclaimed authors; and to embark on projects of their own design to further their artistic careers. Major programs are listed below, but unique, one-time programs are frequently announced for specific communities of writers.
All Loft awards now require use of the online submission portal Submittable. If this is your first time using Submittable, download and read the handy PDF guide below.
Minnesota Emerging Writers' Grant
AWARD IS: CLOSED
The Minnesota Emerging Writers’ Grant provides writers with financial support and professional assistance to develop and implement multifaceted plans for their artistic endeavors.
Winners will be selected to receive grants of up to $10,000 to underwrite projects of their own design. The total amount that can be awarded is $38,000. The total number of winners will be dependent on the requests. Typically, four writers are awarded grants. Please be sure to download and read the full guidelines before submitting your application.
Deadline to apply was 11:59 p.m. on April 3, 2015.
Loft Mentor Series in Poetry and Creative Prose
AWARD IS: OPEN
The Loft Mentor Series in Poetry and Creative Prose is now open. The deadline for entry is April 27, 2015 at 11:59 p.m. (CST).
The Loft Mentor Series in Poetry and Creative Prose offers twelve emerging Minnesota writers the opportunity to work intensively with six nationally acclaimed writers of prose and poetry. Selected participants work throughout the year with the six mentors, and all participants and mentors give public readings at the Loft. The mentors for the upcoming season will be poets Sean Hill and Sherry Quan Lee, nonfiction writers Carolyn Holbrook and Joni Tevis, and fiction writers Cristina Henríquez and Marisha Chamberlain.
The Loft Mentor Series in Poetry and Creative Prose is made possible through the support of the Jerome Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, Park Construction Company, and by contributions of Loft members.
McKnight Artist Fellowships
AWARD IS: CLOSED
The McKnight Artist Fellowships for Writers is now closed. The deadline for entry was Friday, October 31, 2014 at 11:59 p.m. (CST).
The McKnight Artist Fellowships for Writers awards $25,000 annually to five accomplished Minnesota writers. Learn more about winners, judges, and guidelines. These fellowships are funded by the McKnight Foundation.
The Loft administers the McKnight Artist Fellowships for Writers, which provide Minnesota writers of demonstrated ability with an opportunity to work on their writing for a concentrated period of time. Five $25,000 fellowships are awarded. One Award in Children’s Literature alternates annually between writers for children under the age of eight and writers for older readers. Four fellowships alternate annually between writers of poetry/spoken word poetry and writers of creative prose. The awards this year are in Creative Prose and Children Older Than Eight.
2015 McKnight Artist Fellowship Recipients
The Loft is pleased to announce the winners of the 2015 McKnight Artist Fellowships for Writers in Creative Prose and Children's Literature (Older Children).
For the award in Poetry/Spoken Word Poetry, judge LeAnne Howe selected Susanne Aspley, Shannon Gibney, Josh Ostergaard, and Susan Power. Honorable mentions went to Danielle Sosin, Nancy Scott Hanway, Tami Mohamed Brown, and Eric Vrooman.
For the Award in Children's Literature (Older Children), judge Connie Hsu chose Kelly Barnhill. Honorable mentions went to Megan Atwood, Laura Salas, and Lynne Jonnell.
This program is made possible by the generous support of the McKnight Foundation.
Spoken Word Immersion Grant
AWARD IS: CLOSED
Deadline: October 10, 2014
The Loft Spoken Word Immersion Fellowship for artists of color and Indigenous artists provides writers financial support and professional assistance to develop and implement self-selecting community learning and enrichment plans. Winners will be selected to receive grants of $7,500 to underwrite projects of their own design. At least one winner will be a Minnesota resident. The total number of winners will be dependent on the requests.
The Immersion Grant is funded by the Surdna Foundation.
Loft Inroads Mentoring Award: Immigrants and Refugees
AWARD IS: CLOSED
The Loft Literary Center’s Inroads programs provides opportunities for emerging writers from marginalized communities to work with established writing mentors from their own communities. Learn more about the judge, guidelines, and eligibility. The Loft’s Inroads Mentorship for Immigrants and Refugees is supported by the Laura Jane Musser Fund, Traveler’s Employee Diversity Committee, United Arts, and the contributions of Loft members.