McKnight Artist Fellowships for Writers


2015 McKnight Artist Fellowships

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 Loft Literary Center is pleased to announce the 2015 McKnight Artist Fellowships for Writers. 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.

This program is made possible by the generous support of the McKnight Foundation.

2014 McKnight Artist Fellowship Recipients

The Loft is pleased to announce the winners of the 2014 McKnight Artist Fellowships for Writers, Loft Awards in Poetry/Spoken Word Poetry and Loft Award in Children's Literature (Younger Children).

For the award in Poetry/Spoken Word Poetry, judge Nikky Finney selected Sierra DeMulder, Danez Smith, Sun Yung Shin, and Carolyn Williams-Noren. Honorable mentions went to Rita Moe, Kristin Naca, and Tracy Youngblom.

For the Award in Children's Literature (Younger Children), judge Jordan Brown chose Molly Beth Griffin. Honorable mentions went to Michael Hall, David LaRochelle, and Janet Lawson.

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About the Fellowships

The Loft administers the McKnight Artists Fellowships for Writers. Five $25,000 awards are presented annually to accomplished Minnesota writers and spoken word artists. Four awards alternate annually between creative prose (fiction and creative nonfiction) and poetry/spoken word. The fifth award is presented in children’s literature and alternates annually for writing for ages eight and under and writing for children older than eight. Writers must have either published a book in the genre in which they are applying, or have a significant number of publications in literary magazines. The awards provide the writers the opportunity to focus on their craft for the course of the fellowship year. 

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The Loft McKnight Artist Fellowships for Writers are supported by the McKnight Foundation.