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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.

Why we value grants and awards, and work to fund them: The Loft believes that literature is essential, that it creates understanding, empathy, inspiration, and delight as it helps us navigate our complex realities. We believe dialogue among readers and writers enriches our lives, our society, and our world. It is for this reason that the Loft continues to work with funders to award individual writers across multiple genres who demonstrate promise towards that ideal.

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.

Submittable Guide


McKnight Artist Fellowships

AWARD IS: OPEN

The deadline for entry is Friday, November 16, 2018 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.

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 Prose and Children Older Than Eight.

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


Loft "Mirrors and Windows" Mentorship

AWARD IS: CLOSED

The Loft "Mirrors and Windows" Mentorship is now closed for applications. The deadline to apply was Saturday, August 18 at 11:59 p.m.

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The “Mirrors and Windows” Mentorship is supported by a grant from the Jerome Foundation and by Loft members.


Loft Mentor Series in Poetry and Creative Prose

AWARD IS: CLOSED

The Loft Mentor Series in Poetry and Creative Prose is now closed to applications. The deadline to apply was May 31, 2018.

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The Loft Mentor Series in Poetry and Creative Prose is funded by the Jerome Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and by the generous support of Loft members.