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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.

Up to five winners will be selected to receive grants of $8,000 to underwrite projects of their own design. Please read the guidelines closely before applying.

Info sessions have concluded, but video of one session is available below.

Deadline to apply was March 31, 2017 at 11:59 p.m.

Guidelines (PDF)


2017 Minnesota Emerging Writers' Grant Recipients

The Loft received more than 200 qualified entries to the 2017 Minnesota Emerging Writers’ Grant competition. The Minnesota Emerging Writers’ Grant provides financial support and professional assistance to support the artistic or career advancement of writers who show significant potential, have a professional practice, have some level of professional achievement yet are under-recognized.

Applications were reviewed by a panel of five artists from Beyond Baroque based in Venice, California. The panel selected five winners, as well as first alternates, finalists, and honorable mentions. The five recipients will receive $8,000 each.

Grants were awarded to:

  • D. Allen of Minneapolis

  • Keno Evol of Minneapolis

  • Lorissa Gottschalk of Minneapolis

  • Bridget Mendel Lee of Minneapolis

  • Godfre Leung of St. Cloud

Learn More


Past Successful Examples & Info

Here are examples of successful resumes and artist narratives from past cycles of the Minnesota Emerging Writers' Grant.

Successful Artist Resume 1 (PDF)

Successful Artist Narrative 1

Successful Artist Resume 2 (PDF)

Successful Artist Narrative 2

Loft Info Session Video

The Minnesota Emerging Writers' Grant is supported by a grant from the Jerome Foundation and by Loft members.