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2017–2018 Loft Mentor Series

AWARD IS: OPEN

The Loft Mentor Series in Poetry and Creative Prose is now open. The deadline for entry is April 28, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. (CST).

2017–2018 Mentor Series

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 Jennifer Kwon Dobbs and Chris Abani, nonfiction writers Diane Wilson and Richard Blanco, and fiction writers Lesley Nneka Arimah and Vu Tran. Please read the full guidelines before beginning your application.

Guidelines (PDF)

Apply in Fiction

Apply in Nonfiction

Apply in Poetry

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.

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2016–2017 Recipients

2016–2017 Mentor Series Recipients

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 Sun Yung Shin and Abdul Ali, nonfiction writers Laura Flynn and Allison Hedge Coke, and fiction writers Julie Schumacher and Ayana Mathis.

Congratulations to the twelve writers selected this year: Angela Ajayi, Anthony Ceballos, Stephanie Chrismon, Trisha Collopy, Lorissa Gottschalk, Elizabeth Meyers, Cole Asong Nfonoyim-Hara, Erin Sharkey, Chavonn Shen, Elizabeth Tannen, Michael Torres, Michele Valenti.

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