We’re very excited to offer the 1st Annual Eliza So Finish-Your-Book Fellowship
. The goal of the fellowship is to give a writer time and solitude to help finish a book that is already in progress. The fellowship includes room and board at Las Vegas’ Writer’s Block
for the month of June 2017, along with a $500 food stipend and $400 toward airfare. There is no fee to apply.
1) You have a novel, collection of stories, or memoir in progress (100 pages minimum) or poetry collection in progress (30 pages minimum)
2) You are at least one of the following: a) A US immigrant (documented or undocumented), b) first-generation American, c) a resident of Montana, or d) a parent with at least one child under the age of 5.
Applications are due by 11:59PM MST on Wednesday, March 15, 2017.
1) What is the Writer’s Block?
The Writer’s Block is located in downtown Las Vegas and consists of a Book Shop, Las Vegas’ only independent bookstore; Codex, a writers’ studio dedicated to education, production, and publishing; and The Book Machine, a unique and quick book-making tool for self-publishers. There is also an artificial bird sanctuary. See more at http://www.thewritersblock.org/
2) I was born in Montana, but have moved out of the state. Can I still apply?
No. If you’re applying based on the “resident of Montana” requirement, this means you must currently be a resident of Montana.
3) Are there any requirements beyond writing?
The Eliza So fellow will work with The Writer’s Block on a public-facing event, such as a reading or lecture.
4) What are the accommodations like?
You’ll be staying at a furnished apartment in the Pioneer Heights neighborhood of downtown Las Vegas. The studio apartment has an attached kitchen and bathroom. Free wifi is included. The apartment is on the ground floor and should be accessible for anyone with mobility issues.
5) Is there a gambling allowance?
No, unless you count your food stipend.
6) What if I have already published a novel, memoir, or full-length collection?
This is fine, as long as your book-in-progress is a different piece of work.
7) Who is Eliza So?
Eliza So immigrated to the US from Hong Kong in the early 1980’s with her husband Albert and their two young daughters. She worked in administrative and housekeeping jobs in the San Francisco Bay Area for many years, while she and Albert raised their daughters. In her late 50’s, she began showing signs of dementia, and she was diagnosed with early onset of Alzheimer’s in 2012. This fellowship is in honor of a very kind, hard-working, vibrant, and warm person who still remembers her daughters, one of whom is a Submittable employee.