How to Apply

How to apply

Applications are currently closed. Check back again in November 2022.

Program Benefits

  • $3000 grant from SDWG to be used for writing-related expenses.
  • Membership in SDWG during the membership year and the following year.
  • Access to mentors who can offer assistance with craft, revision, publishing, promotion, or other writing needs identified by the Fellow.
  • Chance to promote self/work through SDWG mailing list and social media.
  • Professional website designed by Valley of Writers and hosted for three years.
  • Opportunity to help shape the artistic vision of SDWG as we grow.
  • The Fellow will have opportunities to read her work at Guild events.
  • The Fellow will have the opportunity to teach or co-teach a SDWG workshop or program.


  • The Fellow will be expected to communicate regularly with SDWG about the progress of work.
  • The Fellow will address, in person or virtually, the SDWG annual meeting.
  • The Fellow will write one blog for the SDWG newsletter
  • At the end of the fellowship, the Fellow will give feedback about the experience.

Applicant Criteria

  • The applicant will be 18 or older, self-identify as a woman or gender expansive person of color, and not yet have published a book (or have one under contract).
  • The applicant will have a demonstrated passion for writing fiction.
  • The applicant should live in Berkshire, Franklin, Hampshire, or Hampden County.

Program Timeline

  • Applications must be completed, and writing sample submitted between November 1 and December 30, 2021.
  • Finalists will be asked to participate in an interview.
  • The selection committee decision will be announced by March 1, 2022.
  • The fellowship term will run May 2022 – May 2023.

If you have questions, contact Ellen Meeropol at ellenmeeropol[at] 

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