The Georgia Review’s Emerging Writer Fellowship Program

The Georgia Review is pleased to announce our Emerging Writer Fellowship Program! Entries will be accepted June 1st—August 15th (additional instructions below).
With support from the National Endowment for the Arts, The Georgia Review will publish a special issue titled SoPoCo, for—”Southern Post-Colonial”—in spring 2022, which will celebrate the voices, history, and cultures of diasporic communities that have established themselves in the American Southeast since the late twentieth century.  This issue will demonstrate, on the one hand, that the vibrancy of current Southern culture cannot be fully appreciated without recognizing the critical contributions of the immigrant communities therein and, on the other, that diasporic communities of the American Southeast have essential qualities that differ significantly from their more-recognized sibling communities in coastal urban centers.  
We are also pleased to announce an emerging writer fellowship program in conjunction with the publication, funded by The Georgia Review in partnership with the nonprofit artist residency program AIR Serenbe, which is based outside of Atlanta.  The winners—one in prose, one poetry—will receive publication, win a one-month stay at AIR Serenbe, and give a reading in Athens, Georgia, with a $1500 honorarium and all travel and lodging provided.    
We invite emerging writers who write from these diasporic communities to apply. Applicants must not have published a full-length book, or have one under contract, by the application deadline.  Any current faculty, staff, or student at the University of Georgia is ineligible.  Applications will be judged by the Review’s editors. Every submission will be considered for publication in The Georgia Review.  
Online submissions require a $10 processing fee, with an exception for current subscribers, who may submit online at no cost. Subscribers: Please email to receive a link to submit for free, providing the genre of the work to be submitted and your full name and address (including zip code). 

The application has two components:    
1. A 1-2 page cover letter (single spaced with one-inch margins and 12-point font) that includes your contact information (name, address, phone number, and email) and provides a history of your accomplishments as a writer. Also include a brief statement that 1) defines for us your sense of community within the context of diasporas in the American Southeast, and 2) outlines what you would like to do with the time and space provided by the fellowship. 

2. A writing sample. For poetry, submit 6-10 pages of previously unpublished poetry. For prose, a previously unpublished sample of 5000-7000 words.

Writers who are not eligible for our Emerging Writer Fellowship, or who do not wish to apply, may submit work relevant to the SoPoCo theme between August 15 and October 15. To do so, submit your work through the appropriate Submittable form and title the submission “SoPoCo.”  Follow genre guidelines for length and formatting. General submission and payment rates apply.