NEA Announces 2019 Writing, Translation Fellowships

The National Endowment for the Arts has announced a total of $1.2 million in the form of 60 individual fellowships it has awarded to creative writers of prose and translators of literature for 2020.

The 36 Creative Writing Fellowships are $25,000 each, for a total of $900,000. Fellowships alternate each year between poetry and prose and this year’s fellowships are to support prose—works of fiction and creative nonfiction, such as memoirs and personal essays. The Arts Endowment received nearly 1,700 eligible applications for the fellowships.

The 24 Literature Translation Fellowships are $12,500 each, for a total of $300,000. These fellowships will support the English translation of works from 19 countries including Brazil, Egypt, and Japan. Most of these fellowships are to translate works of award-winning and bestselling authors, many of whom have not yet been represented in English.

Visit the Arts Endowment’s Literature Fellowships webpage to read excerpts by and features on past Creative Writing Fellows and Literature Translation Fellows.

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