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Children’s Literature Fellowship


Monday, July 6, 2020


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Entry Fees



2-week fellowship including meals


Dancing in the Rain
Fellowship for Children’s Literature

“Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass. It’s about learning how to dance in the rain.” — Vivian Greene

The Writers’ Colony at Dairy Hollow is offering a fellowship to help a writer of children’s, up to young adult (YA), literature. A two-week, all expenses paid residency will allow the recipient to focus entirely on their work. Candidates should be working on a picture book or chapter book that provides inspiration and hope for those struggling with the hardships and challenges that life often metes out.

The issue the work addresses may include (but is not limited to):

Discrimination based on race, religion, class, gender, or sexual orientation

Bullying, cyberbullying, fairness, human rights

Homelessness, poverty, immigration

Social responsibility, getting along, fairness

Divorce, blended families

Fear or anxiety due to attacks on schools, gun violence, war, abuse, unsafe living conditions, COVID-19

Environment: nature, recycling, climate-related disasters

​Each writer-in-residence has a private suite with writing space, private bath, and wireless internet. We provide uninterrupted writing time, a European-style gourmet dinner prepared five nights a week served in our community dining room, the camaraderie of other professional writers when you want it, and a community kitchen stocked with the basics for breakfast and lunch.

Fellowship applications must be accompanied by a writing sample, and a non-refundable $35 application fee. Deadline is midnight on Monday, July 6, 2020. The winner will be announced no later than July 31, 2020. Residency must be completed by December 31, 2021. WCDH is open year-round. Complete the application at

The Writers’ Colony at Dairy Hollow would like to thank Board President Peggy Kjelgaard for generously funding this fellowship. For more information about funding a fellowship supporting the genre and/or area of interest you are passionate about, visit

The Writers’ Colony at Dairy Hollow is a 501(c)3 nonprofit that provides uninterrupted residency time for writers of all genres, including culinary, composers, and artists without discrimination. We foster and environment that allows writers to work, interact with the wider community, stimulate new thinking, and energize creative expression.

Contact Information

Chad Gurley
Colony Coordinator
[email protected]


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