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Sally Bucker Emerging Writers’ Fellowship


Saturday, June 30, 2018



Entry Fees

Free (NCWN members) / $10 (non-members)


1-yr membership to NCWN ($75 value)
Scholarship to NCWN 2018 Fall Conference ($250 value)


The North Carolina Writers’ Network offers an annual Sally Buckner Emerging Writers’ Fellowship, in honor of the late poet, editor, and educator. The Buckner Fellowship, in the amount of $500 awarded to one writer each year, supports emerging writers whose work shows promise of excellence and commitment to a literary career.

Applicants must be in the early stages of their careers and will not have had yet the support needed to achieve major recognition for their work. No specific academic background is required or preferred.

The inaugural 2019 Buckner Fellowship will support an emerging poet.

Fellowship recipients will use the $500 award to allay the costs associated with the business of writing: paper, printing, writing supplies, submission fees, research expenses, travel, conference registration fees, etc. In addition to the cash award, recipients will receive a complimentary one-year membership in NCWN, as well as scholarship aid to attend the Network’s annual Fall Conference.

Applications will be accepted only through, from May 1 to June 30, annually.

Fellowship applicants must meet the following criteria:
Writers must have established legal residence in North Carolina for at least one year prior to applying, and plan on residing in North Carolina through the Fellowship year.
Writers must be between the ages of 21 and 35, as of December 31 of the year in which they apply
Students enrolled in degree-granting programs are not eligible to apply, even if the focus of study is not directly related to writing. (If at any point during the judging process an applicant accepts an offer to study in a degree-granting program, please alert NCWN immediately to have the application pulled from consideration.)
Fellowship recipients should “pay it forward.” Fellowship winners, in the course of their award year, are invited to help at least one other writer, in whatever fashion they see fit (mentoring, critiquing, providing a reference, etc.), carrying on Sally Buckner’s lifelong support of other writers.
Applicants are required to submit a completed application form and accompanying work sample, letter of support, and vitae by June 30 (for more information, click here).

A committee appointed by NCWN will review applications, and invite finalists to interview with committee members. The Fellowship winner will be formally introduced at the Network’s Fall Conference. At the end of the award year, recipients will be required to complete a brief report on writing progress made over the past year.

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Contact Information

Charles Fiore
Communications Director
[email protected]
North Carolina Writers' Network


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