We strive to have accurate bios for everyone involved at the Loft. Unfortunately, managing 400+ bios each year takes a lot of time. We are going to now update existing bios twice a year. If you already have an existing bio on this page and would like to update either your photo or your bio, you must submit a new one through this system by the two deadlines. The two deadlines each year are March 1 and August 1. If you miss a deadline, you will need to wait until the next update period. We will make every effort to have all bios updated by the end of the month in March and August. 

You will need two things to complete this: 

1. A bio, written in third person. 
2. As high of a resolution photo as possible (ideally 300 dpi, but if large enough, we can work with 72 dpi). If you save a thumbnail from a website and send it to us, it will not work for print purposes. We can use an author photo or a book cover image, but the images are best if they are vertical or square rather than horizontal in perspective.

McKnight Artist Fellowships for Writers, $25,000 Loft Awards in Creative Prose and in Children’s Literature/Older Children

DEADLINE: 11:59 pm Friday, November 16, 2018. Entries must be submitted through our online portal Submittable by 11:59 pm.

The Loft Literary Center is pleased to announce the 2019 McKnight Artist Fellowships for Writers, made possible by the generous support of the McKnight Foundation. McKnight also funds artist fellowship programs in ceramic arts, choreography and dance, music composition, music performance, playwriting and theater arts, screenwriting, and visual arts.

ABOUT THE FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM

The McKnight Artist Fellowships for Writers provide Minnesota writers of demonstrated ability with an opportunity to work on their craft for a concentrated period of time.  The intent of this program is to recognize and support midcareer artists living and working in Minnesota who demonstrate a sustained level of accomplishment, commitment, and artistic excellence.

Four $25,000 fellowships are offered in alternating years to writers of creative prose and poetry. This year’s four awards will be in creative prose, which includes fiction and literary nonfiction such as memoir, personal essay, and autobiography.  

A $25,000 fellowship is awarded each year in children’s literature, including poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction. This year’s award is offered to a writer for children 8 years of age or older.

McKnight Fellows are also entitled to up to $3,000 in reimbursement to attend a writing conference or retreat during their fellowship year. These fellowships do not support the work of playwriting, journalism, or nonfiction that is written primarily for educational or technical use.

JUDGING FOR THE MCKNIGHT ARTIST FELLOWSHIPS FOR WRITERS

Prominent writers and editors living outside of Minnesota serve as the judges. There are no screening judges. All manuscripts are judged anonymously. 

Due to the number of entries received, it is not possible for the judges to make individual comments on the manuscripts. 

ELIGIBILITY

General Requirements 

Applicants must have been legal residents of Minnesota for the 12 months prior to the application deadline and must currently reside in Minnesota.  

Applicants may apply for only one McKnight Artist Fellowship per year. You may not apply for the Award in Creative Prose and also apply for any other McKnight Fellowship, including the Award in Children’s Literature.

Recipients of the McKnight Fellowship in any discipline in the last five years are not eligible to apply. Honorable mentions are eligible.

Prior recepients of the McKnight Fellowship must demonstrate a new body of work since their last Fellowship.

Full time students in a degree granting program are not eligible to apply.

Loft and McKnight Foundation staff and board members are not eligible.

If you have questions about your eligibility for the McKnight Artist Fellowships for Writers, please call or email Bao Phi, Program Director, at 612-215-2585 or bphi@loft.org.  

Additional Requirements for the Loft Awards in Creative Prose

In addition to the general eligibility requirements, applicants must have: 

  • Published a book (e.g., novel, memoir, collection of short stories or personal essays). OR
  • Published at least 5 pieces of original work in no fewer than three literary journals or magazines that regularly feature prose as part of their format. Work published in an online journal that has an editorial process is eligible. Work published in an anthology is eligible. The same piece printed in a journal and in an anthology may only be counted once; applicants may not use multiple publication of the same work to meet the 5 required pieces.
  • Authors counting a self published book for eligibility must include a brief letter from the publisher confirming that the manuscript underwent an editorial process. Please upload this in the eligibility requirements.
  • Work that is pending publication and will be published before April 1, 2019 is eligible. When asked for proof of eligibility, please upload a letter from the editor or publisher with proof of publication.  

Additional Requirements for the Loft Award in Children’s Literature

In addition to the general eligibility requirements, applicants must have

  • Published a book for children eight years or older, in any genre other than educational textbook material OR
  • Published at least 3 pieces of original work in one or more publications that regularly feature creative work for children eight years or older as part of their format. Work published in an online journal that has an editorial process is eligible. Work published in an anthology is eligible. The same piece printed in a journal and in an anthology may only be counted once; applicants may not use multiple publication of the same work to meet the 5 required pieces. 
  • Work that is pending publication and will be published before April 1, 2019 is eligible. Please provide a letter from the editor or publisher with proof of publication.  

Ineligible work in both awards:

  • Student-only publications 
  • Self-published books that did not go through an editorial process
  • Work published on personal home pages or online sites that do not have an editorial process.  
  • Work in a genre outside the category in which you are applying.  (e.g., published poetry may not be used to meet the publication requirements for the Award in Creative Prose)
  • Work that has previously won a McKnight Artist Fellowships for Writers. If you are a previous winner, you must submit a manuscript different from the one for which you received the earlier award. 
  • Translations.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES 

You must apply through Submittable and you will need to create a Submittable account if you do not already have one. If you have technical submission questions, please contact Submittable technical support at http://help.submittable.com/ 

In addition to the form in Submittable, you will need to prepare three files to upload with your submission (see descriptions on the next page for details): 

  • a work sample
  • proof of Minnesota residency
  • proof of publication

WORK SAMPLE

Please prepare your writing sample. All work samples must be anonymous. If your name appears as part of the manuscript text, omit it, use a pseudonym, or black it out so it is illegible. Do not include your name as part of the writing sample file name. Identifying information should only be included in the Submittable application form, which is blind to the judge. Identifying information anywhere in the submitted file will disqualify your submission. 

Loft Awards in Creative Prose: Applicants should submit at least 20 but no more than 25 pages of a typed (12-point font), double-spaced manuscript. Pages must be consecutively numbered.

Loft Award in Children’s Literature: Applicants should submit a manuscript that is at least 5 but no more than 20 pages in length and that is written for ages 8 and older. Manuscripts may be in prose or poetry, or a combination of the two. All manuscripts must be typed in a 12-point font. Prose manuscripts should be double-spaced. Poetry may be single- or double-spaced. All pages must be consecutively numbered. 

PROOF OF RESIDENCY

The Loft requires finalists to provide proof of Minnesota residency. This can be a scan of a Minnesota Driver’s License, ID, or utilities bill with name and address and date.

PROOF OF PUBLICATION

Applicants must submit proof of each publication necessary to meet eligibility. For books, we will need a photocopy or scanned image of the title and copyright pages. For journals, we will need photocopies or scanned documents of either the cover or title page of the journal as well as the table of contents page and the pages on which your work appears. For self published books, please provide a brief letter from the publisher confirming an editorial process.  

  • Work samples may be submitted as PDF, DOC, DOCX, RTF, MP3, WAV, MP4, or MOV files.   
  • All manuscripts must be anonymous. If your name appears as part of the manuscript text, omit it, use a pseudonym, or blacken it out so it is illegible. 
  • Applicants should include a brief biographical statement—you will see a field for this in Submittable. Do not attach the biographical statement to your manuscript. The biographical statement is used for publicity purposes only when the winners are announced. Biographical statements are not seen by the judges.

DEADLINE: 11:59 pm Friday, November 16, 2018. Entrants will be notified of their status by the end of April, 2019. Winners will begin receiving payments in May, 2019. 

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