Undergraduate Writing Fellowships

The Bennington Undergraduate Writing Fellowship allows a select group of undergraduate writers working in poetry, fiction, and literary nonfiction the opportunity to further their study of craft with a 10-day residency at Bennington’s MFA in Writing program.

We are pleased to announce the sixth year of the Bennington Undergraduate Writing Fellowships. This program allows a select group of undergraduate writers working in poetry, fiction, and literary nonfiction the opportunity to further their study of craft with a 10-day residency at Bennington’s MFA in Writing program. In addition to the full schedule of readings, lectures, seminars, and master classes, the Undergraduate Writing Fellows will also participate in the writing workshops taught by the MFA program’s distinguished faculty. This year’s fellowships will be awarded for the summer 2019 MFA residency from June 13 to 23. Applications are due on Monday, April 1.

A minimum of three fellowships will be awarded in 2019. The fellowship covers full participation in the MFA residency as well as room and board. Students are responsible for their own transportation to and from the College. Students do not earn academic credit for their participation in the fellowship program—it is, instead, a special opportunity for Bennington students to enter into a larger community of writers and explore dimensions of the writing life.

Application guidelines

  • To apply for the Undergraduate Writing Fellowships in 2019, you must be a current junior or a senior at Bennington College.

  • You must submit (1) a cover letter stating your name, year in school, and a description of what you are submitting for consideration; (2) 10 pages of poetry if you are applying for a fellowship in poetry; 15–20 pages of fiction if you are applying for a fellowship in fiction; 15–20 pages of literary nonfiction (memoir, personal essay, etc.) if you are applying for a fellowship in nonfiction.

  • Applications must be printed and submitted to Veronica Jorgensen, Barn 247, by 5:00 pm on Monday, April 1. No late applications will be accepted. Manuscripts should be clearly marked with the author’s name and title(s) of the work, double-spaced, and with pages numbered.

The recipients of the fellowship will be announced on Wednesday, May 1.

For more information on the Undergraduate Writing Fellowship program or questions on how to apply, please contact Michael Dumanis.

Questions?

For more information or if you have questions, please contact Michael Dumanis.