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Real People, Real Struggles, Real Stories

mon17julAll DayReal People, Real Struggles, Real StoriesWriting About Mental IllnessInternationalCategorymemoirEntry Fee$35 Max word countCheck organizer's website for details Top PrizeTwo-week Residency

Event Details

The Writers’ Colony at Dairy Hollow is offering a fellowship to a writer working on a short or long work of non-fiction focusing on how they (the writer or another) have managed, and continue to manage, their mental illness. This personal story should offer not just insight and awareness, but most importantly, hope. The writer should share their dreams, and how they adjust and fine-tune them. Stories focused on relationships, family life, travel, employment, civic contributions, passions, along with the barriers, fears, and stigmas faced, are encouraged. For the purposes of this fellowship, the writing should be non-fiction, and can take the form of memoir, essay, profile, or biography. The successful application will demonstrate insight, honesty, literary merit, and the likelihood of publication.

The fellowship winner will receive a two-week residency to allow the recipient to focus completely on their work. Each writer’s suite has a bedroom, private bathroom, separate writing space, and wireless internet. We provide uninterrupted writing time, a European-style gourmet dinner prepared five nights a week and 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 other meals. We work with fellows on their community outreach project to make sure it matches their unique strengths and skillsets.

Fellowship applications must be accompanied by a writing sample and a non-refundable $35 application fee. Writers proposing more than one project must submit a separate application and fee for each one. The submission period opens on Monday, April 17, 2023. Deadline is midnight CST on Monday, July 17, 2023. The winner will be announced no later than August 21, 2023. Residency must be completed by December 31, 2024.

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