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Boston Public Library's Children's Writer in Residence Fellowship

1909 postcard of Boston Public Library

1909 postcard of Boston Public Library

The Boston Public Library is now accepting applications for its Children’s Writer-in-Residence Fellowship, a little-known but wonderful opportunity for children’s and YA writers. The fellowship, offered to one writer per year, is intended to “provide an emerging children’s writer with the financial and administrative support needed to complete one literary work” and offers a workspace in the library and a $20,000 stipend.

Recipients’ projects may be fiction, nonfiction, poetry, illustration combined with any of the former, or a script; last year’s recipient, Kelly Hourihan, is working on a YA novel.

There is no application fee, and to apply, you must be a U.S. citizen with no more than three previously published works of children’s literature. The Boston Public Library’s webpage has more information about the fellowship and past recipients, as well as full application guidelines in PDF form. The next residency runs from September 1, 2010, to June 1, 2011, and the deadline for application is April 1, 2010.

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