The Milton Fellowship is a postgraduate
fellowship that brings emerging writers of Christian commitment to Seattle,
where their primary goal is to complete their first book-length manuscript of
fiction, poetry, or creative nonfiction.
During their time in Seattle,
fellows will have a rich experience of literary and spiritual community; they
will interact with the editorial staff of Image and the English
department at Seattle Pacific University and enjoy the lively literary scene in
the beautiful Pacific Northwest.
Each fellow will be matched up
with an established literary writer from Image’s
network who offers mentorship and manuscript critique via correspondence.
Fellows will be given the space
and time they need to complete their books, but they will also be asked to
contribute some of their time and talent to the community. During their stay in
Seattle, fellows will teach one three-credit writing course in the
English department at Seattle Pacific University (SPU). The assigned course is
typically the introductory creative writing class.
During the nine-month fellowship,
fellows are given a furnished apartment (rent + utilities), a monthly
living stipend, and support toward health insurance.
SPU is an ecumenical Christian
institution in the Free Methodist tradition. It requires applicants for
teaching positions to make a statement of Christian faith and to include a reflection
upon the applicant’s spiritual journey.
Fellows represent SPU and Image
by giving readings, lectures, and participating in conferences. Fellows may make contributions to ImageUpdate, and will be considered for further contributions to the ongoing work of Image.
Each fellow is required to live
in Seattle from September 15 through June 15. Applicants will be informed of a final decision on May 1.
Eligibility: All applicants must be U.S. citizens and possess at
least an M.A. in English Literature, Creative Writing, or the humanities, or an
MFA in Creative Writing. Fellowships will be awarded to applicants who present
a clearly formulated proposal, a high quality of writing, and a demonstrated ability
to complete the project. Teaching experience would be an asset, but is not
This application requires the following:
1. A book proposal, including synopsis and description of its audience (limit 2,000 words)
2. An autobiographical essay about your development as a writer and a person of faith (limit 2,000 words)
3. 30 to 50 double-spaced pages of prose OR 8 to 12 poems
4. A brief explanation of what you aim to accomplish during your fellowship year
5. Request that three letters of reference describing your writing ability, commitment, and perseverance be sent either through the link they receive through Submittable or directly to our office: Image, 3307 3rd Ave W, Ste 318, Seattle, WA, 98119. If relevant, you may include a reference who can describe your teaching abilities.
6. A $35 application fee