Steven Petrow LGBTQ Fellowship open for applications

Interested in a residency to complete that novel or chapbook you’ve been stuck on? The Steven Petrow LGBTQ Fellowship offers a residency for writers who work in all genres. It’s hosted by the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. Applications are due January 15, 2019.

Learn more about the fellowship below.

DESCRIBE THE FELLOWSHIP OPPORTUNITY: The Steven Petrow LGBTQ Fellowship is open to applicants working in all genres (writers, visual artists, and/or composers) and consists of a fully-funded two-week residency at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (VCCA). To be eligible applicants must self-identify as LGBTQ. Applications are due January 15, 2019.

WHAT IS THE VIRGINIA CENTER FOR THE CREATIVE ARTS: VCCA is a unique Virginia-based organization of national stature and international impact with a mission to provide creative space for the world’s best artists to create their finest literature, visual art, and music. VCCA hosts over 400 artist-Fellows annually at its Mt. San Angelo facility in Amherst, Virginia and the Moulin à Nef in Auvillar, France. The artists who come to VCCA, whether emerging or established, are selected by a peer review jury on the basis of the important or innovative work they are doing in their respective fields. Since its inception in 1971, VCCA has hosted 6,000 writers, visual artists, and composers.

WHAT SHOULD WRITERS EXPECT IN THE RESIDENCY: Writers who come to VCCA can expect to be in good company and to do their best work. Taking time away from distractions and obligations, all Fellows enjoy a private bedroom, private residence, and three meals each day, all in the bucolic setting of the Blue Ridge foothills. At VCCA, there is an intentional mix of new and returning Fellows, creating a community of more than 20 passionate artists across many disciplines.

HOW ARE THE APPLICATIONS JUDGED: All VCCA fellowships are juried by peer review and awarded on a competitive basis. Selections are made based on the quality of the work submitted by the applicants.

WHEN WAS THIS FELLOWSHIP STARTED: In 2017, Steven Petrow became the named sponsor of the Steven Petrow LGBTQ Fellowship at VCCA. Petrow funded the fellowship “to provide support and recognition to LGBTQ writers, artists, and composers, especially because government funding of the arts is at risk these days. The arts are core to a democratic nation.” The fellowship was awarded to writer Cris Beam in 2017 and to writer and illustrator Lydia Conklin in 2018.

HOW MANY PEOPLE ARE SELECTED FOR A RESIDENCY: Each year, one Fellow is selected for the Steven Petrow LGBTQ Fellowship. Top-ranked applicants that do not receive the Fellowship may be offered a residency.

Steven Petrow

IS THERE ANYTHING ELSE YOU’D LIKE TO ADD: A bit more about Steven Petrow. Steven Petrow is an award-winning journalist and author. He is currently a columnist for USA Today as well a contributing writer to The Washington Post and The New York Times. Previously, he penned The New York Times’ “Civil Behavior” column, and his work has been published in TIME, The Atlantic, Salon, the Daily Beast, the Los Angeles Times, and The Advocate, among other media outlets. He has also served as the host and executive producer of “The Civilist,” a podcast from Public Radio International and North Carolina Public Radio WUNC.

A former president of the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association, he is the author of several LGBTQ-themed books, including Steven Petrow’s Complete Gay & Lesbian Manners: The Definitive Guide to LGBT Life; The New Gay Wedding: A Practical Primer for Brides and Grooms, Their Families and Guests; and Dancing Against the Darkness: A Journey Across America in the Age of AIDS.

Petrow has won numerous prizes and fellowships, including those sponsored by the Ucross Foundation, the Smithsonian Institution, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and the National Press Foundation. PetrowPetrow earned his M.A. from the University of California, Berkeley and his Bachelor of Arts from Duke University, with magna cum laude honors. He currently serves on the VCCA Board of Directors.

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