What does it mean to be a Southerner in the twenty-first century as old symbols of pride and oppression (depending on one’s perspective) become symbols of shame? This fellowship invites writers to reconsider Southern identity, their own or that of others. The work may be in any genre: fiction or nonfiction, poetry or prose, drama or screenplay, or a combination. It may take place in the past or in the present but should bring fresh insights to the subject of Southern experience and identity. The successful application will also demonstrate honesty, literary merit, and the likelihood of publication or production.

The fellowship winner will receive a two-week residency at the Writers’ Colony at Dairy Hollow 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 breakfast and lunch.

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, February 28, 2022. Deadline is midnight on Tuesday, May 31, 2022.  The winner will be announced no later than July 1, 2022. Residency must be completed by December 31, 2023. Exceptions will be made if COVID-19 makes a residency inadvisable.  For an application form, visit https://www.writerscolony.org/fellowships.

The Writers’ Colony at Dairy Hollow would like to thank author and Writers’ Colony alumna, Linda Leavell, and her husband, Brooks Garner, for generously funding this fellowship. For more information about funding a fellowship supporting the genre and/or area of interest you are passionate about, visit www.writerscolony.org/sponsor-a-fellowship.

The Writers’ Colony at Dairy Hollow is a 501(c)3 nonprofit whose mission is to nurture writers of all backgrounds, genres, and levels of experience in a supportive environment that builds community, stimulates new thinking, energizes creative expression, and optimizes productivity.