LitUp Writing Fellowship is a writer’s fellowship for unpublished, underrepresented women.
LitUp will provide five emerging writers with an all-expenses-paid retreat, a three-month mentorship with a published author, and marketing support from Reese’s Book Club.
- paid writer’s retreat to develop manuscripts and learn about the business side of publishing.
- fellows are matched with a published author for a three-month mentorship to get their book ready for market.
- marketing support from Reese’s Book Club
- Identify as a woman, whether they are cisgender, transgender, nonbinary, genderqueer, or bigender
- Identify as diverse, which includes LGBTQIA, Native, people of color, people with disabilities*, and ethnic, cultural, and religious minorities.
- Also, be 18 years of age or older at the time of application
- Reside in the 50 United States and have US citizenship, permanent residency, or work visa/sponsorship
- Be unrepresented by an agent
- Be unpublished as an author.
- In addition, be available to participate in all aspects of LitUp as provided by Reese’s Book Club if selected
How to Apply?
Each applicant must submit:
- An original adult or young adult fiction manuscript featuring a woman at the center of the story that is completed and written in English.
- All manuscripts must be typed, double-spaced, in 12-point Times New Roman font, with 1-inch margins.
- Also, number your pages.
- Your name should not appear anywhere within the manuscript or file name.
- A brief, 500-words or less synopsis of your work
- In addition, responses to a series of short essay questions within the application
There is no application fee. Also, letters of recommendation are not required.
Candidates may only submit one application and one manuscript. Once submitted, applications cannot be updated.
- Applications are judged across manuscript and application questions on both technical and artistic merit.
- It is looking for compelling narratives centered on a character who identifies as a woman, written with a strong, clear voice.
- Applicants who advance to the final round may be asked to participate in a video interview. The decision of the judges will be final.
- Due to the volume of applications, it will not provide feedback on your application or manuscript. Also, no entries will be returned.
- Finally, winners will be announced by Reese’s Book Club between the end of 2022 and early 2023.
- May 31, 2022: Application Deadline
- Winter 2022/2023: Fellows Announced
- Q1 2023: Retreat
- Q1/Q2 2023: 3-Month Mentorship Period
- Q2 2023: Agenting Period