Judging Process and Eligibility
Fishtrap Fellowships support emerging writers whose work shows promise of excellence. Applicants can be of any age, but must be in the early stages of their writing careers and will not have had the support needed to achieve major recognition for their work. Fishtrap defines “emerging writer” as someone who has not yet published a book by a literary publisher, and who is also not currently under contract to a publisher for a book. Eligible applicants may have been published in magazines and in print or online literary journals.
Fishtrap accepts submissions in the genres of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction/memoir. In keeping with Fishtrap’s mission, “To promote good writing and clear thinking in and about the West,” applicants should live in the West or write about the West.
Applications will be screened for eligibility based on the submission letter/resume. Qualified applicant’s writing samples will then be sent to preliminary judges (all former Fishtrap Fellows) and finalists sent to the final judge. Judges will not see applicant’s names, only your writing sample. The 2018 Fishtrap Fellows will be announced by January 30, 2018.