2021 MacArthur Fellowships

The 25 MacArthur Foundation Fellows have been announced for 2021, and include two creators of genre interest: Daniel Alarcón (author of 2006 fantasy story “Abraham Lincoln Has Been Shot”), and Alex Riveria (a filmmaker whose work includes 2008’s Sleep Dealer).

Each “genius grant” recipient receives a no-strings-attached “stipend of $625,000… paid out in equal quarterly installments over five years.”

Fellows are chosen by “a constantly changing pool of invited external nominators chosen from as broad a range of fields and areas of interest as possible” and a selection committee. Final decisions are made by the president and board of directors. “Nominators, evaluators, and selectors all serve anonymously and their correspondence is kept confidential.”

Previous Fellows of genre interest include writers Octavia E. Butler, Junot Díaz, Virginia Hamilton, N.K. Jemisin, Jonathan Lethem, Kelly Link, Karen Russell, George Saunders, Jesmyn Ward, and author/artist David Macaulay.

For the full list, see the MacArthur Foundation site.

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