Joel Gay Creative Fellowships

Roxane Gay has announced the Joel Gay Creative Fellowship, designed “to support three emerging writers over the course of the year as they develop and publish a newsletter on the Substack platform.”

Fellows will receive a $25,000 stipend, paid monthly from the initial publication of their newsletter, as well as up to $15,000 in services from Substack, including editorial support, design assistance in developing a logo for your newsletter, access to Getty Images, Substack Defender, and other business support services. Fellows will contract directly with Substack for the stipend.

Additionally, I will meet with fellows once a month over the course of the year to provide mentorship on both craft and navigating the business of writing. The fellowships are open to writers from all backgrounds but I am prioritizing writers from underrepresented communities.

The Fellowship is named for Gay’s brother, Joel Gay, who was CEO and President of Vanguard Renewables, and died in 2021. For more information, including submission details, see the Roxane Gay Books submission page.

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