Emerging Critics Fellowship

Applications for 2021-2022 Emerging Critics Fellowship Are Now Open

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The National Book Critics Circle accepts applications in the spring of each year for our Emerging Critics Fellowship. The fellowship seeks to identify, nurture, and support the development of the next generation of book critics.

ELIGIBILITY Critics of all ages who seek to review and write about books for print and digital outlets are eligible for the fellowship. Applicants may or may not have previously published book reviews. The NBCC seeks a broad range of diverse applicants, especially those who have demonstrated a genuine interest and commitment to engaging in critical conversation about books.

THE FELLOWSHIP Over the course of the one-year fellowship, emerging critics will receive:

  • An opportunity to partake in the ongoing conversation about the craft of reviewing, and ethical questions and concerns emerging as the publishing landscape changes.
  • Active mentorship from members of NBCC board. This includes Skype sessions on topics including the craft of writing reviews, ethics and professionalism, the business of freelancing, and more. Board members are also individually available for advice on drafts as well as counsel regarding career development.
  • Access to NBCC blog Critical Mass, as contributors of both original work and previously published work in weekly-roundup.
  • Dues-free membership to the NBCC, admission to NBCC events, and annual reception for one year.

TO APPLY Applicants submit a resume, three writing samples, a 300-500-word statement of purpose, and names/contact information for two references. Applications should be submitted via Submittable.