Just a couple minutes' walk from the fellowship offices, State Street's food carts offer cheap, gourmet food in the non-winter months. Photo © Oliver Bendorf, 2011-13 MFA.







An aerial view of Picnic Point, a prime bonfire location and firefly-viewing spot each fall. Picnic Point is just a short walk from Helen C. White Hall, home to the Program in Creative Writing. Photo © University of Wisconsin-Madison Board of Regents.







Pictured above is Helen C. White Hall, home to the Program in Creative Writing. Photo © University of Wisconsin Board of Regents.


The Institute Fellows Brian Booker






Ben Hoffman Lauren Russell






Walter B. Thompson Meg Wade








THE FELLOWS: Brian Booker, Ben Hoffman, Lauren Russell, Walter B. Thompson, Meg Wade


Contact Us

Sean Bishop, Administrator
Program in Creative Writing
Department of English
600 N. Park St, H.C. White Rm 6195
University of Wisconsin
Madison, WI 53706


Madison from the air: Helen C. White Hall, home of the Program in Creative Writing, is just one building out of frame in the bottom right corner. The Fellow offices overlook the lake.




An aerial view of Madison. Helen C. White Hall, home of the Creative Writing Program, is one building out of frame in the bottom right corner. Fellows' offices overlook the lake. Photo © University of Wisconsin Board of Regents.


Applications Are Now Closed.

The Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing will begin reading applications on January 1, 2015. To read about the winners of our 2014-15 fellowships in fiction and poetry (pictured at left, below), please visit our “fellows” page.


Applying for a Poetry, Fiction,
or HEAF Fellowship

Applications to the poetry, fiction, and HEAF fellowships are open from January 1 to February 28. After reading the details below, you may submit your application electronically by clicking here.

To be eligible, applicants must have completed or be scheduled to complete an MFA or PhD in Creative Writing by August 15, 2015. Eligible applicants may have published no more than one full-length collection or book of poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction as of the February 28 deadline. Individuals who have never published a full-length collection or book are, of course, eligible. For more details regarding the responsibilities and privileges of our fellows, please see the main fellowships page.

Applicants should prepare the following materials before applying (some exceptions are noted for HEAF applicants):

Do not include more than one genre in a single submission. You may apply in more than one of our fellowship genres, but you must upload a separate application for each, with separate application fees. Graduates of the UW MFA program are only eligible for the HEAF Fellowship, which will be awarded for fiction manuscripts only in 2014. If you are not a graduate of UW's MFA program you are not eligible for the HEAF!; please submit in the Poetry or Fiction category instead.

If you are submitting short fiction, please do not send more than one short story. The limit is one story no matter how short that story may be. If you send more than one story, we will read only the first. If you are sending a novel excerpt, you may (but need not) include a brief synopsis (one or two paragraphs) of the novel, as page one of the manuscript.

The poetry, fiction, and HEAF fellows will be chosen by May 1 each year, and announced on the fellows page. If you have questions concerning these fellowships that are not answered in the FAQ below, please contact Sean Bishop, the Creative Writing Program Administrator, at institutemail@english.wisc.edu.


Fellowship FAQ

Online Submissions Trouble

Required Degree

Previous Books (fiction, poetry, & HEAF fellowships only)

Writing Sample (fiction and poetry fellowships only)

Selection Process (fiction and poetry fellowships only)