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 Jordan Jacks

Josh Kalscheur Karyna McGlynn

Mika Taylor Mark Wagenaar

2015-16 FELLOWS: Jordan Jacks, Josh Kalscheur, Karyna McGlynn, Mika Taylor, and Mark Wagenaar

Brian Booker Brian Hoffman

Lauren Russell Walter B. Thompson

Meg Wade D. J. Thielke

Jennifer Luebbers Ari Banias

Jaquira Diaz Mehdi Okasi

Laura Eve Engel Andrew Mortazavi

Lydia Fitzpatrick John Murillo

Michael Sheehan Emma Straub

Traci Brimhall Kevin Gonzalez

Nick Lantz Danielle Evans

Laleh Khadivi Rebecca Dunham

A FEW WICW FELLOWS FROM THE PAST DECADE: Brian Booker, Ben Hoffman, Lauren Russell, Walter B. Thompson, Meg Wade, D. J. Thielke, Jennifer Luebbers, Ari Banias, Jaquira Diaz, Mehdi Okasi, Laura Eve Engel, Andrew Mortazavi, Lydia Fitzpatrick, John Murillo, Michael Sheehan, Emma Straub, Traci Brimhall, Kevin Gonzalez, Nick Lantz, Danielle Evans, Laleh Khadivi, and Rebecca Dunham.

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 Will Open December 15

The Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing is currently closed to applications. To read about the winners of our 2015-16 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 December 15 to February 1.

To be eligible, applicants must have completed or be scheduled to complete an MFA or PhD in Creative Writing by August 15, 2016. Eligible applicants may have published no more than one full-length collection or book of poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction as of the February 1 deadline. Individuals who have never published a full-length collection or book are, of course, eligible. Successful applicants must commit to reside in the Madison area for the full duration of the Fellowship from mid-August to mid-May (holiday travel, weekend trips, and attendance of the AWP and/or MLA conferences are of course permitted within reason); to teach once section of undergraduate mixed-genre or single-genre creative writing each semester; to hold no other teaching, graduate study or fellowship obligations; to assist in the selection of the Brittingham and Felix Pollak Prizes in Poetry, the University of Wisconsin’s undergraduate writing prizes, and the following year’s Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing Fellowships; and in general to participate fully in the life of the Madison writing community during the fellowship period. 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 2016. 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 only read 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

Required Degree

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

Writing Sample (fiction and poetry fellowships only)

Selection Process (fiction and poetry fellowships only)