Every academic year, the Beverly Rogers and Carol C. Harter Black Mountain Institute offers residential fellowships.
In Las Vegas and on the campus of University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV), there is a lively literary community that visiting fellows join. They are supported by people and organisations who share the goal of bringing authors and the creative imagination into the centre of public life.
This is a “working fellowship” in Las Vegas, but there are no official teaching duties. The visiting fellows at BMI will spend 10 hours per week in the office and perform 10 hours of community service. Visiting fellows are expected to contribute significantly to the BMI community during their time in Las Vegas, in ways that are relevant to their interests and abilities, in addition to their primary objective of advancing their own writing. Each fellow will develop a plan after being accepted into the programme in collaboration with BMI.
This fellowship includes:
- compensation of $20,000 paid over a four-month period;
- a semester-long letter of appointment;
- eligibility for optional health coverage;
- office space in the BMI offices on the campus of UNLV;
- housing (fellows cover some utilities) in a unique and vibrant arts complex in the bustling district of downtown Las Vegas—home to The Writer’s Block, our city’s beloved independent bookstore; and
- recognition at BMI as a “Shearing Fellow.”
- Open to emerging and distinguished writers;
- Only candidates who have published at least one book by a trade press are eligible.
To apply, submit:
- A one- to three-page personal statement, which includes 1) your interest in being part of the Las Vegas literary community, 2) a practical description of how you envision fulfilling your service hours and engaging the Las Vegas community, and 3) the writing project(s) you will work on while in residency.
- A writing sample (10 pages maximum, double-spaced, 12 pt.).
- A résumé or CV.
Finalists will be asked to send copies of their books. (Applicants must have at least one book published by a trade press.) Candidates are selected by a committee comprised of staff and community members at BMI.