NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowships in Poetry

NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowships in Poetry

The NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowship “reaffirmed my faith in myself, my writing, and my chosen path to write and be an artist, creating the work that I most want to see in the world.” – Sheree Renee Thomas (Fellow in Poetry ’03)

NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowships are awarded to individual, originating artists living and working in the state of New York, with different disciplines being recognized each year. This cycle, submissions for Poetry will be considered and recipients awarded $7,000. It is not a project grant – it should fund the writer’s vision or voice, regardless of the career stage of their artistic development.

Accepted work includes original work in all forms of poetry, for either the page, the stage or a music

Deadline: Wednesday, January 25, 2017 at 11:59 PM (EST)

Application Materials

  • Work Statement – 200 words 
  • Excerpt Explanation- 400 words (optional) 
  • Cultural Statement – 400 words (optional) 
  • Resumé/Narrative Bio – 1 page PDF
  • Work Samples – 10 page PDF manuscript

Eligibility Guidelines

  1. You must be 25 years old or older.
  2. You must be a current resident of New York State and/or one of the Indian Nations located in New
    York State for at least the two consecutive years prior to the application deadline.
  3. You must not be enrolled in a degree seeking program of any kind at the time of the application
  4. You must not have received a NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowship in any discipline in the past five years; 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, & 2016, and cannot submit any artwork that has been previously awarded a
    NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowship in the past.
  5. Artists that have been awarded five NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowships receive Emeritus Status and are
    no longer eligible to apply.
  6. You must not be a NYFA employee, member of the NYFA Board of Trustees or Artists’ Advisory
    Committee, an immediate family member of any of the above, or an immediate family member of a
    2016-2017 panelist.


Review the 2017 Application Overview, the guidelines for Poetry, and then submit your application. Best of luck!

The NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowship Program awards $7,000 cash grants to artists living in New York State. Be sure to follow NYFA on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook for the latest updates.


This program is made possible through New York State Council on the Arts, State & Local Partnerships with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Image: Joseph Burwell (Fellow in Printmaking/Drawing/Artists’ Books ‘11)

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