Olive B. O’Connor Fellowship in Creative Writing


This annual fellowship is designed to support writers completing their first books. It provides a generous stipend, office space, and an intellectual community for the recipients, who spend one academic year at Colgate. In return, each fellow teaches one creative writing workshop per semester and gives a public reading of their work.


This year the sponsor invites applications for:

  • one fellowship in fiction;
  • one fellowship in nonfiction.

Eligible applicants are writers of nonfiction and poetry who have recently completed an MFA, MA, or PhD in creative writing and who need a year to complete their first book.


The fellowship carries a stipend of $55,500 plus travel expenses. Health and life insurance are provided. The selected writers will spend the academic year (late August 2023 to early May 2024) at Colgate University in Hamilton, New York.