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In its commitment to support new literary voices, Aspen Words provides Summer Words fellowships to emerging writers demonstrating exceptional talent and promise. Candidates are nominated by writers, agents, editors and others associated with publishing. In 2017, we received one hundred and eighty nominations, and awarded ten fellowships. Fellows receive a full scholarship to Summer Words, including tuition, airfare, lodging and some meals.

The nomination process for 2018 will open in December 2017. If you have further questions, or would like to request a nomination form, please email aspenwords@aspeninstitute.org or call 970-925-3122. We do not accept self-nominations. If you are interested in being nominated, please have a colleague, teacher or mentor who is familiar with your work request the nomination form.

Note: Our Emerging Writer Fellowships are designed to give exceptional writers at the early stages of their careers a needed boost into the literary community and the publishing world. Writers with books under contract, or who have already had a book-length work published prior to Summer Words by a major publisher or an independent press that publishes more than ten books per year are not eligible. Applicants may have had stories or novel excerpts published in magazines, literary journals or online, but this is not a requirement. 



2017 Emerging Writer Fellows
2016 Emerging Writer Fellows
2015 Emerging Writer Fellows
2014 Emerging Writer Fellows