Apply for 1 of 2 Open City
Fellowships for Fall 2019
The deadline for submission is June 28, 2019. Both the Neighborhoods Fellowship and the Muslim Communities Fellowship start on Auguist 23, 2019.
The Neighborhoods Fellowship is a unique opportunity for emerging Asian American writers to publish narrative nonfiction over the span of six months on the vibrant Asian American communities of New York City.
The Muslim Communities Fellowship is a six-month opportunity for emerging writers of color from communities under attack from Islamophobia to publish narrative nonfiction about Muslim communities in New York City. We see this as a fellowship for writers of color based in NYC from Muslim, Arab, South Asian, and North and East African communities.
For the Neighborhood Fellowship, we are looking for writers eager to work on neighborhood-based stories in Sunset Park, Bay Ridge, Midwood, and Boerum Hill in Brooklyn; Manhattan’s Chinatown; Astoria, Flushing, Jackson Heights and Richmond Hill in Queens; and other growing Asian immigrant communities across New York City, including those in Staten Island and The Bronx.
Both these fellowships will offer a $2,500 grant, skill-building workshops, and publishing opportunities to writers to write about the vibrant Asian immigrant and Muslim American communities of New York City.
The fellowship terms will begin in August 2019 and will end in February 2020. The deadline for submission is June 28, 2019.
Apply for the Fellowships if you:
• Are a strong, voice-driven storyteller who cares about social justice movements and wants to transport readers to places like Flushing, Queens, and Sunset Park, Brooklyn;
• Have an entrepreneurial spirit and understand that building a career as a writer includes building a social media presence;
• Can demonstrate nonfiction writing experience and a dedication to developing a writing career; and
• Are excited about getting your hands dirty in “the field” and cultivating trust and sources in your neighborhood.
Open City documents the pulse of metropolitan Asian America as it’s being lived on the streets of New York right now. We’re looking for writers to create deft, engaging narratives that bring the face, name, place, and heart of the community to issues like gentrification, immigration, Islamophobia, community policing and racial and gender discrimination.
For the Muslim Communities Fellowship, we are looking for writers who:
• Are willing to spend time reporting on Muslim neighborhoods and talking to people about their lives, hopes and fears;
• Understand the urgency in writing stories that depict how it is to be a Muslim in today’s America;
• Are committed to social justice, dedicated to helping promote efforts by the community to fight anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant sentiments and actions;
• Strong, voice-driven storytellers who care about social justice movements and transporting readers to places like Jackson Heights and Astoria in Queens; Bay Ridge and Boerum Hill in Brooklyn; and Mott Haven and Parkchester in The Bronx.
AAWW recognizes the heterogeneity of the Muslim community in New York City, and we are looking to create a home for writers from Arab American, West Asian, Central Asian, Iranian, Afghan, East and North African, Black Muslim, South Asian, and Southeast Asian communities in New York City. Please note that applicants for the Fellowship need not be Asian American but must be persons of color.
Previous Open City Fellows have gone on to write and report for Granta, Al Jazeera America, the American Prospect and Slate, among other outlets. Their works during their time as Fellows have been picked up by NPR, The Atlantic Cities, and the New York Times.
The Fellowships duration is six months, starting in September 2018 and ending in March 2019.
HOW TO APPLY
All applicants must carefully read our FAQ before applying to determine whether or not they are eligible. The Neighborhoods Fellowship is open to emerging Asian American writers who reside in New York City. The Muslim Communities Fellowship is open to New York City-based Muslim American writers.
To be considered, you must apply by filling out the forms for the Neighborhoods Fellowship and the Muslim Communities Fellowship. If you have additional questions, please feel free to contact us at opencitymag [at] gmail [dot] com.
There is no application fee. We do not accept handwritten documents, letters of recommendation, or support materials.
All Open City Fellowship applicants must submit story proposals that comprise pitches and outlines of the stories they plan to write for Open City over the span of the six-month fellowship period. Please read the FAQ for more details on how to structure the proposal.
Current Fellows may apply for a second round of Fellowship funding if they have completed all the requirements of their current Fellowship. Fellows will need to wait a year after their second six-month Fellowship to apply again. Past Open City Fellows prior to 2018 may apply for six-month Open City Fellowships.