Ends on April 1, 2019

$25.00 USD

Offered annually to a person who demonstrates a passion and skill for writing, a commitment to developing their writing skills, and a clear commitment to community service, the Writing In Color Fellowship for Emerging Writers is for writers who would benefit from a year's worth of involvement at Lighthouse but who would not be able to do so without financial support.  Any writer of color living in Colorado over the age of 21 writing in any genre who has not published a full-length manuscript is eligible to apply.  

DEADLINE TO APPLY:  April 1, 2019 at 11:59 pm MST

FELLOWSHIP DATES: June 7, 2019 - May 31, 2020 

NOTIFICATION: Applicants will be notified of submission status by May 15, 2019.

The mission of Lighthouse Writers Workshop is to provide the highest caliber of artistic education, support, and community for writers and readers in the Rocky Mountain Region and beyond. We strive to ensure that literature maintains its proper prominence in the culture, and that individuals achieve their fullest potential as artists and human beings.

To this end, we support the creation of new creative works from writers of color whose narratives have been largely underrepresented in literature, connecting the artists and their voices to larger audiences and movements to advance equity.  We will build and foster a network of socially engaged writers of color, celebrating the diversity and power of voice to create a more complete picture of American literature. Literature has the potential to act as an agent for social change, creating and sharing diverse and empowered narratives examining the intersections personal, historical, and social realities to shape our understanding and build collective empathy.  

While Lighthouse has always emphasized accessibility, this award offers a depth and consistency of engagement to the fellowship recipient. The year-long award period not only engages the writer in directed literary activities, but also allows for full immersion in a project or body of work. At the close of the fellowship year, the community is enriched through the opportunity to hear and celebrate the fellowship recipient, who will read from what they’ve written during the year.

The Emerging Writing In Color Fellowship will provide access to:  

  • 2 multi-week courses annually 
  • 5 one-day courses annually (may include 1-day courses at Lit Fest)
  • 1 Glitterati pass at Lit Fest  
  • Participation in the annual Writing in Color retreat 
  • Up to 10 hours access to a faculty member for mentorship as needed 
  • Participation in a Lighthouse quarterly reading 
  • 1 year membership at Lighthouse Writers Workshop 
  • Observation and support of a Lighthouse community outreach program 



● Writers identifying as people of color who reside in Colorado.

● Applicants 21 years of age or older.

Electronic notification of admission results will be sent by May 15, 2019.


APPLICATION GUIDELINES: Please read these guidelines carefully. Submissions that do not meet the requirements below will not be considered.

Your submission should comprise a cover letter including your name, the name of the genre you are applying for, and your contact information. Your cover letter is the only place where your name should appear. Paginate your document, and use legible, 11-to-12-point font and standard margins. Upload your writing sample as a single .pdf, .doc, or .docx document. 

Format as follows:

Poetry: Six-eight pages of poems. Only one poem per page is permitted, though you may submit multiple-paged poems. Insert hard page breaks between every page.

Prose: sample of one piece or combination of pieces to equal no more than 4000 words in genre

Recommendation letters are not required.

To complete your application, you will be directed to Submittable, where you will submit your writing sample, cover letter, and pay the application fee of $25. Applications submitted without the fee will not be considered - if the application fee is prohibitive, please e-mail us to discuss alternatives.

Cover letters should be typed into the corresponding box on Submittable. Include your full name, address, email address and telephone number. Please respond to each question in the corresponding text box explaining why you wish to apply for the fellowship and what you expect to accomplish over the course of the year.

One application per candidate. You are urged not to wait until the last day to apply in case you have technical difficulties submitting your application.

Please note that we will not be able to respond to inquiries regarding applications that are not accepted, nor will we be able to provide feedback on those entries. 


Email our Community Engagement Coordinator, Suzi Q. Smith, at suzi@lighthousewriters.org