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The Sharon Olds Fellowship for Poetry

The Sharon Olds Fellowship for Poetry is offered once annually to a poet starting the Solstice Low-Residency MFA in Creative Writing Program during the winter residency/spring semester. Fellowship recipients will receive a $1,000 award toward their first semester’s tuition.


Fellowships are awarded based on the quality of the applicant’s writing sample; see general application guidelines on our website.

Fellowship applications are due September 13th (not a postmark date; materials must be received in our offices before or on September 13th). Fellowship applicants are strongly encouraged to apply early. Notification letters will be mailed to winners only in October. Awards must be applied toward the winter residency/spring semester directly following acceptance; fellowships cannot be deferred or applied toward a summer residency/fall semester start.

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