2020-21 Hugo Fellowship / Residencies

March 31, 2020

Organization Name: Hugo House

Organization Location: Seattle, WA

Type: Residencies

Fee: Free


About the Hugo Fellowship

The Hugo Fellowship program provides education, space, and resources for up to six emerging writers in the Seattle area per year to support the development of new work. Applicants are selected for the program based on the excellence of their writing and ability to complete the proposed project. Projects may include (but are not limited to) completing the first draft of a novel, developing and workshopping a solo play, or creating a manuscript of poetry.

Benefits of the Program

– A supportive writing cohort and environment
– Minimum of one free Hugo Class per quarter
– Use of our shared writing offices
– Access to Hugo House readings and performances
– Opportunities to develop teaching skills
– Two public reading opportunities
– Professional development consultation from working writers, agents, and more.

What the Program Supports

– The development and presentation of new work
– Projects that will be completed within one year, from September to August
– Works not previously published and/or produced (excluding excerpts or individual poems or stories that are part of a larger project)
– Works of writing, including, but not limited to, poetry, fiction, nonfiction, plays, translation, graphic novels and comics, and multimedia and cross-disciplinary works
– Projects culminating in a reading, event, or performance

Who Can Apply
Applicants must meet all of the following criteria:

– An individual artist (No groups, collaborations, companies or organizations.)
– Resident of the Seattle area at the time of application and through completion of the fellowship period able to provide proof of residency if selected
– Age 18 or older
– Cannot be a current staff, board, or committee member of Hugo House
– Cannot be a graduate or undergraduate student in any degree program during the fellowship period

Selection Process & Criteria

Applications are reviewed by Hugo House staff and a panel of writers working in a variety of disciplines. The panel will select program participants based on the following criteria:

– Artistic excellence of work samples
– Quality of the proposed project
– Feasibility of and ability to complete the project

Application Materials

Applications must include the following items:

– Artist biography
– Artist résumé/CV
– Project description
– Writing sample and description (as outlined by the guidelines below)

Incomplete application or applications that do not follow the submission guidelines will not be considered. Only one application per writer annually.

Artist Biography

Your biography should include information indicative of your writing life and aspirations. (Maximum 150 words)

Artist Résumé/CV

You résumé/CV should include professional and academic experience; awards; publications; and other achievements pertinent to your writing. (Maximum 2 pages)

Project Description

The project description should be 1-2 pages and include:

– An overview of the project
– Your goals for the project (e.g., finishing a draft of a novel or writing and performing a monologue)
– How this project will support your growth as a writer
– How this project would benefit from the support of the Made at Hugo House program

Writing Sample and Description

The writing sample description should give context to the writing samples and explain if they are complete works, excerpts, or works-in-progress, as well as how they fit with the proposed project or represent the applicant’s work as a whole (maximum 100 words).

Manuscript Guidelines

Please submit a writing sample of up to 15 pages, plus a cover page with your work sample description. All samples must be submitted as Word documents or PDFs (.doc, .docx, and .pdf only) in a 12-point font size. Prose should be double-spaced. Each page should be numbered and include your last name. Submit your best writing.

Deadline & Notification

Applications to the Hugo Fellowship are due by March 31. No late applications will be accepted. Applicants will be notified by June 1.


Contact Rob Arnold: robarnold@hugohouse.org


Opportunity Website