When we set out to find a judge for the Submerging Writer Fellowship, our goal was to find a writer who has published work in multiple genres (since the SWF is open to all types of writers, not just poets); who is active in the broader literary community; and who knows what it feels like to be submerging.
Jennifer Givhan fit these criteria perfectly. In the last two years, she’s published three books of poetry: Landscape with Headless Mama, Protection Spell, and the chapbook Lifeline. Jennifer also publishes fiction, and is currently at work on a novel. She runs the Mothers Writers’ Series, where she conducts interviews with writer-moms about motherhood, the writing life, and success. When we reached out to Jennifer about judging the inaugural Submerging Writer Fellowship, her response was heartening:
“At first I was like “Submerging??” But then I read the reasoning behind the term and it brings back all the vivid memories of writing and struggling for years without much external hope I was going anywhere. Yes, I’m totally for this fellowship.”
Applications for the Submerging Writer Fellowship are being accepted now through August 31st, 2017 (details here). By October 1st, 10 semi-finalists will be selected and forwarded to Jennifer Givhan. All applicants will be contacted at this time. By October 31st Jennifer will select 1 winner and 3 finalists. We will make an official announcement in early November.
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