Application Guidelines

Application Guidelines

CORE MASTER CLASSES

We encourage a brief email exchange in advance of the formal application process. Please tell us how you heard about our program and why you would like to participate. In order to maintain the high level of our workshops and build a true sense of community, we encourage only those applicants we believe will benefit from our approach. Those applying for Spanish-language workshops should have a good working knowledge of English, which is the lingua franca of our community. We also look for English-language participants who know Spanish, although that is not a requirement. Once you’ve received a green light from us, you will be asked to submit an 8-10 page writing sample and our application form. 

 

MANUSCRIPT SEMINAR

Applicants to the Manuscript Seminar must submit a 5000-word sample of a book-length project, a statement of intent and a one-page synopsis.

EXTENSION RESIDENCY

Our extension residency is open only to participants in the core program.

FLASH MASTER CLASSES

Priority will be given to 2019 participants and UTV alumni. Outside registrants should email us for information on availability.

FELLOWSHIPS

Our full fellowships recognize emerging and established writers of exceptional talent. All fellowships cover tuition for the appropriate core workshop and 24 nights accommodation in a local hotel or hosting situation. The two-week extension residency is part of all named fellowships.

Recipients will be asked to provide written proof of their availability to remain in Tepoztlán and are expected to work on their creative project, not outside commitments. Family members are not permitted.

Recipients are chosen by committee on the basis of their accomplishment and literary promise and are required to submit a concise statement of their goals for the program and beyond. A cover letter and supporting materials for all fellowships must be received on or before the specified deadline for each.  Please read carefully as not all deadlines are the same and be sure you meet the eligibility criteria before you apply.

Fellowship awards will be announced by September 15, 2018.

The Güera Trigos, Robert L. Breen and Página Dorada fellowships are for Mexican nationals only. The Grace Paley and Margot Adler fellowships are for English-language writers, with a preference for writers based in the United States. Proof of citizenship or residency is required for consideration by all fellowship candidates .

All fellowship recipients are required to submit a final report to the program director, and to offer a public reading from their work during their time in Tepoztlán. In addition, all applicants to Spanish-language fellowships must provide proof of advanced competence in written and spoken English to ensure full participation in the life of the overall community of writers.

GRACE PALEY FELLOWSHIP

GRACE PALEY FELLOWSHIP

The Grace Paley Fellowship at Under the Volcano honors the legacy of the great writer and activist Grace Paley, whose inimitable stories gave lasting life to the immigrants, artists and visionaries of her New York and who believed in all necessary and generous change, as embodied in the title of her first collection, Enormous Changes at the Last Minute. Grace Paley was a master teacher and a member of our founding faculty, who returned to teach and read in Tepoztlán many times before her death in 2007.

This fellowship covers participation in any of our English-language master classes, the two-week follow-up extension residency, 24 nights accommodation in Tepoztlán, RT travel to and from Mexico City from the US and help with childcare expenses if applicable. 

The Grace Paley Fellowship will be awarded to a woman writer of any age whose work Grace Paley would have encouraged.

Requirements: the online application, a recent c.v., a cover letter describing your reasons for applying, a 25-page sample of your writing and two letters of recommendation from people who know your work. Applicants must also provide proof that they are able to stay on through the entire two-week extension residency.

Fellowship deadline:  August 15, 2018.

Winner to date: Tanea Lunsford Lynx

MARGOT ADLER FELLOWSHIP FOR INNOVATIVE JOURNALISM

MARGOT ADLER FELLOWSHIP FOR INNOVATIVE JOURNALISM

The Margot Adler Journalism Fellowship has been established in memory of a courageous, committed, indefatigable, and golden-voiced journalist who spent most of her career as a reporter for National Public Radio, generating feature and investigative pieces for both broadcast and print.

This fellowship covers participation in our English-language journalism lab, the two-week follow-up extension residency, 24 nights accommodation in Tepoztlán, and RT travel to and from Mexico City.

For a working or young career journalist whose commitment to contemporary issues would resonate with the life work of Margot Adler. Open to journalists up to age 40, including graduate journalism students. Priority will be given to those who have worked in the field for at least two years.

Requirements: the online application, a cover letter describing your reasons for applying, four published samples of your work totaling no more than 20 pages and two letters of recommendation from professionals in the field.  Applicants must also provide proof that they are able to stay on through the entire two-week extension residency.

Fellowship deadline:  September 1, 2018.

Winner to date: Marcos Martínez Hernández

THE SANDRA CISNEROS FELLOWSHIP FOR A LATIN@ WRITER

THE SANDRA CISNEROS FELLOWSHIP FOR A LATIN@ WRITER

This fellowship established by friends and admirers of pioneering writer Sandra Cisneros is given to a Latin@ writer of outstanding literary promise and leadership ability.  It covers full tuition for one of the English-language master classes, the extension residency, 24 nights accommodation, and RT travel from the US to Tepoztlán.  

This fellowship is awarded by nomination only. 

Deadline for submissions:  August 15, 2018.

Winner to date: Ana Portnoy Brimmer

THE GÜERA TRIGOS FELLOWSHIP FOR MEXICAN WRITERS

THE GÜERA TRIGOS FELLOWSHIP FOR MEXICAN WRITERS

La beca La Güera Trigos se otorga en memoria de una mujer amante de las letras y la historia, que sabía disfrutar la vida y apreciaba la naturaleza. Se adelantó a su época al ser ejemplo de fortaleza e independencia. Tocó a muchas personas y las contagió con su sonrisa y alegría de vivir. 

Cubre la participación en cualquiera de los talleres en español, la residencia de dos semanas adicionales y hospedaje de 24 noches en Tepoztlán. 

Se le concederá a una escritora mexicana de cualquier edad y de cualquier estado de la República. 

Requisitos:  nacionalidad mexicana, dos cartas de recomendación de colegas de alto nivel y/o de mentores y 25 cuartillas de su propia escritura, junto con una carta que exponga los motivos por los cuales quiere participar en el programa.

Ganador@s hasta la fecha: Sylvia Aguilar Zéleny, Nora de la Cruz, Itzel Guevara, Mariana Roa Oliva, Rodrigo Méndez y Elsa Treviño.

Plazo:  1 de septiembre de 2018

ROBERT L. BREEN FELLOWSHIP FOR MEXICAN JOURNALISTS

ROBERT L. BREEN FELLOWSHIP FOR MEXICAN JOURNALISTS

Esta beca, establecida en homenaje al periodista norteamericano Robert L. Breen por sus descendientes, se destina  a un@ periodista Mexican@ menor de 45 años, de cualquier estado de la República. La beca cubre la participación en el taller de periodisimo investigativo con la maestra Alejandra Xanic.

El propósito de esta beca es permitir a los ganadores trabajar en un tema de su elección sin la presión de escribir con un plazo diario. La selección final lo hará un comité integrado por expertos en la materia, la directora del programa  y representantes de la familia Breen. 

Requisitos:  nacionalidad mexicana, dos cartas de recomendación de colegas de alto nivel y/o de mentores y dos ejemplos de artículos o proyectos acreditados por el solicitante, junto con una carta que exponga los motivos por los cuales quiere participar en el programa. 

Ganadoras hasta la fecha: Celia Guerrero, Alicia Quiñones, Aranzazú Ayala y Dulce María Olvera

LA PÁGINA DORADA

LA PÁGINA DORADA

Esta  beca se otorgará a una escritora mexicana menor de 40 años con un libro en puerta (novela o colección de cuentos) para incentivarla a terminar su proyecto mediante la participación en el taller de narrativa en español.

La ganadora se beneficiará de 15 días adicionales en Tepoztlán para concentrarse en su manuscrito, sin costo alguno de colegiatura o de hospedaje. 

Al entregar su trabajo terminado y con una carta compromiso de alguna editorial para su publicación, se le premiará con la cantidad de $10,000 M.N. 

Requisitos: nacionalidad mexicana, dos cartas de recomendación de colegas de alto nivel y/o de mentores y 75 páginas del libro en cuestión, junto con una carta que exponga los motivos por los cuales quiere participar en el programa.

Ganadora 2018:   Aura García Junco

Plazo:  1 de septiembre de 2018

 

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