Please review our FAQs before applying. Applicants in fiction and non-fiction, including memoir, should upload a 10-page double-spaced writing sample. Poets should submit 10 pages, single-spaced, with any number of poems of any length that fit within that limit. Applicants for screenwriting must upload a finished screenplay. Journalists must submit either clips or links of published work under their byline. Applicants to a manuscript seminar must submit a 5000-word sample of a book-in-progress that includes a synopsis. All applications must include a personal statement describing your goals for the program and why you believe this is the right time for you to attend Under the Volcano.
N.B. Los candidatos de lengua hispana deben de enviar la muestra de su escritura en español.
Acceptance is on a rolling basis.
Under the Volcano is a non-profit organization with limited resources. Partial financial aid is available to qualified applicants based on proof of income and expenses (recent tax forms and bank statements, for example.) Such proof should be submitted with your application if you are requesting financial aid. Due to volume we are unable to consider material submitted separately or after the fact.
We will provide successful applicants with a formal letter to help them seek additional funding beyond what we can offer (universities often offer funds for travel or for participation in conferences, and other local organizations may provide support.) We do not offer scholarships or waivers to cover the extension residency, screenwriting or the manuscript seminars.
Our full fellowships are different from financial aid. They recognize emerging and established writers of exceptional talent. All fellowships cover tuition for the 10-day core program, the two-week extension residency, 24 nights accommodation and RT transportation from a single point of origin to Tepoztlán.
Recipients will be asked to provide written proof of their availability to remain in Tepoztlán for the full period, including the extension residency, and are expected to work on their creative project, not outside commitments. Family members are not permitted.
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 character and work. Letters and all other supporting material must be uploaded from the application; we will not read items sent separately or after the deadlne.
Please read the descriptions below to ensure that you meet the eligibility criteria before you apply.
deadline: july 15 for UTV 2020.
All fellowship awards were announced on august 15.
Please see our social media for the names of our winners.
In the spirit of giving back and paying forward (!), all fellowship recipients must:
• submit a one-page written report to the program director before leaving;
• write a thank you letter to the donors before leaving;
• offer a public reading from their work during the extension residency
• agree to assist the program with future recruitment and by curating UTV events in their home community as appropriate.
In addition, all applicants for 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 for a WOMAN WRITER
The Grace Paley Fellowship honors the legacy of the great writer and activist, 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. She returned to teach and read in Tepoztlán many times before her death in 2007.
The Grace Paley Fellowship is awarded to a woman poet or fiction writer of any age whose work Grace Paley would have encouraged and includes childcare if needed.
Winners to date: Tanea Lunsford Lynx and CMarie Fuhrman.
MARGOT ADLER FELLOWSHIP for INNOVATIVE JOURNALISM
The Margot Adler Journalism Fellowship was 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.
The Margot Adler Fellowship is awarded to a working US journalist whose commitment to contemporary issues would resonate with the life work of Margot Adler. Open to journalists up to age 40, including recent journalism school graduates. Priority will be given to those who have worked in the field for at least two years.
Requirement: four published samples of print or online work equivalent to no more than 20 pages.
Winners to date: Marcos Martínez Hernández, Diego Courchay & Casey O’Brien.
"At UTV, there was no competition, only collaboration and support… It has changed the path of my career and helped me grow immensely as a journalist.”
CASEY O’BRIEN, San Francisco, California
THE SANDRA CISNEROS FELLOWSHIP for a LATIN@ WRITER
This fellowship established by friends and admirers of pioneering writer Sandra Cisneros recognizes a Latin@ creative writer of outstanding literary promise and leadership ability.
Winners to date: Ana Portnoy Brimmer & Red Samaniego.
BECA LA GÜERA TRIGOS para UNA ESCRITORA MEXICANA
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.
Se le concederá a un/a escritor/a mexican@ de cualquier edad y de cualquier estado de la República.
Requisitos: nacionalidad y residencia mexicanas.
Ganador@s hasta la fecha: Sylvia Aguilar Zéleny, Nora de la Cruz, Itzel Guevara del Ángel, Mariana Roa Oliva, Rodrigo Méndez, Elsa Treviño & Montserrat Rodríguez Ruelas.
"UTV fue un detonador de ideas y conexiones. Llegué con una idea y volví a casa con la tercera parte de un libro."
SYLVIA AGUILAR ZÉLENY, El Paso, Texas
BECA ROBERT L. BREEN para PERIODISTAS MEXICAN@S
Establecida en homenaje al periodista norteamericano Robert L. Breen por sus descendientes, esta beca se destina a un@ periodista mexican@ menor de 45 años, de cualquier estado de la República.
El propósito de la beca Breen 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.
Ganadores hasta la fecha: Celia Guerrero, Alicia Quiñones, Aranzazú Ayala, Dulce María Olvera, Louisa Reynolds de Fernández & Diego Courchay Prieto.
LA PÁGINA DORADA
Esta beca se otorga 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 o en la Consulta de Manuscritos (Manuscript Seminar.)
Al entregar su trabajo terminado y con una carta compromiso de una editorial para su publicación, se le premiará con la cantidad de $10,000 M.N.
Requisitos: nacionalidad mexicana.
Ganadoras hasta la fecha: Aura García-Junco & Gabriela Damián
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