Awards and Fellowships

    Each year, Lighthouse awards fellowships, residencies, and prizes that honor the work our instructors and members do throughout the community. Though monetary awards are modest, we strive to recognize the successes of all of our members through the programs below. 

    Lighthouse fellowships help people with limited financial resources and exceptional talent join our workshops and advance their writing in four main areas. We offer fellowships for veterans, writers of color, Lit Fest, and the Book Project.

    Lit Fest Fellowships

    The Lit Fest Fellowships for Emerging Writers support advanced writers who haven’t yet published a book-length work and who wouldn’t otherwise be able to attend a weeklong or weekend Advanced Workshop. The Larrk Lit Fest Fellowship covers the full cost of tuition for an advanced weeklong or weekend workshop for a writer with a physical disability who wouldn’t otherwise be able to attend an advanced workshop. Applications for Lit Fest 2024 close on March 9.

    Writing in Color Fellowship

    Offered annually to a person who demonstrates a passion and skill for writing, a commitment to developing their writing skills, and a clear commitment to community service, the Writing In Color Fellowship for Emerging Writers is for writers who would benefit from a year's worth of involvement at Lighthouse but who would not be able to do so without financial support. In order to support the skills and creative passion of emerging writers in the Lighthouse community, this fellowship is intended for emerging writers of color who have not had significant access to or experience with traditional opportunities to learn and grow in the literary world. Any writer of color residing in the United States over the age of 18 writing in any genre who has not published a full-length manuscript is eligible to apply. 

    Applications for the 2024 fellowship are closed. All applicants will be notified about the status of their application by early April 2024. 

    New Voices Fellowship

    The New Voices Fellowship was created to support the writing journey of individuals who participate in the Hard Times program. Applications for the 2024 fellowship are closed.

    The Beacon Award

    The Lighthouse Beacon Award was initiated by students to honor a Lighthouse faculty member for teaching excellence, commitment to students, and dedication to the craft of writing.

    Kudos Member News

    We celebrate recent publications and awards for members, faculty, staff, and anyone who's part of our community. Check out past news below, or submit your own work for announcement in the quarterly Kudos newsletter.

    Book Project Fellowships

    In 2018, we launched the Book Project Fellowships, which cover partial or full tuition for the entire two-year program.

    Alice Maxine Bowie Fellowship

    The Alice Maxine Bowie Fellowship sponsored a member of the Lighthouse writing community for a full year of literary support and involvement at Lighthouse. Though the program has been discontinued as of 2017, you can read more about our past fellows here.