Alice Maxine Bowie Fellowship

A year-long literary immersion for a Lighthouse writer

The Alice Maxine Bowie Fellowship sponsors a member of the Lighthouse writing community for a full year of literary support and involvement at Lighthouse. This fellowship was formed in honor of the great Alice Maxine Bowie, who believes everyone has a right to a meaningful education, that much of our most meaningful education comes from literature, and that the world benefits from hearing stories.

While Lighthouse has always emphasized accessibility, this award offers a depth and consistency of involvement to the fellowship recipient. The year-long award period not only engages the writer in directed literary activities, but also allows for full immersion in a project or body of work. At the close of the fellowship year, the community is enriched through the opportunity to hear and celebrate the fellowship recipient, who will read from what they’ve written during the year.

The 2016-2017 award went to poet Jesica Carson Davis. Elle Echo was the runner-up, and honorable mentions were given to Kelleen Zubick and Andrea Doray.

The next application cycle will open in April of 2017.


The fellowship includes:


  • Four (4) 8-week workshops per year (or the equivalent in 4-week workshops and half-day seminars), and
  • Registration, lodging, and board for the Grand Lake Retreat (July 2017) or a juried or non-juried gold pass to Lighthouse's Lit Fest (June 2017).

Community Engagement

  • The fellowship period culminates with a public reading and celebration, during which the recipient will be properly feted and will share the fruits of his or her fellowship (i.e., the project he or she has worked on) with an appreciative crowd.
  • Finalists and the next fellowship winner will also be announced.


  • Writer must be an adult who loves to write (although writers who have had moments/hours/days of hating to write can apply also. We get it).
  • Writer must be eager and enthusiastic about building and participating in the Lighthouse community. The principle of taking care of one's own community/family is of paramount value to Alice Maxine Bowie. She does this by giving the gift of education to those who not only need it, but demonstrate their desire/willingness to pass it on. The Alice Maxine Bowie Fellowship was created to honor and help those who pursue what they love and be willing to give back to the community that supports them.
  • Writer must be committed to a full year of participation in workshops, culminating with the Grand Lake Retreat or the Lighthouse Lit Fest (gold pass or juried gold pass). The fellowship begins in August and runs through the following July, with the reading and celebration taking place the following August. Writers should only apply if they wish to participate in these activities.
  • For the 2016/2017 Fellowship, the writer must be working in poetry. The genre will rotate between fiction, nonfiction, and poetry each year. Dramatic writers (screenwriters and playwrights) should submit with fiction writers, unless they’re working on nonfiction documentaries or dramas.
  • Writers who are granted the award must wait two years to apply for another Alice Maxine Bowie fellowship, in any genre.
  • Writer must be in financial need of the support.

To Apply:

  • Applications are closed for 2016-2017. The next application cycle will open in March of 2017.

Review Process:

  • A review panel of Lighthouse faculty, the AMB funder, and Lighthouse members will convene to review all applications.
  • Equal weight will be given to the amount of involvement applicants have already had at Lighthouse, the potential revealed in the writing sample, and financial need.
  • Decisions will be finalized by early August.

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