Arts Writing Fellowship

The DC Arts Writing Fellowship is designed to support the transition of early-career arts writers to the profession. Through the paid fellowship, early-career arts writers develop a portfolio of published work and receive structured and unstructured mentoring from established writers. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, and a link to the online application is located at the bottom of this page.

Partnering Publications 2020

Fellowship Details

Fellows are hired for Spring (Jan-May), Fall (Sept-Dec), and Full Year (Jan-Dec) periods. Selected fellows are paired with partnering publications and expected to produce as assigned, on average one story every three weeks.

Fellow payment is provided per story and based on the experience level of the writer, the complexity of the story, and the existing freelancer pay scale of the publication. For each story, fellows are paid a “freelance plus” rate, greater than the rate an outside freelancer would be paid for the same story at the same publication. Fellows are paid between $75 and $200 per story, and guaranteed a minimum of five assignments. The majority of articles are expected to be arts criticism (review or preview.)

Fellows are hired in two cadres: college age and recent graduates, and early-career of any age.

In 2021 selected fellows will be placed with The DC Line, Tagg Magazine, DC Metro Theatre Arts, and Washington Independent Review of Books. Fellows may also have opportunity to write by special assignment for additional publications.

Selected applicants will possess the following:

  • Expert writing about one of the following areas: music, dance, film, visual arts, theater, performance art, or literature
  • A professional social media presence
  • Experience taking responsibility for direct work products
  • Passion for arts journalism

Applicants must provide a resume, cover letter, and a relevant sample article written by the applicant.

Click to view the online fellowship application form

The DC Arts Writing Fellowship was founded in 2016 through support from the National Endowment for the Arts and is produced by the non-profit Day Eight, founded by Robert Bettmann. The mission of Day Eight is to empower individuals and communities to participate in the arts through the production, publication, and promotion of creative projects.