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 at the bottom of this page.

Partnering Publications 2020

Fellowship Details

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

Fellow payment is made per story 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:

  • Demonstrate expertise writing about one of the following areas: music, dance, film, visual arts, theater, performance art, or literature
  • Maintain a professional social media presence
  • Demonstrate experience taking responsibility for direct work products
  • Demonstrate passion for arts journalism

Applicants must provide: 1) a resume, 2) a cover letter, 3) 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.