The Mayborn Fellowship in Biography offers a two- to three-week workshop in Santa Fe, New Mexico, led by distinguished biographer James McGrath Morris.
The committee selecting a recipient of this fellowship will evaluate applicants based on three criteria:
- A viable biographical project clearly described (see below for guidelines)
- Proof that sufficient research has been, or will be completed, before the residency so as to be able to use the time for writing
- Evidence that the residency could play an important role in the development of the project
“The privilege and import of being a Mayborn Fellow in Biography is not lost on this fledgling author. To learn the craft and develop my book under the ‘biographers’ biographer’ is the opportunity of a lifetime for which the Mayborn, in so many diverse ways, has prepared me. Santa Fe to write and be mentored by Jamie Morris – wow.”
This fellowship includes the following:
- Free registration to the 2020 Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Conference
- Free registration to the 2021 Biographers International Conference
- Two to three weeks workshop in Santa Fe with mentoring from James McGrath Morris
- A reading at the end of your stay
- $500 to help defray costs
Deadline: April 15, 2020
Notification of award will be made by May 1, 2020. The winner will schedule his/her residency with James McGrath Morris.
To apply for this scholarship:
- Fill in all text boxes electronically.
- Email the completed form and your biography sample in Word or PDF format to firstname.lastname@example.org with “Mayborn Fellowship in Biography – Your Last Name” in the subject line.
The biography sample needs to include three sample chapters with a chapter-by-chapter synopsis of no more than three pages for each chapter in the proposed book. The entire biography sample needs to be double-spaced.
For more information, please call writing contest coordinator Jo Ann Livingston at 214-403-5853.
Previous Mayborn Fellowship in Biography Winners:
- Julia Flynn Siler
- Judith Bula Wise
- Brian O'Leary
- Eric Nishimoto
- Diana Parsell
- Sarah Perry