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Literary Cleveland is accepting applications for spring 2024 Amplify Fellowships. This is a paid four-month program that provides two local writers with the funding, resources, mentorship, and support to each create a literary project for their community. 

These community projects may include but are not limited to: learning opportunities, publishing opportunities, site-specific events, community gatherings, and literature-in-public-places projects. We are especially interested programs that engage with underrepresented groups and that do so in innovative ways. See specific examples from past Amplify Projects or from the O, Miami festival

Fellows will gain experience in literary programming, event planning, communications, and community outreach. The fellowship is hybrid with most of the work taking place remotely as well as routine in-person meetings with staff approximately once a week.  

This opportunity is intended for members of historically underrepresented groups in the writing and publishing industry. Our goal is to 1) provide writers on the margins with pathways to become arts leaders in the region, and 2) pilot innovative new program models for communities that have been historically underserved.


 — 10-15 hours per week commitment from February-May 2024 (16 weeks approximately 200 hours total)

 — Design and execute an original literary project that benefits the community 

 — Attend regular meetings with Literary Cleveland staff

 — Attend additional Literary Cleveland events and programming as part of the community



 — Applicants must be over 18 

 — Applicants must live in Northeast Ohio 

 — Project must be completed by May 24, 2024



 — $8,000.00 paid in monthly installments of $2,000.00 each

 — Free one-year Literary Cleveland membership 



 — December 11, 2023.


Applications will be reviewed by past Amplify Fellows and Interns and will be scored based on impact (who will this support and how?), innovation (how does it break new ground?), and feasibility (how accomplishable is it?). Applicants will be selected by mid-January 2024 and will begin working with Literary Cleveland in early February 2024. 



Attend a free info session on Thursday, November 16 from 5-6pm via Zoom to learn more about the Amplify Fellowship program. Literary Cleveland staff will 1) explain how the Amplify Fellowship program works; 2) give an overview of the application process; and 3) provide tips for creating competitive applications. This session will be recorded and will be available for viewing afterwards.

We use Submittable to accept and review our submissions.