NEW DEADLINE: Extended! To October 3, before 11:59 pm
Fellowship starts: November 27, 2017

The Asian American Writers’ Workshop is now accepting applications for the Open City Fellowship and the Muslim Communities Fellowship -- unique opportunities for emerging Asian American writers to publish narrative nonfiction over the span of six months on the vibrant immigrant communities of New York City.

For the Fall 2017 fellowship, the Open City Fellowship will offer a $2,500 grant, skill-building workshops, and publishing opportunities to writers to write about the vibrant Asian immigrant communities of New York City. The Fellowship spans six months, starting in October 2017 and ending in late April 2018.  

The Open City Muslim Communities Fellowship offers a six-month opportunity for emerging writers of color from communities under attack from Islamophobia to publish narrative nonfiction about Muslim communities in New York City. For more info about the Muslim Communities Fellowship, please read the application page for this Fellowship.

We are especially looking for writers eager to work on neighborhood-based stories in Sunset Park, Bay Ridge, Midwood, and Boerum Hill in Brooklyn; Manhattan's Chinatown; Astoria, Flushing, Jackson Heights and Richmond Hill in Queens; and other growing Asian immigrant communities across New York City, including those in Staten Island and the Bronx. 

Apply for an Open City Project Grant if you:
  • are a strong, voice-driven storyteller who cares about social justice movements and wants to transport readers to places like Flushing, Queens, and Sunset Park, Brooklyn;
  • have an entrepreneurial spirit and understand that building a career as a writer includes building a social media presence;  
  • can demonstrate nonfiction writing experience and a dedication to developing a writing career; and 
  • are excited about getting your hands dirty in "the field" and cultivating trust and sources in your neighborhood.

Open City documents the pulse of metropolitan Asian America as it's being lived on the streets of New York right now. We're looking for writers to create deft, engaging narratives that bring the face, name, place, and heart of the community to issues like gentrification, immigration, Islamophobia, community policing and racial and gender discrimination. 

Previous Fellows have gone on to write and report for Granta, Al Jazeera America, the American Prospect and Slate, among other outlets. Their works during their time as Fellows have been picked up by NPR, The Atlantic Cities, and the New York Times.  


The Fellowship duration is six months, starting in November 2017 and ending in late April 2018.


All applicants must carefully read our FAQ before applying to determine whether or not they are eligible. Open City Project Grants are open to emerging Asian American writers who reside in New York City. To be considered, you must apply through this Submittable form. If you have additional questions, please feel free to contact us at opencitymag [at] gmail [dot] com.

  2. Get to know Open City.
  3. Fill out the application below and submit by 11:59 pm on October 3, 2017. There is no application fee. We do not accept handwritten documents, letters of recommendation, or support materials.

All Open City Fellowship applicants must submit story proposals that comprise pitches and outlines the stories they plan to write for Open City over the span of the six-month grant period. Please read the FAQ for more details on how to structure the proposal. 

Current Fellows may apply for a second round of Fellowship funding if they have completed all the requirements of their current Fellowship. Fellows will need to wait a year after their second six-month Fellowship to apply again. Past Open City Fellows prior to 2017 may apply for six-month Open City Fellowships.

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