DEADLINE: July 9, 2018 before 11:59 pm 

Fellowship starts: September 18, 2018

The Asian American Writers’ Workshop is now accepting applications for the Open City Muslim Communities Fellowship, a unique 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. We see this as a fellowship for writers of color based in NYC from Muslim and Arab, South Asian, and North and East African communities. 

For the Fall 2018 Muslim Communities Fellowship, Open City will offer a $2,500 stipend, skill-building workshops, and publishing opportunities to writers to write on the diverse Muslim communities of New York City.

The fellowship session will begin in September 18, 2018.

We are looking for writers to create deft, engaging narratives that bring the face, name, place, and heart of the community to issues like racial profiling, police surveillance, and Islamophobia.

Specifically, we are looking for writers who:

  • are willing to spend time reporting on Muslim neighborhoods and talking to people about their lives, hopes and fears;
  • understand the urgency in writing stories that depict how it is to be a Muslim in today’s America;
  • are committed to social justice, dedicated to helping promote efforts by the community to fight anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant sentiments and actions;
  • are strong, voice-driven storytellers who care about social justice movements and transporting readers to places like Jackson Heights and Astoria in Queens; Bay Ridge and Boerum Hill in Brooklyn; and Mott Haven and Parkchester in The Bronx. 

Apply for an Open City Muslim Communities Fellowship 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.

AAWW recognizes the heterogeneity of the Muslim community in New York City, and we are looking to create a home for writers from Arab American, West Asian, Central Asian, Iranian, Afghan, East and North African, Black Muslim, South Asian, and Southeast Asian communities in New York City. Please note that applicants for the Fellowship need not be Asian American but must be persons of color. 

For more info about the Open City Neighborhoods Fellowship, please read the application page for this Fellowship. 


The Open City Muslim Communities Fellowship deadline is July 9, no later than 11:59 pm. The term of the fellowship is six months: from September 2018 and ending in March 2019.


All applicants must carefully read our FAQ before applying to determine whether or not they are eligible. Open City Muslim Communities Fellowship is open to emerging writers of color from communities under attack from Islamophobia 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.

  1. Read our FAQ.
  2. Get to know Open City.
  3. Fill out the application below 11:59 pm on July 9, 2018. There is no application fee. We do not accept handwritten documents, letters of recommendation, or support materials.

All Open City Muslim Communities Fellowship applicants must submit a project proposal that will pitch and outline 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. 

Past Open City Fellows prior to 2017 may apply for the six-month Open City Muslim Communities Fellowships. 

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