Rion Amilcar Scott

AWP HBCU Fellowship Program

Thriving undergraduate creative writing programs exist at many historically Black colleges and universities. Through the AWP HBCU Fellowship Program, we seek to uplift the work HBCU faculty are doing to support and establish creative writing programs at their institutions, as well as to provide HBCU students the opportunity to connect with peers from across the country.

To invite strong HBCU participation at the conference and to nurture and encourage new generations of Black writers within the AWP community, we award faculty and student fellowships to attend and participate in every annual AWP Conference & Bookfair. Current fellowships will send fellows to the 2024 AWP Conference & Bookfair in Kansas City, Missouri!

Meet Our Chosen Creative Advisor

In Kansas City, faculty and student fellows will have the opportunity to work and speak with special guest author Rion Amilcar Scott!

Scott completed his undergraduate degree at Howard University, and later earned an MFA at George Mason University. Before his current position teaching creative writing at the University of Maryland, Scott taught at Bowie State University. Scott is an author of the story collections The World Doesn’t Require You and Insurrections, which was awarded the 2017 PEN/Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction and the 2017 Hillsdale Award from the Fellowship of Southern Writers. Scott’s work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Kenyon Review, Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2020 and Crab Orchard Review, among other publications.

In addition to assisting with the selection of the two HBCU faculty fellows, he will also lead an event on supporting creative writing endeavors and paths to publishing at HBCUs.

Faculty & Student Fellows

The #AWP24 HBCU Fellowships will be offered to two faculty and four students. The fellowships include:

  • A $4,000 honorarium for faculty; a $250 honorarium for students
  • Paid travel expenses and lodging for the duration of the conference
  • Meeting and discussion with Rion Amilcar Scott
  • Article Publication in The Writer’s Chronicle regarding their #AWP24 experience
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