The Foundation will consider proposals from authors and scholars working in any genre, style, or media that can be classified as Creative Nonfiction. This includes but is not limited to the familiar or personal essay, the lyric essay, biography, autobiography, memoir, oral history, travel writing, nature writing, science writing, sports writing, the interview, or other forms of literary nonfiction. Journalism should go well beyond simple reportage and include authorial perspective, literary devices and structures, and imaginative or speculative connective tissue. Research nonfiction should not be focused simply on reporting findings, summary, or other approaches that merely digest other perspectives or information and should contextualize other voices in the author's own, as well as in the meaning or impact of the gathered materials. Theoretical or philosophical writing in creative nonfiction should be grounded in narrative or in specific, material life. We are not seeking writing in History or Literary Criticism as there are separate awards in this area.
In accordance with the fellowship program's overall goal of supporting early mid-career artists and scholars, applicants should have a record of a major publication and demonstrate a promising program of creative development using Creative Nonfiction as a mode of creative expression and experimentation. Note that fellowship funds are intended mainly to support time for creative work; they do not underwrite costs of equipment, exhibitions, or publication.
Howard Foundation Fellowships are awarded through a multi-stage review process that begins with successive rounds of screening by expert panels assembled for each year's fields. Proposals advance through the process based on the collective determination of panelists. To ensure candid assessment, the identities of reviewers are not public. The proposals that panelists collectively judge to be the strongest under the Foundation's award criteria are forwarded to the Foundation's multi-disciplinary Board of Administration, which makes the final selection. The Howard Foundation is committed to supporting artist and scholars of diverse cultural, sexual, and ethnic backgrounds. HF does not discriminate based on the gender, ethnicity, sexuality, or ability/disability of artists, and welcomes work whose content reflects the lived experiences of the applicants.