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Welcome to the Children's Lit Fellows!


The Children's Lit Fellows are up to 12 serious children's or YA writers who receive a year-long course  of advanced instruction that is customized, affordable, comprehensive, and professionally useful.

Fellows work from home - anywhere in the world - in the Spring and Fall, mentored one-on-one by members of our outstanding faculty and, twice a year, come together as a cohort, once in July during the Summer Conference and a second time in January for a special Publishing and Editing Conference.

During their year , Fellows complete one publishable YA or middle grade manuscript, or for chapter and picture book writers, three to five submission-ready manuscripts.

The program may be taken for graduate credit or non-credit. The credit option provides an Advanced Graduate Certificate in Children's Literature from SUNY Stony Brook Southampton's MFA in Creative Writing. We welcome international participants.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to the impact of COVID-19, the Children's Lit Fellows is currently on hiatus.

Please check back for updates as to when applications will re-open.
The Children's Lit Fellows is committed to justice and equity for BIPOC, LGTBQIA+, and neurodiverse and disabled communities. Please click here to read our ANTI-RACISM STATEMENT.

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Five good reasons to apply as a Fellow:

It's flexible
It's comprehensive
It's affordable
It's customized
It's connected