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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.

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.

PLEASE NOTE: The Children's Lit Fellows is currently on hiatus, with no immediate plans to relaunch.

Please join our mailing list (link at the bottom of this page) to be notified if/when the program should be reinstated. Thank you.

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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