Miami Book Fair creates scholarship for authors in Spanish

Mariela Gall, who is responsible for the Spanish Language Authors Program at the Miami Book Fair, explained to DIARIO LAS AMÉRICAS that this grant was an initiative of the fair itself. It was born to “support new voices emerging across the United States”, and “to help new writers begin their careers”.

“We are interested in scholarship holders who reside here so that they can experience that special flavor of a multicultural city like Miami,” he added.

Although the Emerging Authors Scholarship Program “has also been on exhibition for some time in English, with authors of various genres,” this time the bet has expanded its scope to include Spanish, which Miami-Dade is spoken in most homes.

“We’ve seen such good results that we decided to try the Fellowship of Fiction in Spanish. We want to give young authors the opportunity to interact with the Spanish language not only when they are with their families. We want them to express themselves in our language, to write poetry, stories, journalism and all the hybrids in between.” They can read Marti, Cortázar and Gabriela Mistral and get excited without dictionaries. And that we don’t always rely on translators because there are so many Spanish-language readers in the US,” Gal said.

He also emphasized that “Writers who have not published or who have not published their own work are invited. We do accept that some texts are part of an anthology. But applicants cannot be modified.”

Regarding the dynamics during that year of work on their projects, he explained that “the winning fellow (chosen by a group of well-known and recognized authors in the community) will live and write in Miami from January 2023 to January 2024. He will receive honorary decorations $41,000, divided to different salaries.

In addition, “You will work through tutorials with a mentor (already qualified writer of the same literary genre), who will share his progress and give comments and suggestions. The goal is for the fellow to work on a manuscript that becomes a book at the end of the fellowship. Meanwhile, you will participate in exhibition activities Writers like school visits or creative writing classes. They will be part of the Fair family.”

Next, the full foundations of the scholarship

book scholarship

With the support of The Perez Family Foundation, we are starting our second round of Emerging Writers Fellowship at the Miami Book Fair. This year, in addition to scholarships in English, we are offering a fictional scholarship in Spanish. The winning fellow (selected by a group of well-known authors in the community) will live and write in Miami from January 2023 to January 2024. The Emerging Writers Fellowship at the Miami Book Fair is designed to provide support in a way that energizes new literature voices that demonstrate exceptional and promising talent. We will provide the fellow with the resources to complete a book-length manuscript in progress during those 12 months, and we will support them in starting and publishing their literary career.

Include every scholarship

  • The fee is $41,000, divided as follows:

An initial lump sum of $5,000 is paid to the scholarship recipient one month prior to the start of the scholarship date.

$36,000 in monthly stipends of $3000 for 12 months to cover all living expenses (utilities, transportation, food, petty cash, etc.)

  • Teaching with his mentor, who would be an established writer, is of the same literary genre. Mentors are part of the selection committee and meet fellows at least 6 times (approximately every 2 months) during the fellowship’s 12-month period. Fellows are expected to share their progress and receive feedback on their ongoing manuscripts throughout the year.
  • Practical experience. Fellows will have the opportunity to gain valuable field experience and develop their professional resume during the 12-month fellowship, through:

Creative Writing Workshops: The Miami Book Fair offers creative writing workshops in all genres throughout the year to the community. Fellows will have the opportunity to create and deliver a workshop during the 12-month fellowship.

School Tours: Fellows will have the opportunity to give presentations at local elementary, middle, and high schools to inspire and empower students.

Scholars will be invited to attend all events organized by the book fair throughout the year, free of charge.

eligibility – eligibility

  • Applicants must be at least 21 years old on the date of the application deadline.
  • The applicant must currently reside in the United States or one of the United States’ provinces and meet at least one of the following criteria as of the application deadline. In what year are you eligible to apply:

US citizen

Deferred Action for Child Arrivals (DACA), Temporary Protected Status (TPS), Permanent Legal Status (LPS), or any category defined by authorities that grant similar and enhanced status to noncitizens who live in the United States and are legally able to work in the United States.

Please note: By law, the Miami Book Fair is required to inform the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) of any and all cash prizes awarded to an individual. If an individual has a Social Security Number (SSN) or an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN), the individual will receive a Form 1099.

Winners’ salary will be subject to completion of the IRS Form W-9, including a valid ITIN or SSN.

The applicant must not be currently registered as a degree student at the time the scholarship begins.

The applicant must not have published a book-length work in any genre, had a book contract, or was negotiating a contract in the United States or abroad at the time the fellowship began. Contracts obtained during residency are permitted and do not affect the fellowship status of the individual. You may be asked to submit any applications still pending at the time of admission and/or commencement of the fellowship.

Excerpts may be published in magazines, newspapers, anthologies or small books, but the manuscript must not have been previously published in its entirety (including self-publishing and e-books). If applicable, include a previous publication acknowledgment page with your manuscript.

Those who have previously been awarded a scholarship may not apply.

The Spanish language fellowship applicant must submit a proposal for an ongoing manuscript that can be completed under the one-year fellowship programme. The proposal for the ongoing manuscript must be submitted by a single author and in Spanish. There are no restrictions on style or theme. Translations are not eligible.

  • The applicant must be willing to move to and live in Miami, Florida for the duration of the 12-month scholarship, excluding essential travel.
  • Since the goal of this program is to provide fellows with uninterrupted time and space to complete their manuscripts, applicants must not work full time during the fellowship year.
  • Close friends, relatives, students, alumni and mentors are excluded from the competition. Likewise, current Miami Dade College and Miami Book Fair advisory board members, staff and artist teachers, as well as members of their immediate family are excluded. If any of the selected applicants fall into these categories, they will be disqualified and an alternate will be selected from among the finalists. Participation in a workshop taught by the mentor will not be a disqualifying factor, as long as the manuscript sample is unrecognizable by the mentor. Anyone wondering if he could be a “close friend” to those mentioned above, he probably is.
  • Miami Book Fair does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, race, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation or gender expression, age, height, weight, physical or mental ability, military status, military obligation, or civilian status.

Materials for application

  • Manuscript proposal in progress
  • Statement of Need: Why is it important for you to receive this scholarship.
  • Current manuscript sample
  • Biography
  • Letters of Recommendation (2)

Application Instructions

  • An applicant can only apply once per application cycle, regardless of the type of work.
  • Online applications are only accepted through our application manager, submittable. Applicants can check receipt of their manuscripts by going to ‘Applicable’.
  • Miami Book Fair accepts no responsibility for manuscripts not received due to user error. Therefore, we recommend that you submit your application within sufficient time.
  • The application has no cost.
  • Next to cover page If applying, there should be no information identifying the applicant in any of the submitted materials.
  • Academic non-fiction, translations, graphic novels, children’s literature, and youth literature (including middle and young adults) are not eligible.

Formatting Instructions

The following materials must be submitted (accepted files are PDF, DOC, DOCX, TXT and RTF). There should be no information that identifies the applicant. Any application that does not adhere to this strict format will be immediately disqualified. The application file must include:

  • A proposal to complete an ongoing manuscript that can be completed within the fellowship year (not to exceed one page spaced). It should include a project summary. Document name (file) [PROPUESTA_GÉNERO_TÍTULO DEL MANUSCRITO].doc (Example: Proposal_Fiction_Expectations.doc)
  • Current manuscript sample (numbered, includes manuscript name and title in header):

Prose: 50 to 70 pages in Times New Roman, double spaced, with one-inch margins.

Poetry: 20-30 pages in Times New Roman, with one space (unless style requires special formatting).

  • Curriculum vitae (education, professional experience, list of publications, honors, awards, etc.)

How to name the document [APELLIDO]_[NOMBRE]_CV.doc (Example: Salcedo_Juana_CV.doc)

The applicant must also request that two (2) letters of recommendation be submitted online or emailed to Ismery Pavon within seven (7) calendar days of the application deadline.

  • Letters of recommendation should include information relevant to the writing, dedication, skills and abilities relevant to writing, work ethics, and the applicant’s ability to engage with the community.
  • Letters of recommendation can include college professors, mentors, and anyone who can speak to the applicant’s writing, work ethic, skills, and community involvement.
  • Applicants must provide this link to the proposers so that they can upload their letter of recommendation directly before the deadline:


  • Application Deadline: 11:59 PM ET on April 30, 2022
  • Winners notice: August
  • Arrival of scholarship recipients in Miami: January 15, 2023 – January 31, 2024
  • Final project manuscript and completed survey on the fellowship program submitted by January 31, 2024

*MBF/MDC does not own any material created during the residency, it remains the intellectual property of the researcher, but we reserve the right to reproduce any small part for grant information purposes.

If you have any questions, please contact Ismery Pavón at

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