The programme runs biennially for three editions between 2017 and 2022 supporting a total of nine artists, three Fellowships per edition. Successful artists will each receive £15,000 to support a year of Fellowship, during which they will be matched with a core mentor and will have further access to a range of advisers and ‘critical friends’ to support their developing practice.
The selectors are: critic, writer and novelist David Dabydeen, poets Kate Fox and Mimi Khalvati (pictured); Gemma Seltzer, author and Relationship Manager Literature, Arts Council England; Jan Kofi-Tsekpo, Relationship Manager Literature, Arts Council England; and Shonagh Manson, Director, Jerwood Charitable Foundation.
They will select from over 190 applications from poets nominated by more than 250 specialists including: publishers, editors, literary development agencies, poets (different career levels and types of practices), artists working in other disciplines, funders, festival organisers and other arts organisers and producers.
The Fellowships seek to reward a culturally and creatively diverse series of individuals, which could mean both discovering emerging talent and rewarding experience and excellence. They also offer an opportunity to engage in critical conversations about what poetry can be, and is today. We are looking to identify and encourage those who may not normally consider applying for development opportunities, awards or prizes.
The three selected poets will be announced in June.