Beyond The Pure Fellows
Intermedia Arts’ Beyond the Pure Fellowships for Writers (formerly the SASE Jerome Grants for Emerging Writers), is a fellowship program that awards grants of up to $4,000 to four to six emerging Minnesota writers each year. This program defines an emerging writer as a writer whose work demonstrates a sustained level of accomplishment and commitment, but who has not yet received widespread recognition from peers and/or industry as an established professional artist.
In addition to their grant award, recipients also participate in a 12-month fellowship program that provides community, mentorship, guidance, workshops, and resources throughout the program year. This fellowship program includes approximately 15-hours of required program activities, including a program orientation
, four mentorship meetings
, a program photoshoot
, a final meeting
, and a public literary reading
. Fellows must commit to participating in all aspects of this program in order to receive their grant award.
Intermedia Arts’ Beyond the Pure Fellowships for Writers places a particular emphasis on increasing the visibility of and providing a platform for emerging writers whose voices have historically been underrepresented in the literary arts, including (but not limited to): writers of color, GLBT writers, women, new immigrants, native and Indigenous writers, low-income writers, and writers exploring non-traditional pathways to success. By providing financial assistance, professional development, and recognition to a culturally, ethnically, socially and socio-economically diverse group of writers, this program strengthens and supports Minnesota's literary community and provides a platform for many new voices to be heard as they achieve their next level of artistic success.
Past fellows have used this opportunity to:
· Take classes
· Attend a writer's conference
· Travel and/or do research
· Work with a mentor
· Have their manuscript read by an established writer
· Pay for childcare while they wrote
· Promote a newly published book
These activities are made possible thanks to the generous support of the Jerome Foundation.