Boston, MA – March 23, 2015 – The Associates of the Boston Public Library is pleased to announce a call for applications for the 2015-2016 Children's Writer-in-Residence fellowship program. Projects eligible for this program are fiction, non-fiction, a script, or poetry works, intended for children or young adults.The program guidelines and application form are available online at Submissions are due by April 30, 2015.

The Associates’ Children's Writer-in-Residence fellowship provides an emerging children's writer with the financial support and privacy needed to complete one literary work within a nine-month period. The recipient is awarded a $20,000 stipend and receives a private office in the Central Library. Authors are provided with a forum to promote their finished work and have opportunities to establish connections with writers, publishers, and the community through participation in Library events. The program is funded thanks to the generosity of an anonymous donor.


"The Children's Writer-in-Residence Fellowship is cause for celebration for several reasons," noted Associates Board Chairman Vivian Spiro. "First, it will provide an exciting new talent with the support and public exposure necessary for success; and second, through the Children's Writer-in-Residence program, the Associates will visibly further its mission of supporting the Boston Public Library and promoting the importance of writers, books, and reading in our culture."


“The fellowship is more than just a place to work and a stipend, it’s a call to arms,” says 2014-2015 recipient Natalie Coward Anderson. “The sense of momentum makes you realize you can actually do this. And the knowledge that you’re being trusted to be a “real” writer - you just can’t put a price on it.”


The residency has enabled several talented children’s authors to launch their literary careers. Program alumni have published, or are in the process of publishing, 17 books. The Associates’ very first Children’s Writer-in-Residence (from 2004-2005), Hannah Barnaby, published Wonder Show, the book she worked on during her residency.Anna Staniszewski (2006-2007) has written nine books, including her most recent title, Power Down, Little RobotElaine Dimopoulos’s (2010-2011) novel,Material Girls, is scheduled for publication on May 5, 2015.



The Associates of the Boston Public Library is an independent nonprofit dedicated to conserving the Boston Public Library’s Special Collections of rare books, manuscripts, works of art, musical scores and other items of historic significance. The Associates is working to ensure continued public access to these irreplaceable treasures by underwriting their conservation, cataloging, digitization, and exhibition. Through these efforts, the Associates aims to help the Boston Public Library fulfill its most essential mission of providing top quality, free educational resources to the public, as well as preserving knowledge, culture, and history for the benefit of all.


Since its founding in 1972, the Associates has been the creator and underwriter of a wide array of programs, including: Literary Lights (an annual black tie dinner honoring outstanding New England authors); the Hundred-Year Retroactive Book Award competition; art and architecture tours; readings; lectures; curatorial evenings designed to enhance public awareness of the Library's holdings; exhibitions; musical performances; and discussions of current events featuring key decision makers. To learn more,, and

Dates Relevant: 
Tue, 03/24/2015 - Tue, 05/05/2015