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Black Writers Fellowships

In this time of necessary societal transformation, we recognize that Hand Papermaking has been operating within a culture that perpetuates social inequities. We are resolved in taking concrete steps so we may fulfill our role as the journal of record that truly reflects the full breadth of work in our field. 

In solidarity with the Movement for Black Lives, Hand Papermaking launched the Hand Papermaking Black Writers Fellowship in 2020, an evolving program which currently offers two opportunities for Black writers: Reporter and Researcher.

2020–21 Recipients

2021–22 Recipient

The Black Writers Fellowship: Reporter 

Deadline: July 25, 2022

The Black Writers Fellowship: Reporter is an opportunity for a Black writer to identify, research, and write a short-form article profiling an artist, community, studio, or organization in the field of hand papermaking. This fellowship is offered annually to a Black writer who will write an original profile that describes, contextualizes, and highlights a profile subject of their choosing. The subject must be an artist, community, studio, or organization in the field of hand papermaking. The short-form profile will be eligible for publication in Hand Papermaking magazine, Summer 2023 issue. Additionally when applicable, Hand Papermaking will work with the Reporter and the proposed subject to feature the subject’s work on Hand Papermaking’s social-media channels.

For more information about the The Black Writers Fellowship: Reporter, including eligibility and submission requirements, deadlines, selection and notification processes, and Fellowship timeline: CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE  FULL REPORTER RFP.

Hand Papermaking will host a virtual FAQ session on Wednesday, July 6, 7 pm ET to answer questions from prospective applicants. To sign up for the session (or to let us know that you cannot make that date and time), please email: bwfreporter@handpapermaking.org by June 29.

The Black Writers Fellowship: Researcher 

Deadline: July 25, 2022

The Black Writers Fellowship: Researcher is an opportunity for a Black writer to research and write a long-form article to be published in Hand Papermaking magazine.This fellowship is offered annually to a Black writer who proposes a research topic relevant to hand papermaking and indicates an ongoing investment in research and inquiry in the field. The article will be long-form and eligible for publication in Hand Papermaking magazine, Winter 2023 issue.

For more information about the The Black Writers Fellowship: Reporter, including eligibility and submission requirements, deadlines, selection and notification processes, and Fellowship timeline: CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE FULL RESEARCHER RFP.

Hand Papermaking will host a virtual FAQ session on Wednesday, July 6, 7 pm ET to answer questions from prospective applicants. To sign up for the session (or to let us know that you cannot make that date and time), email: bwfresearcher@handpapermaking.org by June 29.


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