by Jane Ciabattari | Feb-20-2018

The National Book Critics Circle is seeking applications for the 2017-2018 Emerging Critics Fellowship. The fellowship seeks to identify, nurture, and support the development of the next generation of book critics.

ELIGIBILITY Critics of all ages who seek to review and write about books for print and digital outlets are eligible for the fellowship. Applicants may or may not have previously published book reviews.

THE FELLOWSHIP Over the course of the one-year fellowship, emerging critics will receive:

—An opportunity to partake in the ongoing conversation about the craft of reviewing, and ethical questions and concerns emerging as the publishing landscape changes.

—Active mentorship from members of NBCC board. This includes Skype sessions on topics including the craft of writing reviews, ethics and professionalism, the business of freelancing, and more. Board members are also individually available for advice on drafts as well as counsel regarding career development.

—Access to NBCC blog Critical Mass, as contributors of both original work and previously published work in weekly-roundup.

—Dues-free membership to the NBCC, admission to NBCC events, and annual reception for one year.

APPLICATION Each writer must submit a resume, three writing examples, a 300-500-word statement of purpose, and names/contact information for two references. Apply at

DEADLINE Applications are due by April 3, 2018. Fellows will be announced on May 15, 2018.

CONTACT Elizabeth Taylor,, or Tom Beer,

The National Book Critics Circle seeks a broad range of applicants, especially those who have demonstrated a genuine interest and commitment to engaging in critical conversation about books.

The NBCC serves more than 700 member critics, authors, literary bloggers, book publishing personnel, and student members. The National Book Critics Circle awards are given each March and honor the best literature published in the United States. 

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