Adina Talve-Goodman Fellowship
Together with the Talve-Goodman Family, One Story is happy to open submissions for the Adina Talve-Goodman Fellowship. This educational fellowship offers a year-long mentorship on the craft of fiction writing with One Story magazine. Our hope is to give a writer outside of the fold a significant boost in their career.
The fellow will receive:
- Free tuition for all One Story online classes and programming offered in 2021.
- Travel stipend ($2,000) and tuition to attend One Story’s July 2021 week-long summer writers’ conference in Brooklyn, which includes craft lectures, an in-person intensive fiction workshop, and panels with literary agents and publishers.
- A full manuscript review & consultation with One Story Executive Editor Hannah Tinti (story collection or novel in progress up to 150 pages/35,000 words).
Requirements: This fellowship calls for an early-career writer of fiction who has not yet published a book and is not currently nor has ever been enrolled in an advanced degree program (such as an MA or MFA) in Creative Writing, English, or Literature, and has no plans to attend one in the 2021 calendar year. We are seeking writers whose work speaks to issues and experiences related to inhabiting bodies of difference. This means writing that explores being in a body marked by difference, oppression, violence, or exclusion; often through categories of race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, class, religion, illness, disability, trauma, migration, displacement, dispossession, or imprisonment. All applicants must be at least 21 years of age as of January 1st, 2021. For complete eligibility details, please visit our FAQ.
Checklist: To apply to this fellowship you will need:
- A fiction writing sample (3,000 - 8,000 words)
- A personal statement (600 - 1,100 words)
- Two professional references (no recommendation letters but please provide: name, email, phone)
- A current resume detailing any work or educational experience. Please also list any writing classes you have taken, along with writing-related awards, fellowships, publications, and residencies (if any).
- All applications will be received via Submittable.
- Applications are open September 22nd, 2020 - October 30th, 2020 11:59pm ET.
- The winner of the 2021 Adina Talve-Goodman Fellowship will be publicly announced in January 2021.
There is NO FEE to apply for this fellowship.
We’d like to thank the Talve-Goodman family for sponsoring this fellowship, and everyone in the One Story community for helping us create this living tribute to Adina’s memory.
About Adina Talve-Goodman:
Adina Talve-Goodman was born on December 12th, 1986. She was raised in St. Louis by her wonderful parents, Rabbi James Stone Goodman and Rabbi Susan A. Talve, along with her sister, Sarika Stone Talve-Goodman and her brother, Jacob Talve-Goodman. She attended Clayton High School and Washington University, where she studied performance studies, as well as women, gender, and sexuality studies. She became a well-known actress in the local theater scene, a Star Clown in an Italian clown school, played King Lear at the London Globe, and started seriously pursuing creative writing. During this time, at 19 years old, Adina received a heart transplant, due to a congenital heart condition, and began writing about it.
Adina started working at One Story magazine as an intern in April 2010. After a brief break she returned, first as an assistant and later as One Story’s Managing Editor, beginning in March 2012. Adina quickly became a vibrant and vital member of the New York literary community. Those who interacted with Adina through One Story’s editorial department, writing classes, or public events like the Literary Debutante Ball knew right away that she was special. She had a way of disarming—and charming—everyone. She filled One Story’s office with laughter, music and joy.
Adina spent many, many hours writing to emerging authors and encouraging their work. She had a strong interest in issues of embodied difference, illness, and suffering and helped One Story organize donations to prisons. Every day, she used her voice to amplify the voices of others. She had a knack for finding those who needed help and helping them, whenever and wherever they needed it. She was a lighthouse for her family, friends, and colleagues.
She left our team in 2016 to attend the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and she was working on her first book when she was diagnosed with cancer. Adina passed away on January 12th, 2018.
In 2015, Adina won the Bellevue Literary Review’s Non-Fiction Prize with her marvelous essay, “I Must Have Been That Man.” To read it is to hear her voice. We were so lucky to know her.
One Story is honored to be facilitating this fellowship with the Talve-Goodman family, so that Adina’s love of storytelling and her vision for a better world can live on.
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Please read our FAQ before applying to the fellowship. If you have any questions about the fellowship, please write to .