Announcing the Inaugural FSG Writer’s Fellowship Winner
Farrar, Straus and Giroux is proud to announce that the inaugural FSG Writer’s Fellowship has been awarded to the New Orleans–based writer Addie Citchens.
FSG announced the creation of the Writer’s Fellowship on March 22 of this year. Applicants were asked to submit a writing sample and a personal statement. In an identity-hidden submission process, each of the initial writing samples was read by at least two members of the FSG community, across all publishing departments, over the course of two months. In June, the top 30 submissions and their respective personal statements were sent to the three Fellowship judges—Sheila Heti, Katie Kitamura, and Rowan Ricardo Phillips—who selected the five finalists in July. A small group of FSG staff then read these five writing samples and personal statements, and interviewed each finalist. The group conferred and made a recommendation for the winner to FSG’s publisher, Mitzi Angel.
Mitzi Angel, president and publisher of FSG, says, “I’m delighted to announce the winner of the FSG Writer’s Fellowship, a program that expresses our longtime commitment to publishing exciting new voices. I look forward to welcoming Addie Citchens to FSG. Citchens’s remarkable imagination gives rise to prose of an unusual focus and fullness. It embodies the qualities and spirit that FSG holds to in its search for the best and liveliest new writing.”
This yearlong program is designed to give an emerging writer from an underrepresented community additional resources to build a life around writing: funding, editorial guidance, and advice on how to forge a writing career. The Fellowship celebrates the spirit of the FSG publishing list and its commitment to invention, curiosity, and extending the limits of literature. In addition to a $15,000 award, Citchens’s work will be featured in the FSG newsletter Work in Progress, and FSG will organize a public reading of Citchens’s writing. The Fellowship also aims to provide mentorship and an introduction to the publishing industry through FSG and its networks, including mentorship from Rowan Ricardo Phillips. Citchens’s Fellowship will begin in September of this year.
The FSG Writer’s Fellowship is an ongoing program and will continue next year as we open submissions for the 2023 FSG Fellow.