Luminarts Cultural Foundation Fellowship and High School Programs

Applications for each program are listed below. For general questions about program eligibility please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page or contact Luminarts at info@luminarts.org or 312-435-5961.

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DEADLINE: The deadline has been extended until Tuesday, May 1 at 11:59 p.m. CST.

The Creative Writing Fellowship awards five $5,000 Luminarts Fellowships for excellence in creative writing in the categories of prose and poetry.


Eligibility and Guidelines

Applicants must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Be between the ages of 18 and 30 years old on the date of applying
  • Be currently enrolled in, or have completed, a degree program, conservatory, or other professional artist development program
  • Live within 150 miles of the Chicago Loop

Submission Guidelines

There are three components that must be attached to your application. These include:

  • A written piece of your work (two pages maximum length, excerpts of larger work are allowed)
  • A career statement outlining what your career objectives are as an artist, how becoming a Luminarts Fellow would help support those objectives, and how you envision your art/career impacting the greater Chicago community
  • A professional or educational reference letter

Read below for specific details about each of these components.


Your Written Piece:

You may submit one (1) piece of writing in either prose or poetry. The piece should be no more than two (2) pages in length, single-spaced, using 11 pt. to 12 pt. type, in a standard academic font (Times New Roman, Cambria, Georgia, Arial, or Calibri, no exceptions). If your written piece is an excerpt of a larger body of work such as a novel or short story, space will be provided for you to attach the full piece in addition to the excerpt. In addition:

  • Remove your name from all pages
  • Write the title of your piece in the top left header
  • Under the title indicate if the piece is prose or poetry
  • If your piece is an excerpt, write "excerpt" (please attach the full piece using the same guidelines, indicating "Full Piece"
  • The file name should be the title of the piece (example: "Catcher in the Rye.doc")
Please submit your piece in Microsoft Word format (.doc or .docx).

Career Statement:

  • Your career statement should outline what your career objectives are as an artist, how becoming a Luminarts Fellow would help support those objectives, and how you envision your art/career impacting the greater Chicago community
  • Your statement may not exceed 600 words in total 
  • This statement will be used in the Foundation's evaluation


Professional/Educational Reference Letter:

  • This letter should speak to your work and your potential as an artist and should include the name and contact information of your reference.
  • The letter may be submitted in PDF, MS Word, or JPEG/screen shot
  • If your reference would like to send the letter directly to Luminarts they may email it to info@luminarts.org and we will attach it to your application after you submit it. In order to submit your application without the letter please upload a Word document with the name of the person emailing your reference letter to the Foundation.


After Submitting Your Application

Applicants will be notified via email on or before Monday, July 10, 2017 regarding whether or not they have been selected as a winner. Please do not contact the Foundation before July 10 regarding the status of your application.

While applicants may reapply to the Luminarts Fellowship annually, they are only eligible to receive the Fellowship award once. However, once an individual has been designated a Luminarts Fellow they are eligible to apply for Fellow Project Grants through the Foundation. For Project Grant information visit our Artist Opportunities page.

For questions about eligibility or more information about the competition visit our Frequently Asked Questions page or contact Luminarts at info@luminarts.org or (312) 435-5961.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Friday, April 28, 2017 11:59 p.m. CST (DEADLINE EXTENDED to Tuesday, May 2, 2017)