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2018 Eliza So Fellowship


We’re very excited to offer the 2nd Annual Eliza So Finish-Your-Book Fellowship. The goal of the fellowship is to afford two writers the time and solitude to help finish a book that is already in progress. The fellowship includes room and board at Las Vegas’ Writer’s Block in the fall or winter of 2018, along with a $500 food stipend and $400 toward airfare. There is no fee to apply.

This year, in partnership with The Writer’s Block and Plympton, Submittable will offer two fellowships:

1) The Eliza So Fellowship for Immigrant Writers (Final judgeSun Yung Shin)
2)The Eliza So Fellowship for Montana Indigenous Writers (Final judgeDebra Magpie Earling)


1) You have a novel, collection of stories, or memoir in progress (100 pages minimum) or poetry collection in progress (30 pages minimum).

2) You are either: a) A US immigrant (documented or undocumented), b) An indigenous writer with significant ties to Montana (either you are from Montana, live in Montana currently, or have another significant affiliation with the state).


Applications are due by 11:59PM MST on March 25, 2018.

1) What is the Writer’s Block?
The Writer’s Block is located in downtown Las Vegas and
consists of a Book Shop, Las Vegas’ only independent
bookstore; Codex, a writers’ studio dedicated to education,
production, and publishing; and The Book Machine, a
unique and quick book-making tool for self-publishers.
There is also an artificial bird sanctuary. See more at

2) Are there any requirements beyond writing?

The Eliza So fellow will work with The Writer’s Block on
a public-facing event, such as a reading or lecture.
3) What are the accommodations like?

You’ll be staying at a furnished apartment in the Pioneer
Heights neighborhood of downtown Las Vegas. The studio
apartment has an attached kitchen and bathroom. Free
wifi is included. The apartment is on the ground floor and
should be accessible for anyone with mobility issues.


4) Is there a gambling allowance?
No, unless you count your food stipend.
5) What if I have already published a novel, memoir,
or full-length collection?
This is fine, as long as your book-in-progress is a different
piece of work.
6) Who is Eliza So?

Eliza So immigrated to the US from Hong Kong in the early
1980’s with her husband Albert and their two young daughters.
She worked in administrative and housekeeping jobs in the San
Francisco Bay Area for many years, while she and Albert raised
their daughters. In her late 50’s, she began showing signs of
dementia, and she was diagnosed with early onset of Alzheimer’s
in 2012. This fellowship is in honor of a very kind, hard-working,
vibrant, and warm person who still remembers her daughters,
one of whom is a Submittable employee.


7) What if I have additional questions?
Please reach out to us at any time.









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