Our two fellowship programs are dedicated to the growth of young and emerging artists wrestling with the Judeo-Christian tradition.
“Your generosity in bringing me here has altered my life in so many ways; I don’t know that I will ever be quite the same again.”
—Novelist Linda Wendling, Milton Fellow, 2004-05
“Image was my first love in the literary magazine world.”
—Madeleine Fentress Teh, Shaw Fellow, 2009
“The environment is such a positive and nurturing and inspiring place.”
—Hannah Crippen, Shaw Fellow, 2011
The Milton Fellowship
The Milton Postgraduate Fellowship offers a new writer of Christian commitment the opportunity to complete their first book-length manuscript of fiction, poetry, or creative nonfiction. The fellowship exists to encourage work by writers who seek to animate the Christian imagination, foster intellectual integrity, and explore the human condition with honesty and compassion.
The fellowship duration is one academic year at Seattle Pacific University, from mid-September to mid-June.
Each fellow will be matched up with a literary mentor to act as an occasional consultant on their book project. Mentors may include Seattle-based writers, or the fellow may choose a long-distance mentor and communicate via e-mail and phone.
The the past, fellows have worked with writers such as Ron Hansen, Valerie Sayers, Scott Cairns, Diane Glancy, Brenda Hillman, Janet Peery, Ingrid Hill, Susanne Antonetta, and Marilynne Robinson.
Fellows will be given the space and time they need to complete their books, and this means that they will be supported economically.
The fellow will live in our apartment rent-free for the nine months of the academic year. Utilities and internet are covered.
Fellows also receive a $500 monthly stipend for their time with us, as well as health and dental coverage. SPU will pay them a small monthly salary for their adjunct teaching position.
The Milton Fellow is responsible for teaching one 3-credit undergraduate course at Seattle Pacific University during each of the school’s three academic quarters. The class typically assigned to the fellow is “Imaginative Writing,” a introductory-level creative writing workshop that meets once per week in the evening.
Fellows will be featured in two events during the year:
The Milton Lecture allows the fellow to study and present a craft issue of his or her choosing to the community. We encourage fellows to use the opportunity to explore an issue at the heart of their current work.
The Milton Reading gives the fellow a chance to read from the manuscript-in-progress and engage in a lively Q&A with a supportive community.
Submit your application online here.
Eligibility: All applicants must be U.S. citizens, or be able to show proof of permanent residency, unexpired temporary residency, or a current valid visa. Applicants must possess at least an M.A. in English Literature, Creative Writing, or the humanities, or an MFA in Creative Writing.
Deadline: March 15 (and letters of reference must be postmarked by this date)
The fellowship will be awarded to the applicant who presents a clearly formulated proposal, a high quality of writing, and a demonstrated ability to complete the project. Teaching experience is an asset, but not required.
2016-17 | Isaac Anderson
Isaac Anderson grew up in Corpus Christi, Texas, and in Kansas City. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Fourth Genre, Image, Portland Magazine, Los Angeles Review of Books, Literature and Belief, and elsewhere, and his piece “Lord God Bird” (Image issue 72) received honorable mention in Best American Essays. He holds an MFA in creative writing from the Ohio State University, has taught at Ohio State, Lenoir-Rhyne University, and Western Theological Seminary, and has been a writer-in-residence at the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts.
As a Milton Fellow, Anderson will be working on a collection of essays titled This Is How the End Begins, a manuscript that examines moments of personal or historic consequence as threshold moments of birth and death, opening and closure. His essays consider subjects such as American identities and rituals, fidelity, addiction, loneliness and prayer, faith and science, cultivating empathy, religious extremism, and contingency as a native part of human being. He is also at work on a memoir titled Seek What You Vow.
2015-16 | Camellia Freeman
2014-15 | Dyana Herron
2013-14 | Nathan Poole
2012-13 | Kelly Foster
2011-12 | Nicole Miller
2010-11 | Paige Eve Chant
2009-10 | Agustín Maes
2008-09 | Hannah Faith Notess
2007-08 | Jessie Van Eerden
2006-07 | Jessica Murphy Moo
2005-06 | Laura Braman Good
2004-05 | Linda Wendling
2003-04 | Katherine Barrier
2002-03 | Virginia Smith
2001-02 | Zoe Mullery, Ryan Witt
2000-01 | Michelle Roop, Cindy Slates
1999-2000 | Lise Goett, John Jenkinson
1998-99 | Christina Jensen
1997-98 | Stephen Frech, Mary Saionz
1996-97 | Naomi Hirahara, Jerome Stueart
1995-96 | Caroline Langston, Jeremy Nafziger
1994-95 | A.G. Harmon, Christine Tachick
The Luci Shaw Fellowship
The purpose of the Luci Shaw Fellowship is to expose a promising undergraduate student to the world of literary publishing and nonprofit arts organization, and introduce fellows to the contemporary dialogue about art and faith that surrounds Image, its programs, its contributors, and its peer organizations.
This fellowship is for the summer. Specific dates are adjusted depending on the fellow's university end- and start-dates.
The fellowship works on the principle of learning-by-osmosis; we think that by hanging around our offices and observing what we do all day, you can begin to understand the field of literary publishing. To wit: in order to make the Image enterprise go, we all need to do a certain amount of non-glorious, non-intellectual detail work, editors included. Your first lesson about publishing: there’s a lot of grunt work. Just like the editors, fellows have a balance of grunt work (daily processing) and glory work (more interesting on-going projects).
Fellowship grunt work may include: helping subscribers with their accounts, processing requests for back issues and other merchandise, registering people for our annual events, sorting the mail, answering email, and helping calculate web analytics.
Ongoing projects may include: helping plan events, researching content to post on social media, updating the website and doing web design work, managing special web features like the “Artist of the Month,” or doing research for the e-newsletter, ImageUpdate. As much as possible, we try to find mini-projects that fit in with an intern’s skills and areas of interest.
Since we’re a small operation, our fellows have the chance to build experience with many different software programs and skillsets: basic HTML, Excel, Constant Contact, Salesforce, Causeview (a nonprofit extension of Salesforce), Fulco Circulation Manager, WordPress, Adobe Creative Suite, and more, in addition to gaining insight into a field in which proficient writing skills and an aesthetic sense are essential. (Past fellows have told us that the number of proficiencies they’ve added to their resumes were crucial to future employment opportunities.)
The workweek is 30 hours, with flexible scheduling. We are willing to accommodate more hours for class credit if needed. Ideally we’d like you to begin in mid-June and work through the end of August—this works best because at Seattle Pacific University we are on the quarter system. We understand that students at semester schools may need to return to school a little earlier. We do ask for a minimum commitment of 10 weeks.
Fellows also join us for the Glen Workshop in Santa Fe, New Mexico, during the first week of August. Travel, room, board, and tuition to audit a class are covered. While the fellow is “on call” all week to help with errands and tasks, you’ll also be able to sit in on a writing or art class from a nationally known teacher and attend all the readings and presentations. We’ll work you pretty hard that week, but it will also be a great crowning adventure for your summer.
Though the fellowship is unpaid, fellows stay in a one-bedroom apartment less than a mile from the Seattle Pacific University campus, where the Image offices are located. Rent and utilities are covered, as well as bus fare. We will also cover your flight to and from Seattle.
With just 30 hours of work per week, fellows have plenty of time to experience Seattle. Summer months bring long evenings of concerts, outdoor activities, warm walks amid cafés and restaurants, hiking, farmers markets, and more.
Abbie Storch is a 2016 graduate of the Templeton Honors College at Eastern University, where she studied English Literature and music. During her time at Eastern, she served as senior editor of Adorans, the undergraduate academic journal of the Agora Institute, and managing editor of The Waltonian, Eastern University’s student newspaper. In the fall of 2014, Abbie spent a semester at the University of Oxford, where she was awarded both the Frederick Buechner Prize for Creative Writing and the de Jager Prize for her research on early modern devotional poetry. In the fall, she will begin an M.A.R. in Religion and Literature at Yale University's Institute of Sacred Music. She is thrilled to join the Image team to celebrate incarnation through art and language.
2015 | Alexandra Harper
2014 | Mary Therese Jackson
2013 | Mary Roth
2012 | Sarah Grigg
2011 | Hannah Crippen
2010 | Emily Meyer
2009 | Jo Vance
2008 | Madeleine Fentress
2007 | Caitlin Cogan
2006 | Lucas Kwong, Artur Rosman