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This fully-funded VCCA fellowship is intended to support a female-identifying fiction writer each year for a two-week residency. The VCCA residency at Mt. San Angelo includes a private bedroom with en-suite bath, a separate individual studio, and three meals a day in a community of cross-disciplinary artists.

This fellowship is supported by VCCA Fellow Edward Hower in memory of his late wife Alison Lurie. Alison Stewart Lurie was an American novelist and academic. She won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for her 1984 novel Foreign Affairs. Although better known as a novelist, she wrote many non-fiction books and articles, particularly on children’s literature and the semiotics of dress.

Fellowship Application Details

Eligibility: Female-identifying fiction writers

Residencies Available: September 1 – December 31, 2025
Length of Fellowship: Two weeks

Application Opens: October 1, 2024
Application Deadline: January 15, 2025
Application Fee*:
Notification by: April 30, 2025

To be considered as an Alison Lurie Fellow, complete the “Application for Mt. San Angelo Residencies, VCCA in Virginia – Fall 2025,” selecting your fellowship interest in Question 2.

* If the application fee presents a significant barrier to application, please write to by January 10, 2025, to request an application fee waiver.