FORUM Storytelling Fellowship


Applications are now open through July 21 for the first FORUM Storytelling Fellowship cohort. The cohort will take place from August through November 2024. Keep reading for more information! 


This year, we are piloting a new FORUM Storytelling Fellowship. We will host two 4-month cohorts each year, consisting of between 4 and 6 participants. The Fellowship will prioritize recruiting previously unpublished writers, and serve as a venue for publishing stories that are underrepresented in statewide media. Fellows will be paid $500/month for their participation ($2,000 total for the fellowship).

Fellows will:

  1. Create and edit one new piece of work monthly, to be published in print and on the FORUM digital platform. Fellows will gain writing experience and build their skills in submitting pitches and working with an editor and publisher. Monthly stories will be guided by a set of themes, but fellows will be encouraged to experiment creatively with new ideas and storytelling formats. Upon completing the Fellowship, each writer will have at least four published stories they can use to further their literary careers.

  2. Connect with other Alaskan writers through 2-hour virtual cohort gatherings once per month. Fellows will develop a network of writers aiming to disrupt dominant narratives of Alaska, participate in skill-building workshops with professional storytellers and writers (such as the Alaska State Writer Laureate), and build a community of support.

Estimated MONTHLY commitment:

  • Attending one 2-hour virtual gathering

  • Administrative time (checking program-related emails, etc)

  • Writing and editing a ~500-word story/essay/article (four total throughout the fellowship)

Fellows will be paid $500/month for their participation ($2,000 total for the fellowship).

We’re looking for storytellers who:

  • Want to build their skills and portfolios as writers. In the future, we hope to expand to other mediums, but the current focus of the fellowship is on written storytelling for publication in print and digital platforms.

  • Have between 0-5 years of experience in professional writing (this means producing published work that you were paid for). 

  • Are willing to attend AKHF events in their communities. 

  • The cohort of selected storytellers will ideally represent a range of communities, racial and cultural identities, gender identities, and abilities.


How to apply

To apply, complete the application at this link.

Important dates

  • June 18, 2024: Fellowship application opens

  • July 21: Fellowship application closes.

  • Late July: Applicants notified.

  • Week of August 5: cohort programming begins (exact meeting dates and times are determined with participants)


Fellows should:

  • Be at least 18 years of age;

  • Currently reside in Alaska; and

  • Not be a current board or staff member.

Selection Criteria

We aim to assemble a cohort of storytellers from a range of communities, racial and cultural identities, gender identities, and abilities. We also seek to create a cohort that brings diverse perspectives and experiences to the program. Applications will be reviewed based on the following criteria:

  • Application narrative: the narrative demonstrates intentionality and thoughtfulness.

  • Fellowship fit: based on the narrative, the applicant will benefit professionally from the Fellowship, and will also contribute their own experiences, skills, and interests to the cohort.

  • The cohort of selected storytellers will ideally represent a range of communities, racial and cultural identities, gender identities, and abilities.

Although not a requirement, we give priority to applicants who are a current or past participant of an Alaska Humanities Forum program (this is defined broadly – if you have participated in any programming run by the Alaska Humanities Forum, that counts). We have included this priority to ensure fellows are familiar with the Forum and understand the scope of our work, mission, and vision. 

Alaska Humanities Forum

The Alaska Humanities Forum is a non-profit, non-partisan organization that designs and facilitates experiences to bridge distance and difference – programming that shares and preserves the stories of people and places across our vast state, and explores what it means to be Alaskan.

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