Banff Fellowship

The Banff Centre for the Arts and the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute are pleased to announce a fully funded fellowship for students in, and alumni of, the Literary Reportage concentration.

The fellowship offers an opportunity to develop a major essay, memoir, or feature piece during a month-long residency. Writers will work on their manuscript during weekly consultations with faculty editors, and round-table discussions with the other participants. By placing writers in a situation designed to challenge and stimulate their creativity, the program encourages the exploration of new ideas in journalism and experimentation with writing a piece that might otherwise be difficult to complete. The fellowship covers round trip airfare to Banff, and food and lodging during the month at the Banff Centre for the Arts.

After acceptance to the program, writers are commissioned to produce and submit a first draft of the accepted project by June 22, 2013 (recommended length: 8,000 to 10,000 words). The time between acceptance to the program and the draft deadline should be used for research and manuscript development in consultation with one of two faculty editors. For this first draft, writers are paid — on arrival in Banff — an advance on a commission fee; the deadline must be met, however, for failure to do so can mean disqualification from the program. With the successful completion and submission of the manuscript by the end of the residency, writers are paid the balance of the $2,000 commission fee. The program requires completion of the manuscript by the end of the residency.

The writers retain first serial rights to their work, which means they can publish it wherever they like for whatever fee. A large number of articles that have come out of the program have appeared in national and international magazines, newspapers, and journals, as well as becoming sections of books and the basis for radio and television features. With the commission fee, The Banff Centre acquires second serial rights to the essays written during the program.


Congratulations to Cody Upton for receiving the NYU/Banff Fellowship in 2012.

"My time at the Banff Centre was incredible, and I feel remarkably lucky to have participated in the Literary Journalism Program. This fellowship provided me with the necessary structure, freedom, and support to create a piece that I might not have completed otherwise­—in my case, a piece of challenging, personal writing. Besides room and board, the Centre gives each writer a private cabin in the forested Leighton Artists’ Colony, and plenty of time to write... I did not want to leave."
- Cody Upton, recipient of the NYU/Banff Fellowship, Lit Rep '13


Faculty for 2013
Ian Brown - Rogers Communication Chair
Katherine Ashenburg - Faculty Editor
Victor Dwyer - Faculty Editor     

Application deadline: March 15, 2013
Off-site Manuscript Development: May 15 - June 22, 2013
On-site Residency: July 4 - 30, 2013  

All applicants must submit:
1 Online application form ( and $60 processing fee
2 Supporting material:  

Electronic Submissions

Along with the basic application form that can be submitted electronically, all other text-based support materials should be sent as an email attachment to the following address:
Attachments should be sent in a recognized word processing format. Microsoft Word is preferred. Rich Text Format is another option, if you do not have Microsoft Word. Please indicate clearly which program the support materials are for. Pages should be numbered with your name clearly indicated on each page. Audio files, images, recordings, or other multi-media support materials cannot be sent by email.

Adjudication and Notification
Participants are selected by impartial adjudicators on the basis of their submitted material. The successful candidate will be selected from the field of applicants on the basis of writing skill, literary merit, and the relevance and originality of their project idea. Consideration will also be given to the likelihood that the writer’s work will benefit from the program. Applicants will be notified as soon as adjudication is complete. The approximate notification date is mid-April.

Please contact the Office of the Registrar:
Email: or
Phone: 403.762.6180 or 1.800.565.9989
Fax: 403.762.6345

Go here to learn more about Literary Journalism at the Banff Centre for the Arts: