I wish, I wish, I wish…

I did it! I have submitted my application for the Wallace Stegner Fellowship at Stanford University (the deadline is December 1, 2011 with a $60 application fee, click here for more information). I am so excited about the possibility of being selected. Last year, 1,900 people applied and only ten applicants were accepted (five in poetry and five in fiction). For the longest time, I debated whether or not I should apply, but heck, I only have one life—why not?  Who would turn down the opportunity to live in Palo Alto, California for two years with an annual stipend of $26,000 to write? However, moving to California would definitely be a CHANGE for me. For my entire life, I have lived in Baltimore, MD—I didn’t go away for college nor for graduate school, so I think I am ready to see the rest of the country, although it can be a bit frightful to leave what is familiar. But in order to grow, you have to step outside of your comfort zone. Your comfort zone can become a trap. You can become frightened to try new things, and I won’t let fear hold me back. Back to the Stegner application—I  spent several days working on the statement of plans. I figured since the process is so competitive I wanted to make sure I adequately expressed why I want to become a Stegner fellow. I mentioned my writing plans and career goals: writing a second short story collection and teaching creative writing on the collegiate level. I’m not going to lie, when I read the bios of the past fellows, I felt a bit intimidated, especially if I saw a person with numerous publications in well-known literary journals. However, you  shouldn’t compare yourself with others. You can only be yourself. Don’t ever count yourself out; you never know when it will be your turn to shine.

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4 responses to “I wish, I wish, I wish…

  1. biblewolf

    did you hear back from stegner fellowship yet? i was notified today that i didnt win and im miserable , but i hope you win

    • I didn’t get the Stegner Fellowship either, but you shouldn’t feel discouraged. Some people have applied numerous times before they are accepted. Keep working on your craft! Never give up.

  2. Rochi

    Hi, I am planning to apply for this fellowship. Can you please explain me about the statement of plans? What to write there? I need a guide line. And do you know more about this fellowship? How it works?
    Thanks.
    -Rochi

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