Mark Your Calendar! Submissions for the Celebrate! Maya Project Young Writers Fellowship on Social Justice opens April 5, 2021!  
The Celebrate! Maya Project is eternally grateful to board members Adele Holmes and Janetta Kearney for their generous and gracious underwriting of the Celebrate! Maya Project Young Writers Fellowship on Social Justice. Thank you to Michelle Hannon, director of the Writers Colony at Dairy Hollow, for working with us to make this fellowship a reality.

​“Develop enough courage so that you can stand up for yourself and then stand up for somebody else.”


-Maya Angelou

This fellowship invites young writers ages 18 to 25 to explore social justice issues including racial discrimination, women’s rights, and educational disparity. The work may be in any literary genre: fiction or nonfiction, poetry or prose, or a combination. A successful application will demonstrate insight, honesty, literary merit, and the likelihood of publication.

Two fellowships will be awarded. One will be unrestricted. The other will be awarded to a young writer from the Arkansas Southern Delta region. Fellowship winners receive a two-week residency to focus completely on their work at the Writer’s Colony at Dairy Hollow’s Maya Angelou suite in Eureka Springs, Arkansas. Each writer’s suite includes a bedroom, private bathroom, separate writing space, and wireless internet. Fellowship recipients are provided with uninterrupted writing time, a European-style gourmet dinner prepared five nights a week and served in a community dining room, the camaraderie of other professional writers when you want it, and a community kitchen stocked with the basics for breakfast and lunch. Fellows are also given the opportunity to participate in the community outreach of their choice and are provided the chance to be published in eMerge, the online literary magazine of the Writers’ Colony at Dairy Hollow.  

Applications must be accompanied by a writing sample and a nonrefundable $35 application fee. Writers proposing more than one project must submit a separate application and fee for each one. The submission period opens April 5, 2021. Applications are due June 28, 2021. The winner will be announced no later than July 16, 2021. Residency must be completed by Dec. 31, 2022. For an application form, visit

About The Writer’s Colony at Dairy Hollow

The Writers’ Colony at Dairy Hollow is a 501(c)3 nonprofit that provides uninterrupted residency time for writers of all genres, including culinary, composers, and artists without discrimination. We foster an environment that allows writers to work, interact with the wider community, stimulate new thinking, and energize creative expression.   For more information about funding a fellowship supporting the genre and/or area of interest you are passionate about, visit


About the Celebrate! Maya Project

​The mission of the Celebrate! Maya Project is to honor and encourage literacy, creativity and the social consciousness of our youth and community through the inspiring life and work of artist and activist Maya Angelou. Learn more at


About our board members 

Adele Holmes is a pediatrician who retired to write and wander. Her objective is to speak to social injustice while using her medical background and knowledge of the world through travel to weave tales that are both entertaining and thought-provoking. Her novel, “Winter’s Reckoning,” will be published in 2022. Learn more at

Janetta Kearney holds many titles. As an attorney, former judge magistrate, AIDS administrator, director of Consumer Rights for the state of Hawaii, and corporate human resources official, she founded JK Esquire to serve as a voice and a conduit for righting some of the many social justice and legal wrongs that burden people of color and the impoverished. JK Esquire’s motto is to be "a voice for the voiceless to preserve and improve the justice system to insure free and just involvement for all, under the law."

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