In partnership with the Maine Community Foundation, the Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance is proud to offer the Martin Dibner Memorial Fellowships for Maine Writers. The Dibner Fellowships provide full funding to attend the MWPA’s autumn Harvest Writers Retreat and spring Black Fly Writers Retreat. The fellowships are awarded on a mixed need and merit base.

The Martin Dibner Memorial Fellowships for Maine Writers are open to Maine residents* (1) who have not published a full-length book and (2) who are 18 years of age or older at the time of the application.

*Both full-time and part-time Maine residents are eligible to apply (part-time residents are defined as seasonal residents who own property in Maine). 


  • The fellowships are open to writers in all genres.
  • There is no fee to apply.
  • All prospective fellows must submit an application, statement of need, and work sample—see details below. Applicants who fail to submit a complete application, do not follow the submission instructions, or miss the application deadline will not be considered. Please make sure to follow the submission instructions carefully.
  • Previous Dibner Fellows are eligible to re-apply five years after receiving a fellowship.

Deadlines for Dibner Fellowships fall throughout the year:

2018 Black Fly Writers Retreat
→ Applications due (not postmarked by) no later than 10:00 a.m. on Friday, April 13, 2018

2018 Harvest Writers Retreat
Applications due (not postmarked by) no later than 10:00 a.m. on Friday, October 5, 2018

Fellowship Application Instructions

Please read carefully. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

All Dibner Fellowship applications must include a cover page with the author’s name, the title of submitted work sample, and a statement of need that does not exceed 500-words. The statement of need should address the following:

  1. Why you are applying for a Dibner Fellowship.
  2. What you hope to get out of the retreat or workshop you are applying for.
  3. Your personal writing goals and aspirations.
  4. Which genre/instructor do you wish to work with at the writers retreat?

Applicants must submit two copies of their manuscript, which cannot exceed ten pages of prose or five pages of poetry (one poem per page). Unpublished and previously published work (stories, essays, and poems) are accepted, including excerpts from larger works. No submissions will be returned. All manuscripts must meet the following requirements:

  • The author’s name should not appear on any of the manuscript pages.
  • The title of the work must appear at the top or bottom of each page.
  • Page numbers must appear at the bottom of each page.
  • 12-point font, double-spaced lines (for prose, but not for poetry), and one-inch margins on 8.5 x 11 paper.
  • Handwritten worksamples will not be accepted.

All Dibner Fellows are required to submit a one-page report within two weeks of the retreat or workshop. The report should describe how the fellow benefited from the experience, and particularly how it helped to advance the fellow’s writing, career, or literary aspirations. Excerpts from these reports may be used by the Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance or the Maine Community Foundation when publicizing the Dibner Fellowships.


  • No email submissions will be accepted.
  • Do not mail packages that require a signature.
  • All applications and manuscripts must be printed and mailed to the address below.
  • Receipt of applications will be confirmed via email.
  • Winners will be announced as quickly as possible after the deadline; please allow up to two weeks.
  • Please refrain from repeated inquiries as to when winners will be announced.

Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance
Attn: Dibner Fellowships
Glickman Family Library
318 Forest Avenue, Room 318
Portland, ME 04101


Questions about the Dibner Fellowships may be directed to Joshua Bodwell.