BIPOC at Gotham

We speak, we write, we do language. That is how civilizations heal.

–Toni Morrison

Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, Gotham is creating opportunities to welcome more people of color into the world of writing.


The Gotham “Manuscript-to-Market” Fellowship is open to people of color who have completed a book manuscript (or nonfiction book proposal) and are ready to go to market with their book. Three fellowships will be offered every year.

Each fellowship includes:

  • Admittance to the Gotham Writers Conference—the panels and presentations as well as a seat at a pitching roundtable with two agents in your genre.

Acceptance is open to all people of color and based solely on the merit of your book project. At least one spot will be rewarded to a Black writer.

Once accepted, Gotham will do a consultation to determine the timing and arrangement of your fellowship.

This fellowship does not guarantee that winners will get a book published, but it does help them get the best possible shot.

2020 Winners

Josephine Queen

Sufiya Abdur-Rahman

Makiko Hirata

Janine Kovac