AUSTIN, Texas–The deadline for applying for the Dobie-Paisano writing fellowships is Jan. 22, 1999. Sponsored by the Texas Institute of Letters and The University of Texas at Austin, the fellowships offer six months in residence at the late J. Frank Dobie’s ranch near Austin.
The Dobie-Paisano fellowships provide an opportunity for writers to live for an extended period of time at a place of significant literary association. The 254-acre ranch, 14 miles west of Austin on Barton Creek, is owned and maintained by UT Austin.
Two fellowships will be awarded for 1999-2000, the first beginning Sept. 1, 1999 and the second March 1, 2000. The fellowships are known as the Ralph A. Johnston Memorial Fellowship and the Jesse H. Jones Writing Fellowship. Each provides a living allowance of $1,200 monthly during residence.
At the time of application, one of the following requirements must be met: the applicant must (1) be a native Texan, or (2) have lived in Texas at some time for at least two years, or (3) have published writing that has a Texas subject. Criteria for making the awards include quality of work, character of the proposed project, and suitability of the applicant for life at Paisano. Applicants must submit examples of their work in triplicate. The application fee is $10.
Winners will be announced in late April or early May.
To receive information and the application form:
Mail: Dobie-Paisano Project, J. Frank Dobie House, 702 East Dean Keeton St., Austin, Texas 78705. Phone: 512-471-854; Fax: 512-471-9997; E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Information and the application form may be downloaded at http://www.utexas.edu/ogs/Paisano.pdf Acrobat Reader 3.0 or higher is needed to download the forms. If the electronic application is used, it must be printed out and submitted (in three copies) with the rest of the entry and mailed in one package.