Programs to help writers navigate independence.
At Substack, we believe that writing can be both a form of expression and a way to make income on your own terms. We welcome applications from writers who are ready to turn their writing practice into a career.
“This fellowship is such a thrilling opportunity that will help Power Plays thrive, and it encapsulates why Substack was the perfect place to launch this newsletter — they really do care about writers and journalism.”
– Lindsay Gibbs, Power Plays
Intensives are sprints for driven writers.
These immersive, short-form programs recur each quarter, and bring writers close to Substack’s product and insights to help evolve their publications around a specific theme or genre.
Fellowships power long-term independence.
Through fellowships, Substack provides writers with substantial support over an extended period, allowing them to dedicate their attention to launching a media business on Substack.
Writing with benefits.
Substack’s fellows receive services, strategic coaching, mentorship, and exposure. Participating writers share their tips and strategies, forming a powerful support structure.
Upcoming Programs
Summer of Sound
Substack's Summer of Sound is an immersive, month-long intensive for podcasters, audio creators, and musicians to deepen their skills and accelerate their publications. Applications are now closed.
Current Programs
Food Intensive
In Spring 2022, we selected 10 fellows for Substack's Food Intensive. These emerging food & drink writers are currently focused on enhancing their publications and defining the future of food writing on Substack.
Past Programs
Substack Grow Intensive
This cohort participated in a fellowship rooted in strategic advancement and community leadership.
Local News Fellowship
Substack supported local news journalists around the world to build their media businesses independently.
Substack Fellowship for Independent Writers, 2020
This program built on our first fellowship, with the aim of giving prominence to emerging talent.
Substack Fellowship for Independent Writers, 2019
Substack’s first program was designed to help five writers take their publications to the next level.
“Thanks to Substack's fellowship program I now have all the tools I need to succeed, a plan to earn a living from my newsletter, and a community of writers to support me along the way.”
– Elle Griffin, The Novelleist