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. Our programs provide support so that writers can carve out time to dedicate to their publications.
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“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
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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.
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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.
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Writing with benefits.
Substack’s Fellows receive grants, services, strategic coaching, mentorship, and exposure. We welcome applications from writers who are ready to turn their writing practice into a career.
Upcoming Programs
Food Intensive
In Spring 2022, our Food Intensive will accelerate emerging food & drink writers. We will select 10 fellows to deepen their focus on their publications and to co-create a guide for writing about food on Substack. Applications are now closed.
Summer Intensive
Keep an eye out for details on our next Intensive program. Applications will open in Spring 2022.
“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
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.