Jen Michalski

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You'll Be Fine (2021; NineStar Press)

"An enjoyable story about an adult trying to grow up"
Kirkus Reviews

Selected, "Best Books We Read This Year (2021)”— Independent Book Review

Coming Soon

The Company of Strangers
(2022; Braddock Avenue Books)

Literary Bridesmaids of the World, Unite and Take Over

I received a fellowship letter from the Summer Literary Seminars because my story "From Here" was one of the 20 finalists for fiction this year. This is the third year in a row in which I've received a fellowship offer, although I have to say that this year's fellowship discount is the most generous ever, and I'm really thinking hard. I would love to go to Kenya or Lithuania on a working writing vacation, and if I hadn't already received the fellowship for Hambidge this summer, I would have already hit the reply key and said yes.

Some insecure writer part of me wonders whether it's a scam, like those drawing contests you see in magazines—copy this illustration of a pirate and see if you quality for our artist program! In those contests, everyone is a winner, even if one's sketch looks more like a toaster than seafaring swashbuckler. I guess I just find I find it hard to believe that I placed three years in a row. I mean, there are so many great writers out there. But this is less of SLS's problem and more of my own self-confidence.

Has anyone else received a fellowship letter, or have they attended the seminar in the past? I'd love to hear others' experience. The program looks awesome, and so many great writers I know have taught/are teaching in the program (Dawn Raffel, Sam Lipsyte, Dylan Landis, Rachel Sherman) that it seems like an opportunity one should not pass up.