Today, we are thrilled to announce the writers who have been selected for the 2017 Bitch Media Fellowships for Writers. Now in its second year, the program received 5,000 applications, all of them brimming with thoughtful, engaging, and inspiring writing.
Last year, when we had 2,500 applicants, winnowing the number down to four seemed like an impossible task. Needless to say, this year’s selection process was at least twice as difficult. That said, we’re so excited to welcome our 2017 class of writing fellow:
Aqdas Aftab, Hyattsville, MD
Writing fellow, Global Feminism
Mailee Hung, San Francisco, CA
Writing fellow, Technology
Vanessa Borjon, Chicago, IL
Writing fellow, Reproductive Rights and Justice
Bemnet Gebrechirstos, Claremont, CA
Writing fellow, Pop-Culture Criticism
Huge and heartfelt congratulations to our fellows! You’ll be learning more about them in the coming months, and we hope that you’ll follow their writing via the magazine and website.
Before signing off, though, we want to share our thoughts on receiving 5,000 qualified applicants for just four positions: Clearly, the world needs more opportunities for writers to experience paid, supported, feminist writing fellowships. We will do our part to whatever extent that our resources allow. In 2018, we are committed to expanding the program by adding at least two fellowship positions, and increasing stipends to our fellows; if you believe in the value of our program, please show your support with a tax-deductible donation today.
We want to thank everyone who applied for the fellowships. The sheer number of qualified people who took the time to put together applications is a testament to the desire for smart, timely, and feminist takes on the issues and culture that informs our lives. And it shows that the investment we’re making together, as Bitch’s Media’s community, is vital and necessary.
Wishing you the best for 2017,
Andi Zeisler, Bitch Media cofounder and fellowship director