Writer’s Fellowship

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Because underrepresented voices exist. Because diverse stories exist. Because we don’t have all the answers, but we believe great books can start here.
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A writer’s fellowship for unpublished, diverse women and nonbinary individuals.

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Paging dynamic, unpublished, diverse women and nonbinary writers

LitUp will provide five emerging writers with an all-expenses-paid retreat, a three-month mentorship with a published author, and marketing support from Reese’s Book Club. LitUp is a journey and we’re with you every step of the way.



Hone Your Craft at Our Writer's Retreat

Hone Your Craft at Our Writer's Retreat

Selected fellows will participate in an all-expenses-paid writer's retreat to develop their manuscript and learn about the business side of publishing.

Get Mentored and Build a Support Network

Get Mentored and Build a Support Network

Post retreat, fellows are matched with a published author for a three-month mentorship to get their book ready for market.

Join the Reese’s Book Club Family

Join the Reese’s Book Club Family

Through it all, we stand by you every step of the way, including a first-look window with top agents and a book launch marketing commitment from us and our partners.


Open our eyes. Tell us an uplifting story that’s been overlooked. Introduce us to the diverse main character who’s falling in love while solving a murder mystery. Take us on an adventure where a diverse, time jumping protagonist saves the day. We believe real magic lies in the stories we don’t always hear. The stories that make us laugh one second and cry the next. The stories we just can’t stop reading.

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Meet our Past Fellows

Whose bright new voices and stories span a wide range of genres.

Sophia Chang

Cycle One


Adult Urban Fantasy

Chatham Greenfield

Cycle One

'Time and Time Again'

YA Romcom

Jaya Mehta

Cycle One

'The Other Side of the Door'

YA Contemporary

Katerina Ivanov Prado

Cycle One

'Still Life'

Adult Literary Fiction

Gina Isabel Rodriguez

Cycle One

'Forget Nothing'

Adult Literary Historical

Arriel Vinson

Cycle One

'The Freedom of Falling'

YA Novel in Verse

Tolani Akinola

Cycle Two

'Black Nylon'

Adult Literary Fiction

Margot Fisher

Cycle Two

'Leave It on the Track'

YA Contemporary

Ashley Jordan

Cycle Two

'Once Upon a Time in Dollywood'

Adult Romance

Allison King

Cycle Two

'The Phoenix Pencil Company'

Adult Speculative

Bora Reed

Cycle Two

'The Letter Writers'

Adult Historical

Guidelines & Eligibility

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Meet our partners

LitUp is made possible by a village of committed changemakers who believe diverse stories matter.

Dedicated to promoting literature that reflects all experiences, enabling us to discover and champion dynamic, diverse voices.

Specializes in rigorous and informative writing workshops and retreats, working with writers from all stages of their careers.

TikTok's mission is to inspire creativity and bring joy to communities around the world. With #BookTok as one of its biggest global communities, TikTok is empowering creativity of independent authors while uncovering literary joy from book lovers everywhere.

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