BMI supports the next generation of literary arts leaders through graduate fellowships, internships, scholarships, and funding for student-run literary events and publishing projects.


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BMI supports the next generation of literary arts leaders through graduate fellowships, internships, scholarships, and funding for student-run literary events and publishing projects.

BMI is committed to seeding the next generation of writers and literary leaders, with particular attention to our partnership with the Creative Writing International Program at UNLV, a nationally ranked graduate program offering both MFAs and PhDs.  Through graduate assistantships and internships, BMI provides students with a deeper understanding of the wide and multifaceted career paths available to them in the literary arts after graduation. Through BMI’s experiential learning and professional development opportunities, students develop important skills related to editorial and magazine production, program management and marketing, and much more. Students can request specific program “concentrations” based on their own desired learning outcomes. As an example, one may request to focus on publishing, in order to learn…

  • fundamental skills like fact-checking, proofing, copyediting, and transcription.
  • what it means to submit a compelling work sample for editorial consideration.
  • the ins and out of production timelines; how to run and participate in editorial meetings; how a magazine goes to print and, ultimately, lands on newsstands.

Additional areas of focus for students include, but are not limited to: events production & curation; marketing & communications; development; business; and much more. Students who engage with BMI work with writers, editors, and agents from around the world, and explore new and unanticipated interests and professional skills.

If you would like to volunteer or intern with BMI, please give us a call at (702) 895-5542. If you would like to receive credit or course releases for your time spent with BMI, please contact your college or school for more information on next steps. Internship and volunteer opportunities are available to high school, college, and graduate students, as well as those pursuing continuing education.

BMI offers a variety of opportunities exclusively to graduate students who are pursuing masters and doctorate degrees through UNLV’s Creative Writing International Program.

If you are a current or incoming student to this specific program, please give us a call at (702) 895-5542 to learn more about how we might work together.  

BMI PhD Fellowships are awarded to all students pursuing doctorates in Creative Writing at UNLV.  BMI awards $9,000/year to each student, for the first three years of their studies. Each awardee receives either 1 or 2 course releases in exchange for an hourly assignment to BMI. Time is spent developing valuable skills while pursuing approved research projects or by supporting the institute’s core programs, such as The Believer and Witness.

MFA/MA Graduate Assistantships are available to students across UNLV’s campus. Please contact your college or department for more information. 

International Travel Scholarships are awarded to Creative Writing MFAs who are completing their second year of studies at UNLV.  Award recipients receive $3,000/each from BMI. For more information or to apply, please contact UNLV’s International Programs office for more information on deadlines and eligibility. 
Donald Barlow Fellowships are awarded annually to recent graduates who demonstrated exceptional prowess, ability, and interest in BMI’s work during their studies. This is a new opportunity and more information will be available in 2021 on how to apply.


In addition, BMI offers financial and administrative support to a variety of student-run programs, including but not limited to…

The Neon Lit Reading Series which features writers from UNLV’s Creative Writing MFA and PhD program. Since 2009, Neon Lit has drawn standing room only crowds to downtown Las Vegas with readings that reflect the diverse student body and offer the unique opportunity to be exposed to an array of new writers in Las Vegas. 

Breakout Writers Series brings 4-6 emerging stars to UNLV and the University of Nevada, Reno to present public readings and craft talks aimed at current students. Authors are hand-selected by a student-run committee, comprised of UNLV MFA Creative Writing students. 

Alumni Reading Series bring 2-3 program graduates each year to connect with current students, read and discuss their latest work. 

To learn more about Witness Magazine and Interim Magazine, please visit their websites. 

Would your  student group or off-campus organization like to partner with BMI on an upcoming event or project? If your concept aligns with BMI’s mission and institutional values, please give us a call (702) 895-5542. We encourage you to connect with us at least 9-12 months in advance if you are requesting financial or promotional support.