Indigenous Writers Grant Application

Indigenous Writers Grant Application

Are you an Indigenous writer? Are you an enrolled member of a tribal community within Minnesota? Then you’re eligible for the Reclaiming Mni Sota Indigenous Writers Grant.

In conjunction with his forthcoming novel, Reclaiming Mni Sota, author Colin Mustful will award one Indigenous writer a $10,000 grant to pursue the advancement of their creative writing projects, education, and career. To be considered for the grant, eligible applicants must submit proof of membership to federally recognized Minnesota Indian community, a personal essay, and a writing sample.

Personal Essay

The personal essay should be an expression of the writer’s journey that clearly demonstrates the writer’s intentions to use creative writing to share stories about the past. It should convey the importance of historical storytelling and the value of advancing diverse narratives in historical fiction. It should be between 750 and 1,500 words long.

Writing Sample

The writing sample should be a sample of the writer’s creative writing. It can be any form of fiction and can be a complete short-form narrative or an excerpt from a longer piece. It can be the writer’s published or unpublished work. It should be between 1,000 and 2,000 words long.

To Apply

To apply for the Reclaiming Mni Sota Indigenous Writers Grant, please submit all materials to mnauthor@colinmustful.com with the subject line INDIGENOUS WRITERS GRANT APPLICATION. Please attach the personal essay and writing sample as a .doc or .docx file. The applicant should include your full name, tribal membership, email, phone number, and mailing address. There is currently no deadline to apply.

Selection and Awarding

The awardee will be selected through a reviewal of the applications by several judges working in collaboration with author Colin Mustful. The deadline for the applications will be determined at a later date and will be based on the publishing schedule for the novel Reclaiming Mni Sota. The grant will be awarded to the awardee at the launch party for Mustful’s novel, Reclaiming Mni Sota.


The full award will amount to the total earned through the GoFundMe campaign less fees and taxes which may not equal $10,000.

The awardee must be an enrolled member of one of the eleven federally recognized Indian Tribes in Minnesota.

The actual date the grant is awarded will be within two weeks of the official launch date for the paperback version of the novel, Reclaiming Mni Sota: An Alternative History of the U.S. – Dakota War of 1862. The launch date is yet to be determined.

The award will be granted in full in the form of a check.

Grant Advocates

Michael A. (AmikoGaabaw) Loso, an enrolled member of the Mille Lacs band of Ojibwe
Afton Press
Nodin Press

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