Matt Sailor (B.A. ’07, M.F.A. ’13) has been awarded a prestigious National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Creative Writing Fellowship. NEA Creative Writing Fellowships provide assistance to published writers that enable them to set aside time for writing, research, travel and general career advancement. NEA fellowships are highly competitive. The NEA received more than 1,300 eligible manuscripts in this round. Successful manuscripts are selected through an anonymous, panel-review process for which the sole review criteria is artistic excellence and merit. The NEA will support 38 fellowships in prose (fiction and creative nonfiction). The 38 fellows range in age from 27 to 60 and hail from 18 states around the country.