Bitch Media Invites Applications for 2020 Writing Fellowship in Pop-Culture Criticism  

Rachel Charlene Lewis, Senior Editor, Bitch Media
Rachel Charlene Lewis, Senior Editor, Bitch Media

The Bitch Media is inviting writers from all over the globe to apply for the Bitch Media 2020 Writing Fellowships in  Pop-Culture Criticism, which is one of a series of three-month intensive writing fellowships whose goal is to develop, support, and amplify emerging, diverse voices in  pop-culture media.

Fellows will work with Bitch Media on Pop-culture criticism, one of four subject areas, during the fellowship period at one of four quarters: January 1 – March 30, April 1 – June 30, July 1 – September 30, or October 1 – December 31. It is directed by Bitch cofounder, Andi Zeisler.

The Bitch Media Writing Fellowship was created in order to cultivate and amplify new voices. Writers who have minimal publication experience, are passionate about Pop-Culture Criticism but do not have a history of writing or blogging about it, or who are still figuring out what subjects obsess them are encouraged to apply.

It is not a full-time position, but an independent fellowship designed for writers who want to develop confident, well-rounded voices and are particularly interested in feminist criticism and mission-driven journalism and may be based anywhere in the world.

Applicants are encouraged to read the FAQs available at before filling out the application. An applicant is to submit a cover letter of no more than 600 words that describes his/her interest in the fellowship area of his/her choice responding to the questions:

  • What are the topics you’re passionate about?
  • What are the facets and angles of this subject that you think are underreported and under-discussed elsewhere in the media?
  • What unique experiences and perspectives will you bring to the topic?

In addition, an applicant should also submit a CV (no more than 2 pages) that includes a list of any previous publications, if applicable; three (3) relevant writing samples and short answer questions to help Bitch get to know the applicant.

During the three-month fellowships, fellows will produce a minimum of six online articles for Bitch Media in the topic area of their fellowship. These pieces can take a variety of forms: reported, analytical, advocacy-focused, and even infographic.

Fellows will also produce at least one longform article to be published in the quarterly magazine Bitch: Feminist Response to Pop Culture. They will participate in biweekly discussions (by phone or Zoom if fellows cannot meet in person) with the fellowship director and other members of the Bitch Media staff, and receive mentorship and support in creating, shaping, and editing articles and online pieces.

They will also receive follow-up support with placing future articles and essays, and make great connections within the feminist-media community as well as receive a $2,000 stipend for the three-month fellowship.

To apply, please visit

Bitch Media is an independent 501(c)3 organization and an equal-opportunity employer. It seeks a variety of perspectives and encourages applications from qualified writers of any age, race, color, gender, religion, ancestry, disability, marital status, and sexual orientation.