Naples writer receives fellowship

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PORTLAND — The Maine Community Foundation has announced that Mark Rowland of Naples is one of the 2010 winners of Martin Dibner fellowships in fiction. The foundation awards the fellowships annually to promising Maine writers seeking to develop their writing skills.

Rowland is studying English and creative writing at the University of Southern Maine where he is currently fiction editor for “Words & Images,” USM’s arts and literature journal. He received the Richard W. Carbonneau Jr. Scholarship to attend the Stonecoast Writers Conference last year. Rowland hopes to attend a writers retreat using his Dibner fellowship award.

The Dibner fellowship alternates between fiction and poetry. Next year’s deadline, for poets, is Jan. 15, 2011. Guidelines can be found at www.mainecf.org or by calling toll free 1-877-700-6800.

Novelist and historian Martin Dibner served on the Maine Arts Commission and was the first director of the Payson Gallery at Westbrook College. Several friends created this fund to honor Dibner’s contributions to the art of writing.

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