Three Ohio writers have been selected as recipients of 2020 National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellowships, each receiving $25,000 to support the development of new works of prose. Renée Branum of Cincinnati, Claire Luchette of Cleveland Heights, and Brian Ascalon Roley of Montgomery were among 36 recipients awarded fellowships for federal Fiscal Year 2020. A program launched by the National Endowment for the Arts in 1967, the Creative Writing Fellowships alternate each year between poetry and prose. This year, nearly 1,700 applications were submitted to the program seeking support for the development of prose, defined in a Thursday National Endowment for the Arts media release as “works of fiction and creative nonfiction, such as memoirs and personal essays.” “The National Endowment for the Arts is proud to support our nation’s writers and translators and their efforts to expand our literary landscape through their artistry, creativity, and dedication,” said Mary Anne Carter, chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts. Since its impetus, the Creative Writing Fellowship program has awarded more than 3,500 fellowships totaling more than $55 million, the release stated. The fellowships are often used by recipients to set aside time for writing, research, travel, or career and professional development opportunities.