Alumnae Raluca Albu '18 and Sasha von Oldershausen '19 Center for Fiction 2020 NYC Emerging Writer Fellows

BY Nicole Saldarriaga, October 16, 2020

On Thursday, The Center for Fiction announced the winners of their 2020 NYC Emerging Writer Fellowship, among them alumnae Raluca Albu '18 and Sasha von Oldershausen '19. 


The coveted Emerging Writer Fellowship, now in its tenth year, "offers grants, editorial mentorship, and other opportunities to early-career NYC-based practitioners who are at a critical moment in their development as fiction writers." 


The fellowship is for a period of one year beginning in October 2020 and includes a wide range of support, including a grant of $5000, a space in the Center's Writer's Studio, and the mentorship of an experienced editor, the opportunity to meet with agents at a monthly dinner, and more


The nine fellows were selected from a pool of over 800 applicants by Dana Czapnik, author of The Falconer, Erik Hoel, author of the forthcoming novel The Revelations, and Melissa Rivero, author of The Affairs of the Falc√≥ns. Submissions went through an extensive blind judging process before the fellows were selected. 


Raluca Albu was born in Romania and raised in the Bronx. She has held editorial positions at Guernica, BOMB, and NYU, where she teaches writing. Her work has been published in the GuardianThe Village Voice, Words Without Borders, and elsewhere. She is at work on a novel about an illegal abortion doctor who saved lives in communist Romania, told through a fictionalized secret police file and a queer American daughter's childhood memories. She currently serves as the deputy editor of Doctors Without Borders. 


Sasha von Oldershausen is an Iranian-American freelance reporter and writer who is recently writing fiction. In the past, her work has taken her to the Texas-Mexico border, where she worked for three years as a correspondent. She frequently writes about the Iranian diaspora and Persian culture.

(left) Raluca Albu '18, (right) Sasha von Oldershausen '19