Who should apply? If you write prose (fiction, nonfiction, memoir, essay, things that occur in large blocks of text over long series of pages) or any other form of prose, this is where you should apply. Writers at all career stages are encouraged.
Selection: Your work will be evaluated by a panel of established poetry and prose writers with competence in your genre. Your work is presented anonymously to the readers and they will make choices based on the merit of your artist statement and work sample. Please do NOT include your name on your artist statement or work sample. Your application will be assigned a number once it is completed.
What you will need to prepare before beginning the application process:
Short bio: In one paragraph, how would you describe your education, publication or public readings experience, and any paid or service work that helps further your artistic vision?
Artist Statement: In a one-page (maximum) statement, please discuss how a residency would help you advance your creative work. Also share a short statement about your writing process and/or what life experiences and literary influences have shaped your art and its themes and how you have grown or are growing as a writer. Be yourself. The jurors want to get a sense of you as an artist and your particular creative process. This will help in making final decisions. For the artist statement you do not include information regarding awards, published work, or identifying or biographical information. This assures that admissions are blind.
Work Sample: Create a work sample of up to 10,000 words (prose) in 12-point font, in a Word Doc, Docx, or PDF format. Work samples can be work-in-progress or already published work -- whatever you feel will make the strongest application. You are welcome to include an introductory note (a paragraph or two) explaining the sample (i.e. -- this is a prologue, this is a memoir excerpt, etc.). Do not include biographical or identifying information in your work sample. Make sure your name is not on any of the work sample pages. Please do not use your name in the title of the file you upload. (If your name is Jane Doe, don't upload janedoe.doc!)
Preferred Residency Dates: Our application lets you choose your preferred residency period. If you can only attend during your preferred residency period, do not designate 2nd or 3rd choice residency periods. If you have a preferred residency period but are willing to attend other sessions in the event your first choice isn't possible, mark 2nd and/or 3rd choices. If all dates are equally fine, tick that box.
Please don't hit the "submit" button on your application until all elements are attached!