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The 2016 Siskiyou Prize

4 November 2016

Judge: JoeAnn Hart

The winner will receive a cash award of $1,000

A four-week residency at PLAYA (Details below)


The contest is open to published or unpublished full-length prose manuscripts, including novels, memoirs, short story collections, and essay collections.

Manuscripts should be approximately 40,000 to 90,000 words (i.e., please do not send novellas or individual essays or stories; please also note the contest is not open to poetry or children’s books).

Published books eligible for the prize must have been published within the past five (5) years; books published in the year 2010 or earlier are not eligible.


“New environmental literature” refers to literary works that focus on the environment, animal protection, ecology, and wildlife.

We’re looking for work that redefines our notions of environmentalism and sustainability, particularly when it comes to animal protection. We are not seeking books about hunting, fishing, or eating animals—unless they are analogous to a good anti-war novel being all about war. Under these basic guidelines, however, we’re open to reading a wide range of fiction and nonfiction with environmental and animal themes.

About the name:

The Siskiyou Prize is named for the Klamath-Siskiyou region of northern California and southern Oregon, one of the most diverse eco-regions in the world. The Klamath-Siskiyou has the highest concentration of Wild and Scenic Rivers in the nation, the largest area of roadless wildlands in the Pacific Northwest, and the tallest old-growth trees on earth. Due to this large network of still-intact lands, the region is a refuge for fish and other wildlife that struggle for survival in other parts of the world. Considered a global center of biodiversity, the Klamath-Siskiyou region is an inspiring example of the importance of preservation.

Contest Guidelines:

Manuscripts must be received between September 1, 2016 and December 31, 2016.

All submissions must be made online via Submittable and must include the following:

  • a cover letter with author’s full contact information, including name, address, phone number, and email address; if the manuscript is a collection of stories or essays, please include acknowledgments in the cover letter
  • the full manuscript, including a table of contents, if applicable
  • a nonrefundable $17 reading fee

A Few More Details…

  • Multiple submissions are welcome, but each must be submitted separately and accompanied by the $17 reading fee.
  • The $17 reading fee is nonrefundable, and we are unable to accept changes or additions once manuscripts are submitted.
  • Because our goal is to celebrate and promote all new environmental literature, both published and unpublished books are eligible for The Siskiyou Prize.
  • We require electronic submissions via Submittable for unpublished manuscripts. We strongly prefer electronic submissions via Submittable for published books as well (please send the final version of the book as a PDF). If you must submit a hard copy of the book, however, please use Submittable to pay the fee and include a cover letter letting us know the book will arrive via U.S. mail (Ashland Creek Press, Attn: Siskiyou Prize, 2305 Ashland Street, Suite C417, Ashland, OR 97520). Please note that authors/publishers may be asked to submit a second hard copy if their books are chosen as finalists.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.

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On the edge of the Great Basin in central Oregon, PLAYA offers creative individuals the space, the solitude, and the community to reflect and to engage their work. The winner of the Siskiyou Prize will receive a four-week residency at PLAYA.

A residency at PLAYA provides private lodging in a fully equipped cabin with kitchen/living room, a place to write, and two dinners a week (Mondays & Thursdays) with a cohort of residents, at no charge. (Transportation and other meals are not included.) Playa allows uninterrupted time and solitude amidst a spectacular landscape.

PLAYA is a nonprofit organization supporting innovative thinking through work in the arts, literature, natural sciences, and other fields of creative inquiry.

Learn more about PLAYA



20 May 2016


Deadline May 31, 2016

The Out of the Binders Scholarship Program is designed to increase diversity by offering free admission to up to 25 promising writers who might not otherwise be able to attend due to financial hardship. Diversity includes but is not limited to: age; racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds; sexual orientation; gender identity; marital and parental status; disability. The scholarships include free attendance to all the events on Saturday, October 29, 2016 and Sunday, October 30, 2016 networking opportunities to meet agents and editors, and a ticket to the VIP party, but do not include airfare and/or accommodations, or food. (Some meals may be provided as part of the conference programming.) Additionally, we are thrilled to offer stipends to select applicants: parents who require financial assistance with childcare and out of town attendees in need of travel assistance. Please indicate if you would like to be considered for any of these stipends. .

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Arquetopia is an international award-winning, Mexican official nonprofit foundation run entirely by artists. Has many opportunities for those in the arts, to include writers,

with deadline of May 29, 2016.



Deadlines June 7 and October 4, 2016.

If you are applying as an individual or group, you must be a practicing artist or arts worker and an Australian citizen or an Australian permanent resident. Applications for funding to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander panel must come from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander individuals or groups.



Deadline June 10, 2016.

For student writers, diversity fellows, and writers who are parents. Join the CWW 2016 Summer in Barcelona and South of France Writing Retreat (July 18-26, 2016) and Summer in Granada, Spain Writing Retreat (July 28-August 5, 2016). Limited scholarships of $500-$1,500 are available for each program. Scholarships are available for student writers (for undergraduate or graduate students in literary fields), diversity fellows (for writers of color and writers from marginalized communities), and for writers who are parents.

Deadline June 10, 2016.

Grants, Fellowships, Writing Residencies, and such…

24 April 2016

Chulitna Lodge Artist-In-Residence Program seeks to provide the time, space, clarity, and facilities for all forms of creative professionals to make and meditate. Full scholarships include Room & Board plus flight from anywhere in the continental U.S. and commuter flight from Anchorage to Port Alsworth and require a minimum of six weeks commitment between June 1 and Sept 30. Partial scholarships include Room & Board, but not transportation. Work study options are also available. All scholarship and work study artists are expected to participate in meal preparation, and clean up, and/or gardening.


SEMAC will provide Individual Artist Grants to encourage the development of entirely original work by both Emerging Artists and Established Artists from the region.  Such works could include original literary or dramatic scripts, musical compositions, choreographies, visual arts creations, and interdisciplinary works. The original work must be earmarked for a public showcasing, via publication, performance, or exhibition, in conjunction with a non-profit arts organization. Individual Artist Grants of no less than $300 and no more than $2,500 will be considered for funding in the Emerging Artist category, and no more than $5,000 in the Established Artist category.


Grants of $5,000 will be awarded in support of model storytelling projects that are service-oriented, based in a community or organization, and replicable, to some extent, in other places and situations. Projects should have impact beyond their own communities, organizations, or clients; inspire excellence in applied storytelling work; and communicate to new audiences the humanitarian possibilities of storytelling. Deadline April 28, 2016.


Deadline June 1, 2016.

Furnishes U.S. Antarctic Program operational support and round-trip economy air tickets between the United States and the Southern Hemisphere, to artists and writers whose work requires them to be in the Antarctic to complete their proposed project. The Program does not provide any funding to participants. The program does not support short-term projects that are essentially journalistic in nature.

PEN Northwest – Margery Davis Boyden Wilderness Writing Residency for 2018

18 January 2016

Margery Davis Boyden Wilderness Writing Residency for 2018

March 1, 2016
Entry Fee: $25
E-mail address:

A seven-month residency from April to October, which includes a $5,000 honorarium, is given annually to a poet, a fiction writer, or a creative nonfiction writer to live and work at the Dutch Henry Homestead near the Rogue River in southwestern Oregon. The residency requires one hour of general homestead maintenance per day. A committee of PEN Northwest members will judge. The 2017 resident has already been chosen. For the 2018 residency, submit three copies of 10 pages of poetry or 20 pages of prose, a résumé, and a letter of intent with a $25 entry fee by March 1. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

PEN Northwest, Margery Davis Boyden Wilderness Writing Residency, c/o John Daniel, 23030 West Sheffler Road, Elmira, OR 97437. John Daniel, Contact.

Lake Forest College – Madeleine P. Plonsker Residency

18 January 2016

Madeleine P. Plonsker Residency

A prize of $10,000, publication by &NOW Books, an imprint of Lake Forest College Press (with distribution by Northwestern University Press), and a three-week residency at Lake Forest College is given in alternating years to an emerging poet or fiction writer to complete an innovative work-in-progress. This year the residency will be offered to a fiction writer. Brian Evenson will judge. Writers who are under the age of 40 and who have not published a book are eligible. Using the online submission system, submit up to 30 pages of prose, a project statement, and a curriculum vitae by March 1. Only the first 200 entries will be considered. There is no entry fee. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Lake Forest College, Madeleine P. Plonsker Residency, English Department, P.O. Box A16, 555 North Sheridan Road, Lake Forest, IL 60045. (847) 735-5274. Joshua Corey, Contact.

Vancouver Writer in Residence – (must be a Canadian Resident)

9 January 2016

Deadline: January 22, 2016


Vancouver Public Library will host a resident thriller or mystery author,

between August 29 and December 16, 2016.

The Writer in Residence program promotes Canadian writing and literature to Vancouver citizens.

The aims of the residency are to foster greater public appreciation for Canadian writing,

provide opportunities to interact with the resident author and to provide the space,

time and resources for a Canadian author to write.

The Writer in Residence will develop exciting public programs

and provide advice to emerging writers through one-to-one consultations

and group workshops, as well as outreach to targeted communities.

This full-time position (35 hours/week) requires 40 percent of the author’s time

be spent on library programs or projects, leaving 60 percent of the work week available for creative writing.

Must be a Canadian resident.

Visit the website:


9 January 2016


The purpose of Alderworks is to enhance the creative process.

If you are accepted, how you succeed at creating new or better work is pretty much up to you.

What we provide is a simple setting, secluded on the edge of wilderness, that is meant to inspire.

If something wonderful comes from this experience,

whether a work of art or a jumbled puzzle of brilliant ideas that need more honing,

then we are happy and hopefully you will be too.

We do ask that you do something for the community while you are here,

whether giving a reading, having a small show, or hosting a workshop.

You also are welcome to help in the garden if you want to.

The deadline for applications is January 15, 2016. 

Visit the website for details:

Grants – Scholarships & Residencies

6 July 2014

Conference participants pay $950 (which includes box lunches and Saturday banquet). Auditors pay
$800 (which includes box lunches and Saturday banquet). Once admitted to the conference, a
nonrefundable deposit of $200 is due by July 31, 2014. The balance is due at or before registration. Payment may be made by check or credit card. A limited number of $350 scholarships will be made available based on the potential for literary excellence. To be considered for a scholarship, you must apply by July 15, 2014.


Fellowships are awarded to visual artists, photographers, choreographers, sculptors, poets,
playwrights, fiction writers and others working in the visual, performing and literary arts. These $5,000 awards are given annually but not always in every discipline. The Mississippi Artist Roster is made available each year to local arts agencies, schools, festivals, libraries and other organizations interested in presenting Mississippi artists. Each year, Mississippi artists are encouraged to apply for the Roster to afford themselves opportunities to perform and lead workshops in schools and communities throughout the state. Presenters may apply to the Commission for Minigrants to cover up to half of an artists’ fee.


Flint and Steel are five-week residencies designed to allow artists to join forces with a Tulane University faculty member to inspire each other in the development of new work, to excite the public, and to ignite social change. We ask artists to describe in detail how the opportunity will affect their work, to propose a public component to their residency and to suggest ways in which they will engage with the local community. Deadline August 1, 2014. Location New Orleans.


CAMAC is a creative center offering international residency programs for artists, scientists and technologists working with new media. Our ambition is to foster exchange and develop meaningful communication by providing a unique environment for individuals and collaborative groups working on the evolution of ideas or the realization of a body of work. Location Marnay sur Seine: France. Deadline July 31, 2014. Special grants, fellowships, and subsidies are available.


Willapa Bay AiR offers month-long, self-directed residencies to emerging and established artists, writers, scholars, musical composers and songwriters. Situated on 16 acres in coastal southwest Washington State, the Residency provides lodging, meals, and work space, at no cost, to five residents each month, from March 1 through September 30, 2014 of the year. Willapa Bay AiR provides lodging, work space, and meals without charge. Location Oysterville, Washington.

Artistic Research & Development Grant/Writing Residencies Applications

20 June 2014

Deadline September 18, 2014. Artist Research and Development Grants are designed to support individual artists from all disciplines. The purpose of this grant is to support the advancement of artistic research, aid in the development of artistic work and recognize the contributions individual artists make to Arizona’s communities.

Location Nebraska City, NE. Deadline September 1, 2014. Offering two to eight week residencies writers, visual artists and music composers. Housing, studio space and stipend are provided.

The Fresh Milk Art Platform, Barbados is pleased to announce an open call for the Colleen Lewis Open Archive Residency between September and November 2014. Applications from artists worldwide are welcomed. This residency aims to support visual artists, writers and creatives by offering a peaceful working space for a minimum of 4 weeks, and the opportunity to interface with the Colleen Lewis Reading Room (CLRR) as an archive with which to engage, respond and activate.

The Artist-In-Residence program is open to professional American writers, composers and visual artists, including photographers, whose work can be influenced and enhanced by this superb Michigan scene. It provides resident artists the opportunity to capture the moods of Sleeping Bear Dunes in their particular medium. The program provides rent-free use of either a park house located in the vicinity of the village of Empire (no pets), or a campsite in one of the developed mainland campgrounds.


Post marked application deadline for the 2014 season is November 15, 2014. All proposed residency projects must promote and celebrate Rocky Mountain National Park’s upcoming centennial celebration in 2015. The Artist-In-Residence Program at Rocky Mountain National Park offers professional writers, composers, and visual and performing artists the opportunity to pursue their artistic discipline while being surrounded by the park’s inspiring landscape. Selected artists stay in a historic cabin for two-week periods from June through September. No stipend is provided.


2014/2015 Winter Art and Writing Residency

31 May 2014

Deadline: June 20th, 2014 by 11:59pm (EST)

The Wassaic Artist Residency is accepting 1-6 month proposals for the 2014/2015 Winter Residency Season. Our winter residency runs from November 1, 2014 – April 30th, 2015. Artists receive an adaptable raw studio space in the Old Hotel in the Maxon Mills, as well as living accommodations. Artists also have access to workshop facilities and the possibility of working outside. The winter residency workshop facilities include a full wood shop.

Artist in residence thru January 2015 are invited to submit proposals for inclusion in the 2015 Wassaic Project Summer Exhibition or 2015 Summer Festival. Artists participating February 2015 and after will be invited to submit proposals for 2016. All artists are invited to participate in a monthly evening of artist’s talks and presentations. Artists are required to be available on the last Saturday of every month to participate in open-studios. Additionally, the Wassaic Artist Residency facilitates one-on-one studio visits with professional artists and curators at least twice per month. In keeping with the Wassaic Project’s community-oriented mission, the Wassaic Artist Residency will offer several Education Fellowships to applicants interested in working with students and teachers in the local public school district.

This year’s jury will include:

Cybele Malone (Director Urban Glass, NY)
John Silvis (Artist, )
Jessica Steller (The Curator Gallery, FLATT Magazine)
Kevin McCoy (Artist)
Julia Sedlock and Mark Rown Tree (Artists, Past Residents)
Sarah Walko (Artist, Writer, Programs Director Marble House Project)
Katia Zavistovski (Independent Curator)
Additional information can be found at:

Feel free to email questions to:

Application instructions and our application portal are available at

Deadline: June 20th, 2014 by 11:59pm (EST)

Summer High School Program – Georgetown University

12 April 2014

If you are a high school student looking to immerse yourself in an accelerated,

hands-on learning experience in one of the most vibrant and culturally diverse cities in the world,

the Georgetown High School Summer Program is for you.

Credit and noncredit courses are available in medicine, science, international relations,

law, business, arts & humanities, college prep, and more.

Priority application deadline is April 15, 2014 – apply today!
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Summer Writing Programs at Yale & Brown

12 April 2014

Join Education Unlimited at writing programs held on the campuses of Yale and Brown University this summer for two great writing programs for teens. Emerging Writers Institute is a two-week creative writing program for rising 10th-12th graders, designed to develop students’ imaginative writing across literary genres. A+ Summer pre-college is an intensive pre-collegiate research program from 11th & 12th graders with an emphasis on academic writing. Pay in full by May 10, 2014 and save $200 on any Education Unlimited program at Yale or Brown with a special offer for Teen Ink readers. Use discount code TEENINK200.

Visit for details!

Writing Residencies open for applications

13 March 2014

HAMBIDGE RESIDENCIES Apply through April 15th for the September through December residency period. Hambidge provides a residency program that empowers talented artists to explore, develop, and express their creative voices. Situated on 600 acres in the mountains of north Georgia, Hambidge is a sanctuary of time and space that inspires artists working in a broad range of disciplines to create works of the highest caliber.

HEDGEBROOK RESIDENCY — Hedgebrook retreat for women writers is on Whidbey Island, about thirty-five miles northwest of Seattle. Situated on 48 acres of forest and meadow facing Puget Sound, with a view of Mount Rainier, the retreat hosts women writers from all over the world for residencies of two to six weeks, at no cost to the writer.

JENTEL RESIDENCY — Jentel has two sessions and two deadlines. All application materials, including contact information, resume, work sample, and reference contacts must be completed online through Submittable by January 15 for the May 15 – December 13 residencies (notification by March 15) or September 15 for the January 15 – May 13 residencies (notification by November 15). Jentel Artist Residency Program lies in the Lower Piney Creek Valley with spectacular views over scoria topped hills to the majestic Big Horn Mountains of Wyoming.

GEORGIA FEE ARTIST/WRITER RESIDENCY IN PARIS — The goal of the Georgia Fee Artist/Writer Residency in Paris is to support and invest in emerging artists and writers, to provide an opportunity for them to advance their work and explore and engage with the cultural landscape of Paris, to encourage experimentation, and to increase exposure of their work to an international audience. The Residency is open to visual artists of all mediums, art writers, critics, poets, and creative writers, 24 years or older. Recent graduates are especially encouraged to apply. NOTE: No set deadline, but it opened for applications in February and said it stays open about a month, so get your application in ASAP.

SHAKE RAG ALLEY WRITING RESIDENCY – WISCONSIN — In the tradition established by Edenfred, the Terry Family Foundation’s artist residence in Madison, Wisconsin, contest-winning writers and poets are provided with a week of uninterrupted time to focus on a project of their choice. Between the months of November through April artists stay in Shake Rag’s inspiring lodging facilities in the nurturing environment of historic Mineral Point’s artist community while participating in workshops, readings and community outreach activities.


2 February 2014

No entry fee.

The Japan Creative Artist Residencies Program awards up to five three-month residencies,

each of which includes a monthly stipend of $20,000 for living expenses, housing, and professional support.

Open to published U.S. poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers to live in Japan and pursue creative projects.

Each residency also includes a travel grant of up to $2,000.

Writers who have published a book or at least 20 poems in five or more journals,

or five stories or essays in two or more journals are eligible. 


2 February 2014

FEMRITE is calling for submissions for the 6th Residency for African Women Writers,

which will be co-hosted with the Swedish literary magazine Karavan, in October 2014.

The 10-Day Writing Residency aims to give women writers space to reflect on their writing,

connect with one another, read each others’ manuscripts and give feedback,

interact with established writers and build literary bridges across cultures of the continent.

The residency is also aimed at strengthening collaboration among women writers’ initiatives in Africa.

Open to an African woman writer who lives on the Continent and needs such space and able to write & express herself in English.

For details, visit:

Bard Fiction Prize

6 June 2013

Deadline: Monday, July 1, 2013


Entry Fees: None


Monetary award and writer-in-residence appointment for one semester at Bard College.


Offered to encourage and support young fiction writes, the prize is open to American citizens age 39 or younger at the time of application. Requires the applicant to submit a published book that shows their best work.

Contact Information

Bard Fiction Prize, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY 12504-5000

Tele# 845-758-7087



2 June 2013

The mission of The Lillian E. Smith Center for Creative Arts is to offer a place where gifted creative artists and scholars in various disciplines may find the conditions of quiet solitude and privacy in which to pursue their work. The Center offers each resident a furnished cottage, which includes a bathroom and a kitchen facility. A fee of $100 per week is charged to help defray the basic expenses of maintenance and operation. It is anticipated that the length of each residency period shall be negotiable between the applicant and the director. Location Clayton, GA.

Applications will be accepted from August 15th, 2013 to June 1, 2014

All inquiries re: The Lillian E. Smith Center for Creative Arts should be addressed to Nancy Smith Fichter at the following address:
August 15-June 1: 710 Waverly Road, Tallahassee, FL 32312
June1-August 15: P.O.Box 467, Clayton, GA 30525
Email: Dr. Nancy Smith Fichter, Director.

Visit the website for details and application:


2 June 2013

Apply from August 1st through September 15th for the mid-February through April residency period. Hambidge is closed from mid-December
to mid-February. All new applicants will automatically be considered for the NEA Fellowship which provides a $700 stipend and waives the $400 residency fee for two-week residencies. This is offered to the nine top scoring candidates. $30 application fee. Submit up to 30 pages of a novel, play, short story or other written work. Please include a synopsis if necessary. Poets submit 5 to 8 poems or appropriate excerpts from longer works. For writers who work in languages other than English, submit both original language examples and English translations. Location Rabun Gap, GA.

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M Writer Residencies Open to Applications 2014-15

2 May 2013

M Writer Residencies Open to Applications
Applications for the 2014-5 M Writer’s Residencies are now open. The Programme funds three-month residencies in Bangalore, India and Shanghai, China for writers of fiction, nonfiction, poetry or dramatic prose. (The residency in India is at Sangam House, which can also be applied to separately at )

The M Writer’s Residencies have been established to disseminate a broader knowledge of contemporary life and writing in India and China today and to foster deeper intellectual, cultural and artistic links across individuals and communities.

Applications close on June 1, 2013.

Visit the website: – WC&C Scholarship Competition

3 February 2013

AWP offers two annual scholarships to emerging writers who wish to attend a writers’ conference,
center, retreat, festival, or residency. The scholarships are applied to fees for winners who attend
one of AWP’s member WC&C programs. Winners and four finalists also receive a one-year
individual membership in AWP.
Eligibility Requirements:
• Former or current students of the judge are ineligible. Previous recipients of WC&C
scholarships are also not eligible to submit.
• Submissions in fiction and poetry will be considered. Separate submissions in each genre are
• Writers’ names must not appear on submissions. A separate cover sheet must accompany
submissions and include the following: name, address, phone number, email address, title,
and genre. Please bind submissions by staple, binder clip, or paper clip. If you wish to be
notified that your manuscript was received please include a self-addressed, stamped
• All manuscripts must be single-sided and typed. Prose must be double-spaced. A maximum
of one short story (or novel excerpt) up 25 pages or 10 pages of poetry will be considered.
Each new poem must start a new page.
• You may enter in more than one genre, and you may also enter multiple manuscripts in one
genre, provided that each manuscript is accompanied by its own entry fee.
• A $10 reading fee, either as a check or money order in U.S. dollars made payable to AWP,
must accompany each submission.
Submissions are accepted between December 1 and March 30 of each year and should be mailed to:
WC&C Scholarship Competition
Association of Writers & Writing Programs
George Mason University
4400 University Drive
Fairfax, VA 22030

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True False Theatre’s, “Polygraph Tests,” Playwrights Residency

29 October 2012

Polygraph (n.) 1. a machine designed to detect and record changes in biological characteristics 2. an author who can write on a variety of different subjects
The Polygraph Tests is a residency program committed to enriching the process of theatre development by pairing selected playwrights with collaborators eager to guide and inspire the scripts’ evolution. We are looking for dangerous stories that expose and examine the ways in which desire and impulse define human relationships. Writers of all ages and from all experience levels are invited to submit plays that align with our mission statement:

True False Theatre is a group of artists dedicated to creating high-quality dramatic theatre that challenges the imagination and inspires a more conscious and compassionate community. Our goal is to probe modern value systems through entertaining productions of socially relevant plays, which uphold a commitment to exciting and empowering New York City.

This program features a three-week rehearsal period focused on giving writers the time and tools they need to experiment and develop strong character development, plot structure, and dialogue. Each playwright will work alongside a director and actors who are excited to inspire the author’s vision and provide him or her with feedback regarding the rewrites made during the residency. After a mid-process public reading allows each artist to experience their play with an audience, everyone returns to the rehearsal room for another week of collaborating with the writer. The residency ends with a second public reading celebrating the plays in whatever state they are in at the time.

Important Dates:

  • Sept 14 – Nov 16: Application Period
  • Nov 16 – Dec 7: Reading Period
  • Dec 7: Finalist Playwrights Announced
  • Dec 7 – Dec 13: Playwright Interviews
  • Dec 14: Selected Playwrights Announced
  • Dec 21: Invited Directors and Actors Announced
  • Jan 20 – Feb 9: Rehearsal Period
  • Feb 2: First Public Reading
  • Feb 9: Final Public Reading

Submission Guidelines:

  • We select playwrights based on two factors: (1) the quality and potential of the writing, and (2) a one-on-one interview during the first week of December 2012.
  • We are looking for plays on all subject matters- story and structure that dare to be different.
  • Scripts don’t need to be perfectly polished; we will happily accept unfinished work.
  • We accept only unpublished plays (but un-produced and previously produced plays are both acceptable).
  • You can send us one or several scripts- we prefer you send us two plays so we can understand your voice as much as possible.
  • Scripts can be any length (plays less than 75 pages are preferred).

Please fill out the application form at and send your play(s) to Sending us your resume and/or artistic statement in addition to your work is acceptable. Submissions received after the November 16, 2012 deadline will not be reviewed.

The Island Institute’s Writers’ Residencies – Sitka, Alaska

8 April 2012
The Island Institute, Sitka, AK
Deadline: April 15th, annually

The Island Institute’s Writers’ Residencies provide opportunities for four writers to each spend a month in Sitka, Alaska, pursuing their own work while getting to know this unique island community in the forested coastal mountains of Southeast Alaska. Residents’ time is largely their own, but each person is expected to take part in five community activities. Two public readings frame each residency—one at the beginning and one at the end. Other activities might include a writing workshop; community discussions; visits to schools; or extended radio interviews.

Each resident is provided living accommodations (including a kitchen) and a stipend of $75/week toward food costs. Travel to and from Sitka, as well as all other incidental costs, are the responsibility of the resident.

There is a single application deadline of April 15 for positions in September of that year and January and April of the following year. The November position each year is reserved for an international writer who comes to Sitka from the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa.

The program aims to encourage the work of both promising and published writers who share the interests of The Island Institute – the nature of vital communities, the social and ethical web of human relationships and connections to the natural world, the global effort to shape sustainable human cultures. In return, we believe that the gift of Sitka’s spectacular landscape and the congenial character of the community are likely, in inestimable ways, to inform the residents’ work.

Visit for more information and to download an application.

Testimony about the program:

“A gift of uninterrupted working time is immeasurably valuable to any creative endeavor. There are three ways, however, in which The Island Institute’s gift differs from other residency programs-

. . . the astonishing landscape of the southeast Alaska panhandle

. . . the community involvement which the Institute fosters

. . . the interdisciplinary nature of the residency program.”

Alison Deming, English Department, University of Arizona

The Orphanage Writer’s Residency

15 February 2012

We already have a dozen literary agents who are excited about reading the work that comes out of our residency.

Unlike other residencies and writing competitions, the inhabitants of the Orphanage will not be decided by one mysterious person, or even a panel of unknowns, but will be chosen by the collectivity of the Internet. The writers whose pitches are engaging enough to reach the largest audiences will become a part of the Orphanage. Writer’s pitches will be posted online for all to judge at, and six members will be voted in through crowd sourcing. Each pitch will be voted up (or down, to ensure it’s not a popularity contest) by our community. Each writer will have an unbiased, equal opportunity at being one of the top six writers.

The following is our Kickstarter pre-launch website:

The Wassaic Project 2012 Summer Residency Program: Invites Writers, Musicians and Artists to Apply

29 January 2012

The Wassaic Project invites all writers, musicians, and artists to apply!

Applications for our 2012 Summer Residency Program are now online. APPLY HERE!


Deadline February 14th, 2012 11:59pm


Our Summer Residency runs from May 2nd-Oct 31st, 2012. We are open to one-six month proposals.


Artists will receive an adaptable raw studio space in the historic livestock barn. All studios are roughly 300 square feet. Artists will have 24 hour access to their studio and accommodations which include a private bedroom, shared living room / study, dining room, kitchen, and bath. Artists also have access to workshop facilities as well as the potential for expansion of workshop space and the possibility of working outside. The residency’s workshop facilities include a wood and metal shop, a large format inkjet print room, and a silkscreen studio.


What is Wassaic like in the Summer, you ask??  Here are some things than happen during the summer season in Wassaic…


Pics of the studios can be seen on facebook HERE.

And Artists at work HERE.

We host Last Saturdays each month that includes open studios.

We also host visiting curators and artists for critiques (2011 & 2012).

And a tractor pull.

And our Annual Summer Festival, August 3-5, with ART and MUSIC galore.

Aaaaaaand we just hang out and enjoy the summer.


Applications and additional information about the Summer Residency can be found HERE.

Horizon Theatre’s New South Young Playwrights Festival 2012

29 January 2012

The New South Young Playwrights Festival focuses on the support and development of the next generation of American dramatists. Each summer we invite between 20 and 30 high school and college students to Horizon Theatre in Atlanta for week of residency filled with workshops, rehearsals, seminars, and readings with professional actors, directors, and dramaturgs.

We are currently seeking play submissions from high school, college and university students!

About the Festival

Students are invited to submit completed one-act plays for consideration in Horizon Theatre Company’s New South Young Playwrights’ Festival Contest. The contest has two divisions: High School (grades 9 – 12); and College (Full or part-time college students enrolled in academic year 2010 – 2011, under 25 years old). 20 – 30 playwrights will be selected to participate in the New South Young Playwrights’ Festival at Horizon Theatre Company in the Little Five Points area of Atlanta. This week-long festival will include playwriting workshops, seminars, and rehearsals with professional theatre actors, directors, and playwrights. Submitting playwrights must be available to come to Atlanta from May 28 through June 2. We are currently taking submissions through March 1, 2012.

The Festival

The week of the Festival consists of four days of residency, and the final day culminates in a performance of their work written during the week. Each playwright will be assigned a dramaturg whom they will be working with during the Festival.

Young playwrights will meet like-minded peers and colleagues, and participate in seminars aimed at their professional development. Past seminar leaders include dramaturgs, playwrights, college professors, literary directors, and artistic associates. Each playwright will have a portion of their submitted work read by professional actors living and working in Atlanta, and will have the ability to receive feedback from their peers and colleagues. Each evening there is a group excursion, often to see a performance in the Atlanta area. The last day of the Festival is a Short Play Festival, where the playwrights five-minute plays written during the week are performed by professional actors for family and friends.

The Festival is free for all participants; those selected from out-of-state will receive a travel stipend and housing. Lunch and dinner are provided for all playwrights, and the evening activities are donated to the Festival.

New South Young Playwrights alumni have received numerous productions of their work around the country since participating in the Festival. They have gone on to premier graduate programs and have become, among other professions, playwrights, screenwriters, producers, and actors.

How to Enter


The choice of subject, style and form is up to you. High school scripts must be no longer than 20 minutes reading time. College scripts may be up to 60 minutes in length. Collaborations and group-written plays are eligible.


  • If by US Mail, submit 2 typed and securely bound copies of your play.
  • If by email, please attach as a Word document.
  • Scripts will not be returned unless requested by the playwright.
  • If you would like your script returned to you, please send a SASE with your submission.
  • Filmscripts, screenplays, or adaptations of other authors’ works are not eligible.
  • On the title page of your play, list your name, address, city, state, zip, county, home phone number, email, date of birth, grade/level in school, division you are entering, school name, school address, and school phone.


MAIL TO: New South Young Playwrights Contest
Horizon Theatre Company
PO Box 5376
Atlanta, GA 31107
EMAIL TO: and put “YPF Contest Submission” in the
subject line. If you have any questions,
please contact Jessica De Maria at