Applications Now Open for the Philip Roth Residence in Creative Writing

Applications Now Open for the Philip Roth Residence in Creative Writing

Bucknell University in central Pennsylvania is inviting application for its annual Philip Roth Residence in Creative Writing. The successful applicants will receive a stipend of US$5000 and four month’s lodging at Bucknell’s Poets’ Cottage.

The Philip Roth Residence in Creative Writing began in 1993. It aims to provide four months of unfettered writing time for a writer working on a first or second book. In previous years, the residency alternated between poets and writers of prose (fiction or creative nonfiction). Last year the University announced that future residencies would only be awarded to writers of prose. Information about other Bucknell programs open to poets is available on the Stadler Center for Poetry & Literary Arts Programs Page.

To be eligible for the Philip Roth Residence in Creative Writing, an applicant must be at least 21 years of age, reside in the United States, and not be enrolled as a student in a college or university. Some record of publication is desirable and there is no application fee. To apply writers must provide:

    • a letter of application
    • a curriculum vitae
    • three letters of reference
    • a writing sample of no more than 20 pages – this may consist of a complete work, an excerpt from a longer work, or multiple shorter works.

There are two residencies offered each year: the Fall Residency runs from August to December and the Spring Residency runs from February to May. Applicants can ask to be considered for either residency or for both.

Applications for the Philip Roth Residence in Creative Writing for 2020/21 close on Saturday 1 February.

For further information and to apply visit the Bucknell University website.

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