Would you like a month in Berlin to expand your writing horizons? Or perhaps a working cattle ranch in rural Wyoming would provide you with the inspiration you need to start a new project? These residencies provide writers with a chance to escape daily life’s distractions and focus on their work.
Each residency has its own terms and conditions, so please read the relevant websites thoroughly before commencing any applications.
American Library in Paris Visiting Fellowship
is open to writers worldwide. Fellows receive a stipend of US$5000 to assist with travel and housing costs. Founded in 1920, the American Library is Paris is a private, non-profit English-language library. Applications close on 15 February.
Vermont Studio Center
is the largest international artists’ and writers’ residency program in the United States. Each month the Center hosts over 50 writers and artists from across the country and around the world. There are three fellowship application deadlines in 2019; 15 February, 15 June and 1 October.
Krakow UNESCO City of Literature Residency Program
is dedicated to young and emerging writers from the Cities of Literature of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network. It offers a two-month stay at Villa Decius, a historical complex and cultural centre in Krakow. Residents receive a stipend of 2500 PLN (US$650 plus travel costs. Applications close on 25 February. View Post
The James Jones Fellowship Contest is now in its 28th year. It awards $10,000 to an American writer with a first fiction novel in progress in 2019. Two runners-up may each receive $1000.
Entrants are asked to supply a two-page outline of their entire novel, plus the first 50 pages of the work.
The fellowship is only for unpublished first novels: collections of short stories, memoirs and self-published novels are not eligible. To enter this contest, writers must be United States citizens.
Literary magazine Prairie Schooner is currently accepting fiction and poetry manuscripts for its popular annual book prize contest. The winners will each receive US$3000 and publication through the University of Nebraska Press.
Entries must unpublished and fit into one of two categories:
- fiction collections of at least 150 pages comprised either entirely of short stories or one novella along with short stories (novels are not eligible)
- poetry collections of at least 50 pages
After a brief hiatus Granta, one of the world’s most prestigious literary magazines, is again accepting unsolicited submissions.
Granta’s history can be traced back to 1889 when a student politics and literature magazine called The Granta was founded at Cambridge University. Since its relaunch 38 years ago, Granta has been a quarterly literary journal, with the aim of publishing the best new writing.
Granta is currently accepting submissions of fiction and non-fiction until Thursday 21 February 2019. Poetry submissions are currently closed and will reopen on Sunday 28 April. Submissions of photography and art are open year-round.
The Kerouac Writer in Residence Project provides four residencies a year to writers of any age, living anywhere in the world. Each residency consists of approximately a three-month stay in Orlando, Florida.
The Kerouac Project takes place in the cottage where Jack Kerouac wrote his novel Dharma Bums. Accommodation, utilities and a food stipend of US$1000 are included but writers must cover any travel costs.
Applications are accepted in five categories: poetry, play, screenplay, fiction/short story, and nonfiction. Each application must include a writing sample of up to ten pages. Applications are considered on the strength of the writing sample, with the organisers stating that “in the past we have accepted writers with no formal writing education alongside those with MFA’s and impressive resumes.”