10 Best Sites For Writing Prompts
A large part of being a creative writer is having ideas, working with them, shaping them. But what if the ideas are not coming and you still want to write? Luckily, there are lists of sites that focus on writing prompts that serve the writer as refreshers, literary starter bread and wine and fuels for creative imagination to mold more creative ideas.
Here are 10 best sites that provide writing prompts that the writer can use.
During Story A Day May, Julie Duffy posts daily prompts, Every Wednesday in other months she posts WriteOnWednesday challenges, where writers can post right in the comments and get some immediate feedback.
The accurately titled Writing Prompts is a Tumblr blog by Luke Neff which is filled with an image-rich collection of whimsical prompts. He frequently updates writing prompts and draws from diverse sources and writers visiting the site can also share their own writing prompts to be published on the site.
Dedicated prompter Brian A. Kleins of Writer’s Digest here provides weekly doses of inspiration to writers. Kleins journeys writers through writings which are intentionally well developed and serves as brilliant writing “warm-up” exercises. Writers can post the results of their inspiration in the comments, which creates an online healthy writers mastermind group for all participating writers.
Shane Arthur, Sean Platt and David Wright post blogs that contain 10 random words or phrases and encourage writers to “create and submit a cohesive, creative short story tying all the stories together” in the comments section and wait for feedback to roll in. This restriction of using the 10 words liberates the writer to write something beyond his/her style of which on a normal writing day may not otherwise write.
Write Anything is a brilliant blog for writers. Posts in their Friday Fiction give the writer a theme to write to. The site lists upcoming themes about a month in advance, so that the writers can work well with and mold these stories. They also have a feature called Spoken Sunday: to record your story and link to it!
This site is reputed as the most beautiful writing prompt machine online by many writers who are fanatics of writing prompts. The creator of the site is Andrew Bosley, and it serves as a virtual word wheel that gives the writer a trove of variations of person, place, and thing. It also has its own iPhone/iPad app that the writer can download and use.
Easy Street Prompts engages the writer in almost a creative pandemic with combinations of visual prompt and video and word prompts. They open their prompting to artists, writers, and the terminally creative which gives room for enormous sources of inspiration for in-depth creativity. The site also encourages posting one’s terminal creations in the comments section for feedback and responses.
This blog is hosted by the current editor of the Writer’s Digest magazine. It is filled with a splendor of intriguing articles and a prompt on every entry. A writer can write in the comments section if he/she wants. So go on and write Promptly!
9. Writing Fix
These prompts seem to be directed at kids, but they can work for any other creative writer too. They have a fascinating method where they have separated their prompts (both for journal and creative writing) into Right Brain Prompts and Left Brain Prompts, among other features. There are also many other types of prompts a writer can choose from: story starters, titles, themes, character descriptions, tone, even prepositional phrases!
This is where you find a complete combination of humor, wit, and satire all directed at inspiring the writer to have a hearty laugh after being shown brilliant writing prompts from where it had seemed barren of creative ideas. This site is hosted by humorist Dan Wiencek, and is published at McSweeney’s.
Short Story Competitions/Prizes
Below are some lucrative prizes for short story writers which are eligible to African writers:
It is open for unpublished short stories up to 2200 in length and is open to women writers from around the world. It is run annually. The winner receives £2,000 (US$3200) plus two optional extras: a one-week writing retreat at Chawton House Library and a day with a Virago editor.
The Africa Book Club “Short Reads” Competition features short stories drawn from contributors across the African continent. They accept unpublished fiction and creative non-fiction submissions, not exceeding 3,500 words, and whose setting and context are primarily set in Africa, or written by African authors. Submissions are accepted throughout the year and there is no submission fee.
It is organized by the Australian Book Review annually. Entries must be a single-authored short story of between 2000 and 5000 words, written in English. Stories must not have been previously published or be on offer to other prizes or publications for the duration of the Jolley Prize.
It is open to published and aspiring writers of all ages and nationalities. Entries must be a short story (for adults) of no more than 2,000 words, on the theme of ‘Joy’. The closing date for the 2015 competition is midnight on Sunday 15th February 2015. The winners of the competition will be announced on this site in March 2015. You could win a cash prize of £500 plus a place on an Arvon residential writing course of your choice and a chance to get your work published.
The prize is awarded for the best piece of unpublished short fiction (2,000-5,000 words) in English. Short stories translated into English are also eligible. Entries for the 2015 Commonwealth Short Story Prize open on September 15 2014. The closing date for entries is 15 November 2014.
The Prize is awarded to a short story by an African writer published in English, whether in Africa or elsewhere. Indicative length is between 3000 and 10,000 words.
The prize is an international award that aims to promote and celebrate the excellence of the modern short story. However, it is open to any novelist or short story writer from around the world who is published in the UK or Ireland. It is the world’s richest short story prize with the winner receiving £30,000 (US$49,000). Entries for the 2015 prize are expected to open in July 2014.
It is run annually with about $3,000 in prizes. It is open to entrants from any country and entries can be on any theme and the maximum length is 6000 words. The work you submit must be in English but if you have written a work in another language, you may submit an English translation. This year’s contest opens on September 20 and the deadline is April 30, 2015.
It is dedicated to recognizing and supporting the work of emerging writers whose fiction has not yet achieved success. Entries must be less than 3500 words and the competition is open to writers based anywhere is the world. The winner receives US$1500 and publication. The Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition first ran in 1981.
The prize is open to all authors writing in English regardless of nationality or residence, and it is open to published and unpublished authors alike. Only book-length manuscripts are eligible with ‘book-length’ defined as being between 150 and 300 manuscript pages. The winner receives US$5500 and publication by the University of Massachusetts Press. Entries for the 2015 competition will be accepted from January 1 to February 28, 2015.
It is for writers who have not yet published a book of fiction. It is open to writers based anywhere in the world and submissions must be less than 7000 words. First prize is US$1500, a domestic airfare and accommodation to attend the next festival in New Orleans, a VIP All-Access Festival pass, a public reading at a literary panel at the next Festival and publication in Louisiana Literature. 2014 Entries opens on June 25 and close 16 November.
Entries opened for unpublished stories not exceeding 5000 words. The winning author will receive US $1500 and have his or her work published in the summer edition of Boston Review. First runner-up will be published in a following issue, and second runner-up will be published at the Boston Review website.
Literary Prizes Eligible to African Writers
There are many literary awards, some general, some specific, some based on country or region, some on genre; which also attract significant remuneration as part of their prize.
Below are some of the most prestigious and well-known and active literary awards from around the world that are eligible to African writers.
This is a major new annual poetry prize of £3000 aimed at the development, celebration and promotion of poetry from Africa. The prize is open to poets who were born in Africa, or who are nationals of an African country, or whose parents are African. Poems for entry may, however have been published; and only poets who have not yet had a full-length poetry book published are eligible. Poets who have self-published poetry books or had chapbooks and pamphlets published are allowed to submit for this prize. Submissions: 1 September.
This is a literary prize that recognizes excellence in young adult fiction from Tanzania, Ethiopia, Ghana and Kenya. The Award consists of up to three cash prizes totaling $21,000 CAD and a publishing contract for winning authors. Publishers of winning titles participate in a guaranteed book purchase and distribution program ensuring that winning titles are distributed to CODE-supported schools and libraries throughout these four countries. Winning titles will also be eligible for international publication as e-books. Submissions: June; Deadline: October.
This is awarded to a work (a short story) by an African writer published in English, whether in Africa or elsewhere. The Caine Prize is not supported by an endowment and is a charity that raises funds each year to continue to support its work rewarding the best African writing annually. Its focus is on the short story, reflecting the contemporary development of the African story-telling tradition. Submissions to the prize are made by publishers only. There is a cash prize of £10,000 for the winning author and a travel award for each of the short-listed candidates (up to five in all). The shortlisted candidates will also receive a Prize of £500. The award is made in July each year, the deadline for submissions being 31 January. Works received after that date will be put forward to the next year’s prize. The short-list is selected from work originally published in the five years preceding the submissions deadline and not previously considered for a Caine Prize. Works must have been first published between 1 February 2010 and the closing date.
This is a pan-African writing prize awarded biennially. It was established by The Lumina Foundation in 2005 in honour of Africa’s first Nobel Laureate in literature, Wole Soyinka. The prize is awarded every other year to an African writer, and the winner receives $20,000. Entries must be written in English or French. Books that have won other prizes are ineligible. Although originally all genres were considered for every award, beginning with 2014 there would be one genre eligible for each edition of the award, with drama being considered for 2014, poetry in 2016 and prose in 2018.
This is one of the most respected and serious prizes for children’s literature in Africa. The Prize offers six awards: The Golden Baobab Prize for Picture Books for children between 6-8 years (US $5,000) – funded by The Global Fund for Children; The Golden Baobab Prize for Early Chapter Books for children between 9-11 years (US $ 5,000); The Golden Baobab Prize for Rising Writers for writers below 18 (US $2,500) – funded by The African Library Project; The Golden Baobab Prize for Illustrators (US$5,000) – open to African citizens of any age; The Golden Baobab Prize for Rising Illustrators (US$2,500) – open to African citizens below the age of 18; and The Golden Baobab Lifetime Achievement in Children’s Literature Award – open to African writers/illustrators whose body of work has contributed immensely to the development of African children’s content. Dates for entries and deadlines of the Prizes may differ depending on the year.
6. Booker Prize
Now known as the Man Booker Prize, a literary prize awarded each year for the best original full-length novel written in the English language by a citizen of either the Commonwealth of Nations (British Commonwealth) or Ireland. Originally called the Booker-McConnell Prize after the Booker-McConnell company began sponsoring the event in 1968 with a £21,000 cash prize. Since 2002, it has been sponsored by the Man Group with a £50,000 prize. Since 2005, a separate biennial prize, the Man Booker International Prize, has also been awarded, for which any living author in the world may qualify. Shortlist: September; Winner: October.
A leading award for fiction, first bestowed in 1987. It is organized and funded by the Commonwealth Foundation, and is open to new fiction by writers from the any of the countries of the Commonwealth of Nations (British Commonwealth). For each of the four geographical regions, two prizes of £1,000 are awarded, one for Best Book and one for Best First Book; the overall winners earn £10,000 for Best Book and £5,000 for Best First Book. This database lists the Best Book prize only. Shortlist: May; Winner: June. From 2014, the Commonwealth Book Prize has been discontinued to concentrate on short story writers.
Originally established in 1965 as the Guardian Fiction Award by “The Guardian” newspaper in Britain, it was awarded annually to a work of fiction by British or Commonwealth writer and published in the UK. Since 1999, the prize has been open only to debut works in the field of either fiction or non-fiction and across all genres. The annual prize is worth £10,000 to the winner. Some of the winners since 1999 may fall into categories other than fiction. Shortlist: November; Winner: December.
Britain’s oldest literary awards, founded in 1919 by Janet Coutts Black in memory of her late husband, James Tait Black, awards two annual prizes for literature written in the English language and first published in Britain, one for Fiction and one for Biography. The award is administered by the University of Edinburgh in Scotland, and the total prize fund was increased from £6,000 to £20,000 in 2005. Shortlist: May; Winner: August.
The Montreal Prize is a first-of-its-kind open global poetry competition awarding $20,000 for one poem. Our international jury of ten distinguished poets from Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe and the Americas will select the top 50 entries. This shortlist is published in the Global Poetry Anthology. And from that shortlist our prize judge selects the winner of the prize. Entering your poems in the Montreal Prize is just one way of supporting English poetries around the world. Early Entry Deadline: March 31; Final Entry Deadline: May 15.
The Griffin Trust’s support for poetry focuses on the annual Griffin Poetry Prize, which awards two literary prizes of $50,000 each. A Canadian prize is given to a living poet resident in Canada; an international prize is given to a living poet from any country in the world. Both prizes may include works in translation. Judges are selected annually by the trustees and the prizes are awarded in the spring of each year. Eligible collections of poetry are those published between January 1 and December 31 of any given year. Submissions are accepted from publishers only.
Shakespeare and Company has a long-standing tradition of opening its doors to aspiring writers and in keeping with that philosophy, the 10,000€ Paris Literary Prize is open to writers from around the world who have not yet published a book. We believe that a prize of this kind can make a difference in launching a new writer’s career. Only submissions received and paid for by midnight September 1st (Paris time: GMT + 2) or by the extended deadline of midnight September 15th (Paris time: GMT + 2) are considered.
One of the most prestigious literary awards in the world, the BAILEYS Women’s Prize for Fiction – previously known as the Orange Prize for Fiction – celebrates excellence, originality and accessibility in women’s writing from throughout the world. The winner receives a cheque for £30,000 and a limited edition bronze known as a ‘Bessie’, created and donated by the artist Grizel Niven. Both are anonymously endowed. The Prize is open to any full length novel, written in English by a woman of any nationality, provided that the novel is published for the first time in print from the United Kingdom between 1 April of the year before the Prize is awarded and 31 March of the year in which the Prize is awarded. Although the novel’s first UK publication must fall within these dates, it’s still eligible if it was previously published in English elsewhere. Only books published in the UK are eligible.
Open annual writing competition – for short stories, poetry and flash fiction. The prize awards first prize of £5,000 each for poetry and short story categories, £1,000 first prize for flash fiction. Submissions for the prize are accepted from Mid-November and deadline for receipt of entries is Midnight (BST) on 31st May of the following year.
This prize is named in honour of Frank O’Connor, who devoted much of his work to the form—is an international literary award presented for the best short story collection. The Prize is worth €25,000 to the winning author of a collection of short stories published for the first time, in English anywhere in the world, between July of a particular year and June of the following year (selecteds, collecteds or books containing stories published in a previous volume of stories by the author will not be eligible) and submissions and deadline of receipt of entry are published within these dates. Translations are eligible. Each year, roughly sixty books are longlisted, with either four or six books shortlisted, the ultimate decision made by three judges.
This competition awards a cash prize of $3,000, and also getting the winner published in Writer’s Digest magazine, and a paid trip to ever-popular Writer’s Digest Conference! The winning entries will be on display in the 15th Annual Writer’s Digest Competition Collection. Short stories in less than 1,500 words are eligible for entry. Early-Bird Entry Deadline: November 17; Entry Deadline: December 15, 2014.
This is the University of Warwick’s interdisciplinary writing prize awarded biennially to an excellent piece of writing in English in any genre and any form. This innovative literature prize involves global competition, and crosses all disciplines. The winner of this award receives £25,000 and the opportunity to take up a short placement at The University of Warwick. Nominations open from 8 November of a particular year to 31 March of the following year.
Recognizing the power of the written word to promote peace and non-violence, this Prize is the only international literary peace prize awarded in the United States. It was founded in 2006 as an outgrowth of the Dayton Peace Prize, which commemorates the 1995 Dayton Peace Accords ending the war in Bosnia. Each year, it recognizes one author for Lifetime Achievement and adult fiction and nonfiction writers whose works promote the cause of peace. The Prize invites nominations in adult fiction and nonfiction books published within the past year that have led readers to a better understanding of other cultures, peoples, religions, and political points of view. Both awards carry a $10,000 cash prize. Nomination open: January 20; Nomination deadline: March 31.
The Prize will be awarded for works of fiction or non-fiction, irrespective of the language in which it is written. It is open to authors from the world over and is intended to contribute to their international recognition. It is attributed each year to crown a work of world literature. The winner will receive an amount of CHF 50,000, offering the possibility of greater dedication to her or his art. The authors of short-listed works will be invited for a three-month period of residence in the Maison de l’Ecriture in Montricher. Closing date for entries is mostly March 1 of each year.
The biannual $50,000 Literary Prize is sponsored by St. Francis College to offer its support and encouragement to the literary community and mid-career authors who have recently published their 3rd to 5th work of fiction. Prize submissions open: October 25; Deadline for prize submissions: May 1; Shortlist announced: August 15; Winner awarded: Brooklyn Book Festival Gala, September 21.
The prize is open to novels written in any language and by authors of any nationality, provided the work has been published in English or English translation. Books are nominated for the Award by invited public libraries in cities throughout the world -making the Award unique in its coverage of international fiction. Titles are nominated on the basis of ‘high literary merit’ as determined by the nominating library. The Award is given annually. The prize of €100,000 is awarded to the author of the winning book. However, if the winning book is in English translation, €75,000 is awarded to the author and €25,000 to the translator. The year an award is given is post-dated by two years from the date of publication. Thus, to win an award in 2015, the work must have been published in 2013. If it is an English translation, the work must have been published in its original language in the same calendar year.
The Etisalat Prize for Literature is the first ever pan-African prize celebrating first time writers of published fiction books. The Prize aims to serve as a platform for the discovery of new creative talent out of the continent and invariably promote the burgeoning publishing industry in Africa.
The winner of the Etisalat Prize for Literature receives £15,000, a Samsung Galaxy Note and a Montblanc Meisterstuck. In line with our vision of promoting upcoming writers, Etisalat will sponsor a book tour to three African cities.
The Etisalat Prize for Literature is unique in that it also aims to promote the publishing industry at large and will therefore purchase 1000 copies of all shortlisted books which will be donated to various schools, book clubs and libraries across the African continent. Call to Entry: May 12. Entry Deadline: August 8.
The Bessie Head Heritage Trust and Pentagon Publishers announce prizes in literature, three prizes to be awarded each for novel, short story, and children’s story. Residents and citizens of Botswana are invited to submit manuscripts on any topic in one of the above genres. Categories are defined according to standard literary characteristics. Deadline: All entries must be postmarked by 23 August and received no later than 1st September.
The Nigerian Prize for Literature is an annual literary competition to honour the author of the best book of the current year or the previous three years. The prize will rotate amongst four literary genres—prose fiction, poetry, drama & children’s literature. The competition is open only to published works. The competition bestows public recognition and a monetary award of $100, 000 on the winner. Two other writers will also be cited for honorable mention.
In addition to the immediate purpose of rewarding the authors of the best current writing, The Nigerian Prize for Literature has a number of other important goals. It is a means of making known to readers, publishers, booksellers and distributors, literary critics and reviewers, the latest achievements of the best writers in Nigeria. The competition contributes in a practical way to sustaining the tradition of excellence in Nigerian literature, discovering new authors and keeping older ones in focus.
This being an annual competition, the copyright on published works submitted must bear either the current or previous three years’ date. For example, published books competing for prizes in 2004 cannot bear copyrights earlier than 2001.
Writing Residencies and Fellowships
1. Radcliffe Institute Fellowship ($70,000)
Who’s Eligible: Writers, authors, journalists and poets who have shown groundbreaking talent and achievements; and who possess any one of the following: 1) one or more released novels or books; 2) a publishing contract for book-length composition; or 3) at least three shorter writing projects, such as published magazine articles or academic essays. Poetry entrants must have had 20 or more poems (or a compilation of poetry) published by a publisher during the previous 5 years. All entrants must currently be engaged in finishing a “work in progress.” Entry Fee: None. Deadline: October 01
2. Hodder Fellowship ($68,000)
Who’s Eligible: Writers and poets in that central stage in their career “when they have displayed unprecedented talent, but have not yet obtained universal acknowledgment.” Entry Fee: None. Deadline: The application process begin in August
3. Wallace Stegner Fellowship ($26,000 per academic year. The program also pays for each fellow’s tuition and health insurance.)
Who’s Eligible: Anyone may apply, regardless of nationality or age. This is a 2-year program. Entry Fee: $75. Deadline: Check the hyperlink for announcement.
Location: West Cork, Ireland
Event Date: October 11
The Anam Cara Writer’s and Artist’s Retreat offers one-week to one-month residencies year-round to poets, fiction writers, creative nonfiction writers, and other artists in West Cork, Ireland, overlooking Coulagh Bay and the mountains and farmlands of the Beara Peninsula. Residents are provided with a private room and all meals. The weekly residency fee ranges from €600 to €700 (approximately $835 to $974), depending on the room. Submit a one-paragraph project description. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Upon acceptance, a 50 percent deposit is required.
Anam Cara also offers weeklong workshop-based retreats. Writing with Fire, taught by nonfiction writer David Hazard, was held from May 10 to May 16; Transforming Your Memories into Life Stories, taught by novelist Solveig Eggerz, was held from June 7 to June 13; and Place and Time as Subject or Inspiration, taught by poet Bernard O’Donoghue, will be held from October 11 to October 17. The cost of tuition is €1,000 (approximately $1,391), or €900 (approximately $1,252) if booked two months prior to the selected workshop, which includes lodging and meals. Registration is first come, first served.
One award of either a weeklong individual residency or a workshop retreat is offered annually to a fiction writer. Submit a story of up to 500 words by June 16. There is no entry fee. Send an SASE, call, e-mail, or visit the website for more information.
Location: Red Wing, Minnesota
The Anderson Center at Tower View offered two- to four-week residencies from May through October to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers on a 330-acre estate in Red Wing, Minnesota. Residents are provided with lodging, meals, and studio space. Writers submitted five copies of 10 pages of poetry or prose, a résumé, and a project proposal by February 1 for residencies during May, June, and July or by March 1 for residencies during August, September, and October. There was no application fee. Call, e-mail, or visit the website for the required application and complete guidelines.
Location: McKenzie, Oregon
Application Deadline: May 15
The H. J. Andrews Experimental Forest offers one-week residencies to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers in October, November, and December in the Oregon Cascades, 40 miles east of Eugene. The residency is open to writers whose work “reflects a keen awareness of the natural world.” Residents are provided with an apartment, which includes kitchen facilities, access to the forest research site, and a $250 stipend. Submit three copies of up to 10 pages of poetry or 15 pages of prose, a one-page project description, and curriculum vitae by May 15. There is no application fee. Visit the website for an application and complete guidelines.
Location: Marquette, Nebraska
Application Deadline: March 1
Art Farm offers residencies of two weeks to five months from June 1 to November 1 to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers on a working farm in Marquette, Nebraska, approximately 80 miles west of Lincoln. Residents are provided with a private room, work space, and access to an organic vegetable garden. Each resident must contribute at least 12 hours per week to work on the farm. Submit 10 poems, one short story, one novel chapter, or three essays, a curriculum vitae, and three references with a $20 application fee by March 1. E-mail or visit the website for complete guidelines.
Location: Hämeenkyrö, Finland,
Application Deadline: July 18
Arteles offers residences from one to three months from February through September in Hämeenkyrö, Finland, for poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers. Residents will be provided with a private bedroom, workspace, access to a kitchen, car, and creative tools and equipment. Residents can participate in a group show and weekly meetings with other residents. The cost of the residency is €32 (approximately $43) a day. Submit a short description of your artistic background and proposed project by July 18. There is no application fee. Visit the website for the required entry form and complete guidelines.
Location: Riga, Latvia
The Baltic Writing Residency in Latvia offered a monthlong summer residency to a poet or fiction writer at the Hotel Bergs in Riga, Latvia. The resident was provided with lodging and a $1,000 stipend. Using the online submission system, writers submitted up to 10 pages of poetry or 25 pages of fiction, a curriculum vitae including a list of published work, and contact information for two references with a $22 application fee by December 15. E-mail or visit the website for complete guidelines.
10. BAU Institute
Location: Cassis, France
The BAU Institute offered two- to four- week residencies in Cassis, France, from June 16 to July 15 for poets, fiction writers, and nonfiction writers. Residents had access to the Carmago Foundation campus, including a reference library, gardens, and a theater. The Carmago Foundation campus is directly on the Mediterranean Sea and approximately 20 miles from Marseille. Residents were provided with a private apartment with a kitchen, but were responsible for their own meals. Writers enrolled full-time in a degree-granting program were ineligible. Applicants submitted a curriculum vitae, a letter of intent, two professional references, and three excerpts of up to 10 pages each of poetry or prose with a $40 application fee by March 9. Email or visit the website for more information.
Location: Sisters, Oregon
Application Deadline: June 15
Caldera offers two-week and monthlong residencies from January to March to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers. Located on 120 acres in the Central Cascades, 17 miles west of Sisters, Oregon, Caldera provides writers with a private cot-tage with sleeping loft and kitchenette, a separate work space, and one community meal per week. There is no residency fee, but writers are responsible for their own transportation and meals. Participation in a public outreach activity, such as giving a reading or facilitating a workshop, is encouraged of each resident. Using the online submission system, submit 10 poems, a novel chapter, a short story, or an essay of up to 20 pages, a project description, a résumé, and two letters of recommendation with a $35 application fee by June 15. Call, e-mail, or visit the website for an application and complete guidelines.
Location: Marnay-sur-Seine, France
Application Deadline: Rolling Admissions
Camac: The Centre d’Art Marnay Art Cenre offers residencies year-round to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers in Marnay-sur-Seine, France. Residents are provided with lodging and work space. The center also offers two scholarships for two-month retreats, one cosponsored by UNESCO and one sponsored by the Ténot Foundation, to poets, fiction writers, or creative nonfiction writers (the UNESCO bursary is limited to writers under the age of 35). General applications are considered on a rolling basis. There is no application fee. Visit the website for more information.
Location: Corvallis, Oregon
Application Deadline: May 15
The Cabin at Shotpouch Creek offers two-week residencies to pairs of poets, fiction writers, or creative nonfiction writers from August 10 to August 23, and August 25 to September 7, in the Oregon Coast Range. The residency is open to writers who wish to pursue a collaborative project, and whose work takes inspiration from the natural world. Each resident is provided with lodging in a two-bedroom cabin and a $250 stipend. Submit three copies of up to 10 pages of poetry or 15 pages of prose, a one-page project description, and a curriculum vitae by May 15. There is no application fee. Visit the website for an application and complete guidelines.
Location: Hayden, Colorado
Event Date: September 1
Application Deadline: May 15
The Colorado Art Ranch offers a residency at Carpenter Ranch in Routt County, Colorado, from September 1 to September 30 for one poet, fiction writer, or creative nonfiction writer whose work relates to land and water issues. The resident will be provided with housing and work space, but is responsible for their own food, travel, and other expenses. Submit up to 20 pages of poetry or prose with a $50 application fee by May 15. Visit the website for an application and complete guidelines.
Location: Ithaca, New York
The Constance Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts awarded two- and four-week residencies from late April to mid-September to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers at the Constance Saltonstall Arts Colony, located on 200 rural acres seven miles from Ithaca, New York. Applicants who are residents of New York State and at least 21 years old were eligible. Writers are provided with a stipend ($250 for two-week residencies, $500 for four-week residencies), weekday meals, groceries, and a private living space, including a private bath. Writers submitted up to 15 pages of poetry or up to 30 pages of prose, a résumé, a writer’s statement, and contact information for two references with a $25 application fee by January 02. Visit the website for complete guidelines.
Location: Denali National Park, Alaska
Application Deadline: September 30
Denali National Park and Preserve in central Alaska offers ten-day residencies from late February through March and from June through mid-September to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers. Spring residents will stay in a rustic cabin located 43 miles into the park; winter residents will stay in a historic ranger patrol cabin located 23 miles into the park or at the park headquarters, depending on conditions. Residents are expected to donate a piece of work that is about the park or drawn from the writer’s experiences there, and to lead at least one public outreach activity in the park, such as a workshop or reading. Residents are responsible for their own transportation and meals. Using the online submission system, submit one page of poetry or prose, a résumé, and a writers statement by September 30. There is no application fee. Visit the website for an application and complete guidelines.
Location: Lisbon, Portugal
Application Deadline: Rolling Admissions
The fourth annual Disquiet: The International Literary Program, sponsored by Dzanc Books, was held from June 29 through July 11 in Lisbon, Portugal. The conference offered workshops in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction, as well as lectures, craft talks, and literary walks. The faculty included poets Sally Ashton, Erica Dawson, David Lehman and Terri Witek; fiction writers Alissa Nutting, Padgett Powell, Miriam Toews, and Katherine Vaz; and nonfiction writer Josip Novakovich. The 2014 guest writer was fiction writer Denis Johnson. Tuition was $1,950; lodging and meals were not included. The Dzanc Books International Literature Award, valued at $5,000, included full tuition, airfare, and lodging, and was given to one writer in any genre. The top finalist in each genre was also published. The poetry finalist was published in the Collagist, the fiction finalist in Guernica, and the nonfiction finalist in Ninthletter.com. Applicants submitted up to 10 pages of poetry or 20 pages of prose with a $15 entry fee by February 15. Four full scholarships were also available for North American writers of Luso descent. Applicants submitted up to 10 pages of poetry or prose and a personal statement by February 15. There was no application fee. For general conference applications, applicants submitted up to 10 pages of poetry or prose and a refundable $150 tuition deposit. Financial aid was available. Admission was made on a rolling basis. E-mail or visit the website for more information.
Location: Woodside, California
Application Deadline: March 15
The Djerassi Resident Artists Program offers monthlong residencies from mid-March through mid-November to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers on a 580-acre ranch located approximately 40 miles south of San Francisco. Residents are provided with lodging, meals, and studio space. For residencies in 2015, using the online submission system submit 10 poems or up to 30 pages of prose with a $45 application fee by March 15. Visit the website for an application and complete guidelines.
19. Doe Branch Ink
Location: Marshall, North Carolina
Application Deadline: Rolling Admissions
Doe Branch Ink offers residencies from July through September and November through May to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers on 50-acres in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Marshall, North Carolina. Residents are provided with lodging, but are responsible for their own transportation and meals. Room rates at the Vermillion Guest House range from $400 to $600 depending on accommodations, or $1,000 per week ($2,500 per month) for use of the entire house. Rates are reduced from January through March. Applications are first come, first served. Call, e-mail, or visit the website for more information.
Location: Temecula, California
Application Deadline: Rolling Admissions
The Dorland Mountain Arts Colony offers residencies of up to 12 weeks year-round to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers in the secluded hills overlooking the Temecula Valley in southern California. Residents are provided with lodging and work space in one of two private cabins, each of which have a full kitchen, a bedroom, a bath, and a porch that overlooks the mountains. The cost of the residency is $300 per week or $1,000 per month; residents are responsible for their own food and travel expenses. Submit up to 10 pages of poetry or 20 pages of prose, a project description, a curriculum vitae, and two letters of reference with a $30 application fee. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, but must be postmarked at least 30 days prior to the requested residency start date. Visit the website for an application and complete guidelines.
Location: Birchwood, Wisconsin
Elephant Rock Summer Solstice Retreat for Writing and Yoga offered five-day residencies from June 16 to June 21 to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers at Stout’s Island Lodge on Red Cedar Lake in Birchwood, Wisconsin. The residency offered workshops in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction, as well as daily yoga and meditation sessions, readings, nature walks, and nightly bonfires. The faculty included fiction and creative nonfiction writer Jeannine Ouellette. Tuition was $1,495 per person for a double room, and $1,695 for a single room, which included breakfast, lunch, and one dinner. Residents were responsible for additional food, travel, and incidental expenses. Tuition was due by March 15. Call, e-mail, or visit the website for an application and complete guidelines.
Location: Ménerbes, France
Application Deadline: October 15
The Museum of Fine Arts in Houston offers residencies of one to three months from March 1 through June 30 to midcareer poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers at the Dora Maar House in Ménerbes, France. Residents are provided with travel expenses, lodging, work space, a stipend of $50 a day, and must participate in one community event during the residency. Using the online application system, submit two work samples of up to 20 pages each, a curriculum vitae, a project description, a proposal for a community event, and two letters of recommendation (sent directly to the program by the references) with a $10 application fee by October 15. Visit the website for an application and complete guidelines.
Location: Paonia, Colorado
Application Deadline: Rolling Admissions
Elsewhere Studios offers residencies of one to six months year-round in Paonia, Colorado, approximately 230 miles southwest of Denver. Residents are provided with partially subsidized housing and work space. The residency fee ranges from $450 to $600 depending on accommodations. Submit a work sample and a writer’s statement. Applications are considered on a rolling basis. Call, e-mail, or visit the website for an application and complete guidelines.
Location: New York, New York
Poets House offered 10 fellowships from March to June 2014 to poets living in New York City. The fellowship program included weekly workshops, mentoring sessions, and free access to guest speaker appearances and other events at Poets House, located in lower Manhattan’s Battery Park City neighborhood. Fellows participated in one public reading. Writers enrolled in a degree-granting program were not eligible. Stipends for childcare and transportation were available. Writers submitted 10 pages of poetry, a résumé, a personal statement, a statement of need, and contact information for two references by December 1. There was no application fee. Visit the website for complete guidelines.
Location: Missoula, Montana
The 21st annual Environmental Writing Institute was held from October 3 to October 7, 2012, at the University of Montana in Missoula. The 2012 program, limited to 15 participants, featured a workshop and individual conferences with creative nonfiction writer Richard Manning, as well as time to write. Tuition was $550, which did not include lodging and meals. Call, e-mail, or visit the website for more information about the forthcoming conference.
Location: Rabun Gap, Georgia
Application Deadline: September 15
Financial Aid Deadline: September 15
Hambidge offers residencies of two weeks to two months to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers on 600 wooded acres in the Blue Ridge Mountains of northern Georgia. The residency includes private cottages with a bedroom, studio space, kitchen, and bathroom. The cost of the residency is $200 per week, which includes some meals. Limited scholarships are available. For residencies from mid-February through April, using the online submission system submit five to eight poems or up to 30 pages of prose, a 300-word biography, a one-page project description, and a résumé with a $30 application fee by September 15. Visit the website for complete guidelines.
Location: Sausalito, California
Application Deadline: June 6
Headlands Center for the Arts offers residencies of 4 to 10 weeks from March to November to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers in the coastal wilderness of the Marin Headlands outside San Francisco. Residents are provided with a $500 monthly stipend, lodging, work space, and five meals a week. Students enrolled in a degree-granting program are ineligible. For residencies in 2015, submit a writing sample of up to 20 pages of poetry or 30 pages of prose, a letter of interest, a résumé, and a list of three references with a $35 application fee by June 6. Visit the website for an application and complete guidelines.
Location: Whidbey Island, Washington
Event Date: October 27
Application Deadline: Rolling Admissions
Hedgebrook offers the Master Class Retreat Series of weeklong sessions, limited to six to eight women writers each, on Whidbey Island, about 35 miles northwest of Seattle. The program includes workshops in fiction and creative nonfiction, one-on-one meetings with master instructors, and time to write. The October 27 to November 3 retreat for creative nonfiction writers will be led by Hope Edelman. The November 5 to November 12 retreat for fiction and creative nonfiction writers will be led by Dara Marks and Deb Norton. The November 16 to November 23 retreat for fiction and creative nonfiction writers will be led by Ruth Ozeki. The cost of each retreat is $2,400, which includes lodging in a private cottage and all meals. Using the online submission system, submit up to 10 pages of poetry or prose, a curriculum vitae, a personal statement, and contact information for two references. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. There is no application fee. Visit the website for an application and complete guidelines.
Location: East Jordan, Michigan
Application Deadline: October 1
The Institute for Sustainable Living, Art & Natural Design (ISLAND) offers residencies year-round from two to four weeks to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers at the Hill House near the Mackinaw State Forest in East Jordan, Michigan. Residents will be provided with a semi-secluded log cabin with two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a back porch, workspace, and food supplies. For residencies from December to May, submit a 10 to 20 page writing sample, an artist statement, and three references with a $25 application fee by October 1; the application deadline for residences from June to November is April 1. Visit the website for an application and complete guidelines.
Location: Chicago, Illinois
The House of Two Urns Bed and Breakfast offered weeklong residencies from January 9 to January 15 and January 30 to February 5 to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers at an inn in the Wicker Park neighborhood of Chicago. Residents received a private room, breakfast and lunch, and a seven-day public transit pass. The residency fee was $750, or $450 with a fellowship. To apply for a fellowship, writers submitted a writing sample and a one-page personal statement by December 10. Visit the website for an application and complete guidelines.
Location: Spartanburg, South Carolina
Application Deadline: April 1
The Hub City Writers Project offers one summer residency at the Writers House in Spartanburg, South Carolina, from June 9 to August 16 to an emerging writer who has completed an MFA or PhD in creative writing within five years. The resident is provided lodging and a work studio in a historic downtown cottage and a $400 monthly stipend in exchange for 10 hours of community service with Hub City Press or Hub City Bookshop. Transportation and meals are not included. Submit a writing sample of 10 poems or a novel chapter, a short story, or an essay of up to 20 pages; a one-page project description, a résumé, two letters of recommendation, and a $35 application fee by April 1. Visit the website for complete guidelines.
Location: East Haddam, Connecticut
I-Park offered residencies of four weeks to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers from May to mid-November on 450 acres of woodlands and wetlands in East Haddam, Connecticut. Residents were provided a private room, work space, and meals. Writers submitted a work sample and a project description with a $30 application fee by February 18. Visit the website for the required application and complete guidelines.
Location: Interlochen, Michigan
Application Deadline: Rolling Admissions
The 2013 Interlochen Writer’s Retreat was held from June 17 to June 20 on the campus of Interlochen Center for the Arts in Interlochen, Michigan, 15 miles southwest of Traverse City. The conference featured workshops in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction, as well as craft talks, readings, and time to write. The faculty included poet James Arthur, fiction writer Patricia Ann McNair, and creative nonfiction writers Ann-Marie Oomen and Katey Schultz. The cost of the conference was $475. Lodging and meals were not included, but conference rates were available at Stone Center Hotel, Interlochen Center’s on-campus hotel. Registration was first come, first served. Call, e-mail, or visit the website for more information.
Location: Stonington, Connecticut
The James Merrill Writer-in-Residence Program offers one eighteen-week residency and three residencies of two to six weeks to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers at the former home of James Merrill in Stonington, Connecticut. The eighteen-week residency, which runs from mid-January through May, includes a $5,000 stipend; the shorter residencies include stipends of lesser amounts. Residents are provided with a private apartment and day access to adjacent studio space, and are required to give one public reading and make an additional contribution to the community. The deadline for 2013 residencies has passed; visit the website for information on 2014 residencies.
Initiated in 1998, Stadler Fellowships offer a recent MFA (or creative writing MA) graduate in poetry the opportunity to receive professional training in arts administration and literary editing. Stadler Fellowships are designed to balance the development of professional skills with time to complete a first book of poems. Stadler Fellows assist for twenty hours each week in the administration of the Stadler Center for Poetry and/or in the editing of West Branch, Bucknell’s nationally distinguished literary journal. Fellows also work as staff members and instructors in the Bucknell Seminar for Younger Poets in June. The Fellowship stipend is $20,000. In addition, each Fellow is provided health insurance, office space in the Stadler Center, and housing. Depending on circumstances, Fellows are either housed in a furnished apartment or provided with a stipend to seek housing on their own in Lewisburg. Application Deadline: October 01
The purpose of the George Bennett Fellowship is to provide time and freedom from material considerations to a person seriously contemplating or pursuing a career as a writer. It provides for one academic year a stipend (at present $13,650.00), as well as housing and meals for this person and family, at Academy expense. As Writer-in-Residence the person shall live in Exeter and, in return for stipend and housing, shall (besides carrying out his or her own literary projects) make his or her self and talents available in an informal and unofficial way to students interested in writing and, more specifically, to students in English classes and to members of student literary organizations. The Fellowship shall be held for the academic year. Between September and June, the Writer shall be in residence whenever the Academy is in session.
The Fine Arts Work Center offers a unique residency for writers and visual artists in the crucial early stages of their careers. Located in Provincetown, Massachusetts, an area with a long history as an arts colony, the Work Center provides seven-month Fellowships to twenty Fellows each year in the form of living/work space and a modest monthly stipend. Residencies run from October 1 through May 1. Fellows have the opportunity to pursue their work independently in a diverse and supportive community of peers. A historic fishing port, Provincetown is situated at the tip of Cape Cod in an area of spectacular natural beauty, surrounded by miles of dunes and National Seashore beaches.
Each year, the deadline for the Writing Fellowship applications is December 1, and the deadline for The Visual Arts Fellowship applications is February 1.
The Baltic Writing Residency was founded in 2008. Each year, one poet, playwright, or writer of fiction is offered a month-long residency at the Hotel Bergs, a beautiful boutique hotel in Riga. The selected writer also receives $1000 toward travel and living expenses. Applications close on the 15th of December each year, and both established and emerging writers are encouraged to apply.
The Centre d’Art Marnay Art Centre offers residencies year-round to writers and other artists in the Champagne-Ardenne region of northern France. The program aims to support residents in their ‘creative explorations, investigations, and professional growth, within an environment of communication and exchange.’ Residents are housed in seven recently renovated studios. The centre offers two scholarships for two-month retreats, one is co-sponsored by UNESCO and the other sponsored by the Ténot Foundation. General applications are considered on a rolling basis.
Announced just last week, The Paris Review Writer-In-Residence Program is offered in partnership with The Standard Hotel, East Village. The residency offers one writer three weeks’ accommodation at the hotel to work on a book which must already be under contract. Applications will be judged by the editors of The Paris Review and Standard Culture. The residency is open to writers of prose or poetry, fiction or non-fiction. Applications close 1 November.
The M Literary Residency program, sponsored by the M Restaurant Group, offers a three-month-long residency in bustling Shanghai to a poet, a fiction writer, or a creative non-fiction writer. The resident receives transportation, housing, food, and a $1000 stipend, and is required to participate in two events in the community.
The 360 Xochi Quetzal Artist and Residency Program is located in Chapala, where the perfect year-round climate and stunning lake and mountain views have long established the region as an international artist mecca. There are two residencies each year; the winter residency runs from 20 December to 17 January and the Fall residency runs from 1 to 31 May (flexible). One writer will be selected for each residency which includes accommodation, wi-fi, a weekly maid service and a food stipend of $1,000 pesos. While the residency is free there is a $36 application fee.
The Kerouac Project provides four residencies a year to writers living anywhere in the world. Each residency consists of approximately a three-month stay in the cottage where Jack Kerouac wrote his novel Dharma Bums. Utilities and a food stipend of $800 are included. The Project also offers opportunities for residents to participate in readings, workshops and to interact with the central Florida writing community. Applications for the 2014-2015 residencies close on 31 March 2014 and results will be announced in May.
The Gullkistan Residency was founded in spring 2009 and now runs all year round. It is located on an idyllic farm and accommodates between 3 and 6 people at a time. The farm is located 10 minutes walk from the village of Laugarvatn. In addition to artists residencies, Gullkistan also hosts seminars, arts courses, exhibitions and open studios. Gullkistan is very family friendly and applications are accepted year round. Fees are applicable.
45. Sangam House
Sangam House is an international writers’ residency program which brings together writers from across the world to live and work among their peers in a safe, supportive and nurturing space. It is currently located at Nrityagram, 40 kilometres outside the South Indian city of Bangalore. Applications for the 2014/2015 season will open in March 2014. A number of fellowships are on offer including The Nevatia Fellowship which supports non-fiction writing in English, especially in the areas of social and cultural change, and The Dhvani Fellowship which supports the work of translators working in and out of Indian languages.
Mid-career poets, fiction writers and creative non-fiction writers are invited to apply for residencies of one to three months. Successful applicants receive travel expenses, lodging, workspace, and a $50/day stipend. In return, residents are obliged to participate in one community event.
There are two application cycles per year and decisions are made within six weeks of the deadline. This year, you can still submit an application by October 15 for fellowships beginning February 1 or after, and ending no later than June 30. To apply, you’ll need two work samples (max. 20 pages each), a CV, project description, proposal for community event, and two letters of recommendation.
Founded in 2000, the Instituto Sacatar is a non-profit corporation that runs artist residency programs on Itaparica Island across the bay from Salvador, Bahia. Residencies are held at a secluded seaside estate with a large courtyard enveloped by coconut palms and pitanga berry bushes.
Sacatar Fellowships offer reimbursement for roundtrip airfare, a private bedroom with bathroom, a separate studio, and all meals (except Saturday nights, Sundays, and holidays). Additional expenses, such as transportation in and around the island, are to be covered by the resident.
Applications are for eight-week residencies, during which artists can work independently or with local and/or regional organizations. There is a $35 fee to apply. You’ll need to submit the application form, a resume, work samples, two letters of recommendation and a description of your project, your reasons for coming to Bahia and your work needs.
In addition to composers, visual and performing artists, the Polli Talu Arts Center accepts applications from writers. Polli Talu means “Polly’s Farm,” and the residency is a traditional Estonian farm complex. Located near the Baltic Sea, it includes five log buildings with thatched roofs made from locally harvested reeds.
The writer’s studio is situated in a new thatched log building with a fireplace. If necessary, the artist is responsible for stocking the latter with wood for heating. Toilet, shower, and sauna are shared with other participants, but the writer has his/her own worktable, two chairs, lights, CD player and radio. €35 per day/person covers studio, housing and meals, primarily vegetarian using vegetables from Polli Talu’s organic garden.
In short, an application involves an informal cover letter, resume, and one to three work samples (max. three pages). You may submit one optional page of relevant information.
ArtsEdge is a collaborative residency project designed to encourage the careers of emergent writers. ArtsEdge aims to support the work of emerging writers, to foster an environment that will inspire innovative writing, and to enrich West Philadelphia by inviting young writers here.
Residencies last for one week, and include housing and close affiliation with Penn’s writing communities. During the course of their residencies, writers will be invited to participate in readings, lectures, discussion groups, and more.
The Anderson Center provides retreats of two to four weeks duration from May through October each year to enable artists, writers, and scholars of exceptional promise and demonstrated accomplishment to create, advance, or complete works-in-progress. A rotating Peer Review Panel comprised of professional artists, writers, and scholars annually screens and selects all applicants. Application Deadline: February 01
The Scholarships were open to anyone who had been born in Africa or both of whose parents were born in Africa. The Scholars will receive a grant of £18,000, paid monthly over the course of one year. In return for this it is expected that the Scholars will pay to the MMF 20% of whatever they subsequently receive from what they write during the year of their Scholarship. These funds will be used to support other promising writers. o qualify for the Scholarship a candidate must submit a piece of published work, or an excerpt from a piece of published work (written in English), of between two and five thousand words to be evaluated by a panel of readers and judges set up by the MMF. The work submitted will be judged purely on literary merit. The closing date for submissions for the 2014 Writing Scholarships is October 31st 2014. The Scholarships will be announced in December 2014 and will run for the whole of calendar 2015. The Trustees reserve the right to vary the terms and requirements of the Scholarships at their discretion.