Application Process

Prospect Street Writers House welcomes applications from writers of all genres, backgrounds, identities, aesthetic perspectives, and at all stages of their careers.

The Process Itself

To apply – Fill out the application form, attach the appropriate manuscript and one-page letter of intent (What you’re working on: Why a residency: Why Prospect Street), along with a nonrefundable application fee of $30.  There are no deadlines; applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. However, it is strongly recommended that applications be submitted at least ten weeks before the requested residency start date. All applicants will be notified within six weeks of their submission.


Submit manuscripts as a PDF set in a common font, such as 12-point Times New Roman. Prose & play/screen writers – 15 pages (double spaced); poets – 9-12 pages as one PDF with one poem per page (single spaced); translators – submit the original text and its English translation, but do not exceed 15 pages. Your name must not appear anywhere on the manuscript. Any questions,  contact the Residency Director.

Selection Panel

A panel of peers will review each manuscript blindly for both artistic merit and promise, then make recommendations to the Executive Director.

Length of Stay

PSWH residencies range from two to twelve weeks. Select three preferred residency start dates in order of preference and length of stay. A residency can be broken, i.e., two weeks in the spring and two weeks in the fall. Also, a limited number of shorter and longer stays may be possible; contact the Residency Director.


Prospect Street is organized into three suites of four bedrooms; each suite includes a private sitting/conference room and a kitchenette. Suites are ideal for collaboration and community. To book a suite, each group member must submit an individual application, including the names of the others in the group. Every effort will be made to accommodate you together.


Residency Fees

The true cost of two-week residency at Prospect Street is $2,250 ($175/night). Acceptance comes with a grant of one thousand dollars, reducing the effective cost to you to $1,250 ($95/night). Writers in a position to contribute toward the full cost of a residency are encouraged to do so and thanked in advance.

Financial Aid

PSWH is committed to making the residency financially accessible. If more assistance is needed, a request for financial aid may be submitted. Follow the instructions on the application.


A deposit of $250 is due upon acceptance; this deposit is nonrefundable but can be applied to a rescheduled PSWH residency within one year of the original start date. The fee balance must be received four weeks prior to the residency start date.

2022 PSWH Residency Schedule


Saturday Arrival Friday Departure
June 4 to June 17
June 25 to July 8
July 9 to July 22
July 23 to August 5
August 6 to August 19
August 20 to September 2
September 3 to September 16 summer break
September 17 to September 30
October 1 to October 14
October 15 to October 28
October 29 to November 11
November 12 to November 25 (Thanksgiving 11/24)
November 26 to

January 6 Holiday break