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
Fill out the appropriate application form on slideroom.com and upload a manuscript and a brief letter of interest, i.e., what you’re working on; why a residency; why Prospect Street, along with a nonrefundable application fee of $30. There are no deadlines; applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. We recommend applications be submitted at least ten weeks before the requested start date. Applicants will be notified within six weeks of their submission date. Contact Gary Clark firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions, including scheduling, financial aid, and the residency itself.
We request a manuscript so we can get to know you and your writing a little better. Upload your manuscript as a PDF set in a common font, such as 12-point Times New Roman. Prose and 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 should not appear anywhere on the manuscript.
A panel of peers reviews each manuscript, not to make an acceptance judgment but to familiarize the Director with your work.
Length of Stay
Prospect Street offers single-week, two-week, and ten-day residencies during seven months of the year. In order of preference, select two start dates.
During February, March, April, and August the Writers House is available for customizable residencies, e.g., retreats, group meetings, workshops, or reunions. You and two or three friends can book a suite for three to five nights at the nightly rate. To book a retreat, a group leader should first reach out to us at email@example.com to confirm the dates. Each group member would then submit an individual application, including the names of the others in the group.
FEES and CALENDAR
The two-week residency fee is $2,250; if requested, acceptance includes a grant of up to $500. The one-week residency fee is $1,300; if requested, acceptance includes a grant of up to $250. Writers in a position to contribute the full cost of a residency are encouraged to do so and thanked in advance. They will be supporting Prospect Street’s commitment to communities that have historically had less access to writing retreats and spaces.
PSWH is committed to making the residency financially accessible. If assistance in addition to the acceptance grants is needed, a request for supplemental financial aid may be submitted. Assistance is also available to BIPOC writers through a dedicated fund. We do not assume all BIPOC writers want or need financial support, but for those who do, this assistance is there. Follow the “Supplemental Financial Aid” 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.
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