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 your manuscript and a 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 are reviewed on a rolling basis. It is strongly recommended that applications be submitted at least ten weeks before the requested residency start date. Applicants will be notified within six weeks of their submission date. Contact Gary Clark at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions regarding all aspects of the application, including scheduling, financial aid, and the residency itself.
Upload a manuscript 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.
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
Prospect Street offers single-week and two-week residencies, both available through slideroom.com. Select three preferred start dates in order of preference. A residency can also be divided, i.e. one week in spring and one week in fall.
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.
FEES and CALENDAR
The full two-week residency fee is $2,250 ($175/night); if requested, acceptance includes a grant of one thousand dollars, reducing the effective cost to $1,250 ($95/night). The full one-week residency fee is $1,300; acceptance can include a grant of $500, reducing the effective cost to $800. 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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