On the Radar

Writers, here are a few things that are on my radar for the next month. This is by no means comprehensive. It’s very much a narrow, biased list of what I’m personally interested in, but I thought I’d share.


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The MacDowell Colony: “The mission of The MacDowell Colony is to nurture the arts by offering creative individuals of the highest talent an inspiring environment in which they can produce enduring works of the imagination.” Application deadline: September 15.

Ucross Foundation: “The Ucross Foundation provides living accommodations, individual work space, and uninterrupted time to approximately 85 individuals each year.” Application deadline: October 1.

Millay Colony: “Each year Millay Colony invites 52 visual artists, writers and composers for a colony residency.” Application deadline: October 1.

The Dora Maar House: “Located in the village of Ménerbes, in one of the most beautiful regions of Southern France, this 18th-century town house was purchased in 1944 by Pablo Picasso for Dora Maar, the artist and Surrealist photographer who was his companion and muse in the late 1930s and early 1940s. Maar (1907–1997) owned the house until her death, after which a resident of both Houston and Ménerbes bought and renovated the house to transform it into a retreat for writers, scholars, and artists.” Application deadline: October 15.

Writers Omi at Ledig House: “Guests may select a residency of one week to two months; about ten at a time gather to live and work in a rural setting overlooking the Catskill Mountains. Ledig House provides all meals, and each night a local chef prepares dinner. Daytime is reserved for writing and quiet activities, while evenings are more communal. A program of weekly visits bring guests from the New York publishing community. Noted editors, agents and book scouts are invited to share dinner and conversation on both creative and practical subjects, offering insight into the workings of the publishing industry, and introductions to some of its key professionals.” Application deadline: October 20.


Stegner Fellowship: “Unique among writing programs, Stanford offers ten two-year fellowships each year, five in fiction and five in poetry. All the fellows in each genre convene weekly in a 3-hour workshop with faculty. Fellows are regarded as working artists, intent upon practicing and perfecting their craft. The only requirements are workshop attendance and writing.” Application period: September 1 – December 1

Buzzfeed Emerging Writers Fellowship: “With the mission of diversifying the broader media landscape by investing in the next generation of necessary voices, BuzzFeed’s Emerging Writers Fellowship is designed to give writers of great promise the support, mentorship, and experience necessary to take a transformative step forward in their careers.” Application deadline: October 1.


Thomas Morton Memorial Prize: “The Thomas Morton Memorial Prize in Literary Excellence is awarded to the single best submission in the respective categories of poetry and fiction.” Submission deadline: September 30.

The Missouri Review 25th Annual Jeffrey E. Smith Editors Prize in Fiction, Essay and Poetry: “Select winning entries in the past have been reprinted in the Best American series.” Submission deadline: October 1.


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