We offer
  • manuscript consultations for poetry, literary and genre fiction, and YA
  • online and in-person workshops
  • a chapbook contest
  • a fellowship for writers with a Kentucky connection
  • the Stormé DeLarverie residency in Louisville, KY or Boone, NC for under-represented writers
  • a residency in Scotland
  • a residency in Sweden
  • a residency at Blackacre Nature Preserve in Louisville, KY

    We are always accepting applications for all of our offerings. That is to say that the minute a deadline (for example, August 25th, 11:59 PM west coast time) has passed we start accepting (on August 26th) submissions for the following deadline.

Guidelines:

  • Up to three poems / pdf or doc / 12 pt font / any length / any style by June 1st.
  • Winner receives $1,000 and publication in Action, Spectacle.
  • Your name or other identifying information should not appear anywhere on your submitted work.
  • Poems must be previously unpublished.
  • Simultaneous submissions are accepted, as long as you notify us immediately of a poem’s acceptance elsewhere. Reading fees ($20 paid through Submittable) will not be refunded for withdrawn entries.
  • All poems will be considered for general publication, unless the entrant requests otherwise.

6 Week Online One-on-One Poetry Workshop

Because these are one-on-one workshops, the start date, and schedule are based on student-needs. 

Whether you need motivation to write, want to polish your writing before an agent sees it, receive one-on-one feedback on your first draft, or get guidance on furthering your writing career the Baltic’s consultants are here to provide support and structure for personal and writerly growth.

Wherever you are, our online courses bring the classroom experience to you. As an online student, you're offered dynamic lessons, compelling assignments, readings, and more. Workshops are tailored to the needs of the online student: flexibility in scheduling, ease of interaction with instructors, and meaningful and timely feedback on manuscripts.

Once you have signed up for a class, you'll receive a welcome email from the instructor with any final directions you might need before the class begins. Students in our online workshops need not have any experience taking remote classes, though some familiarity with the internet will make for a smoother experience. To minimize technical problems, students should have access to a reliable internet connection, and an up-to-date browser.

Regular mentoring sessions are arranged to fit your personal schedule and are conducted face-to-face or via email, phone or Skype. 

Adam Day is the author of A Model of City in Civil War (Sarabande Books), and is the recipient of a PSA Chapbook Fellowship for Badger, Apocrypha, and of a PEN Emerging Writers Award. His poems have appeared in Boston Review, The Kenyon Review, American Poetry Review, The Iowa Review, Poetry London, and elsewhere. He founded and directs The Baltic Writing Residency in Sweden, Scotland, and Blackacre Nature Preserve.

Our goal is to offer support, motivation and inspiration while deepening your sense of a writing community, whether you write poetry, memoir, essay, or fiction, whether you are just coming to writing or you have projects underway. If your goal is to write engaging poems and prose, and perhaps that those writings might find readers in journals and books, then an academic degree isn’t necessary. Writing is a craft rather than a science. Practice and apprenticeship make it flourish.

Accomplished writers and teachers will provide guided exercises and prompts, expert instruction, help in developing your individual works and projects, help you stay on track, and aid you in answering questions about your writing and the publishing. During our hours together there will be productive accidents, discoveries, surprises.

These workshops and consultations are affordable offer up the skills, guidance, attention and professional nurturing that will help you expand your own writing skills and interests, deepen your knowledge of the publishing process, refine your already existing drafts and manuscripts, and help you get those poems and prose out into the world where they can be experienced by an audience of readers.

We will do this by way of unique writing and revision exercises, encountering writing in translation, cross-genre experimentation, discussions of journal and book publication, obtaining an agent, crafting cover letters and query letters, reading works by an array of writers in a variety of styles, and more. .All levels and stylistic interests are welcome: young and old, narrative and conceptual, beginners and experienced writers.

We will enrich our craft by reading and examining the techniques and content of both conventional and innovative published writers. Unique to the Baltic Writing Community, there will be some shared texts, but you will also be assigned some texts specific to your needs and interests. These readings will aid in perfecting voice and tone, dialogue, exposition, imagery, flow and pace, narration, character development, plot, narrative and setting, and more.

Our teachers have decades of collective teaching experience in some of the most highly regarded writing programs, publish with some of the most prestigious presses and literary journals, and have won countless fellowships, grants and residencies. Most importantly, they are fantastic at providing encouragement, a safe environment, and supportive suggestions for writerly change.

*Full refunds available up until 14 days before the start date of the workshop; after that, your registration may be used for a seat in a future workshop or you may always transfer your seat to a friend..

Question? Contact the Baltic at balticresidency@gmail.com

Express Edit: Poetry Manuscript Consultation

Our consultants offer rigorous, energizing feedback, including:

  • An intensive reading of your manuscript by an experienced, highly-qualified reader.
  • Thoughtful written comments, with suggestions for revision and next steps ahead.
  • Depending on what you and your consultant of choice prefer, a meeting in person or via phone or Skype to discuss next steps.

Express Edit = $750 (10 hours) - $1,150 (15 hours) This is a less intensive version of the comprehensive edit, which can range from a focus on content inclusion and ordering, or line editing, or a combination, where we discuss overall weaknesses and strengths, and offer specific line edits for a number of example pages, allowing you to revise the manuscript with those suggestions in mind. We will also offer ordering suggestions which will be more general or more specific, depending on which price/hourly commitment you choose, and suggest what, if any, content should be cut or if some might be added. We will also give advice on whether or not we think the manuscript will be ready to submit for publication after revision, and if so, my suggested potential venues for publication

The 10 to 15-hour options include a free 30-minute telephone consultation upon my receipt of the balance owed, wherein we can discuss your manuscript, revision challenges, culled content, writing going forward, manuscript submission strategy or other publishing concerns that you wish to discuss.

Please note that all manuscripts submitted to consultants must be 12pt. font.

You will pay a non-refundable deposit now of $250, and pay the remainder to the Baltic by PayPal or by check once we have received your manuscript and give you an estimate of the total cost.

This edit does not guarantee publication, but depending on what stage you are in in your work as a writer, how willing and able a reviser you are, and what your publishing goals are, it should bring you closer, possibly much closer. It will also assist your writing going forward.

Questions? Contact the Baltic at balticresidency@gmail.com

Adam Day is the author of A Model of City in Civil War (Sarabande Books), and is the recipient of a PSA Chapbook Fellowship for Badger, Apocrypha, and of a PEN Emerging Writers Award. His poems have appeared in Boston Review, The Kenyon Review, American Poetry Review, The Iowa Review, Poetry London, and elsewhere. He founded and directs The Baltic Writing Residency in Sweden, Scotland, and Blackacre Nature Preserve.

Comprehensive Edit: Poetry Manuscript Consultation

Our consultants offer rigorous, energizing feedback, including:

  • An intensive reading of your manuscript by an experienced, highly-qualified reader.
  • Thoughtful written comments, with suggestions for revision and next steps ahead.
  • Depending on what you and your consultant of choice prefer, a meeting in person or via phone or Skype to discuss next steps.

Comprehensive Edit = $1,700 (20 hours) - $2,700 (32 hours) It includes detailed line editing (basically, we note everything we see that could be polished or improved, line by line), inclusion, ordering, title brainstorming, and discussion of overall strengths and weaknesses, and whether or not we think the manuscript will be ready to submit for publication after revision, and if so, our suggested potential venues for publication. This option includes a free 60-90 minute telephone consultation upon our receipt of the balance owed, wherein we can discuss your manuscript, revision challenges, culled content, writing going forward, manuscript submission strategy or other publishing concerns that you wish to discuss, including how to partner with your future publisher for an optimal experience.

We estimate that a 50 to 70-page manuscript (including front and back matter) should take between 20 and 32 hours ($1,700 - $2,700). The range is wide because the hours required vary greatly, depending on the page count, how much work needs to be done, the accessibility of the style, and on how dense the writing is on the page, &c. 

Please note that all manuscripts submitted to consultants must be 12pt. font.

You will pay a non-refundable deposit now of $500, and pay the remainder to the Baltic by PayPal or by check once we have received your manuscript and give you an estimate of the total cost. 

This edit does not guarantee publication, but depending on what stage you are in in your work as a writer, how willing and able a reviser you are, and what your publishing goals are, it should bring you closer, possibly much closer. It will also assist your writing going forward.

Questions? Contact the Baltic at balticresidency@gmail.com

Adam Day is the author of A Model of City in Civil War (Sarabande Books), and is the recipient of a PSA Chapbook Fellowship for Badger, Apocrypha, and of a PEN Emerging Writers Award. His poems have appeared in Boston Review, The Kenyon Review, American Poetry Review, The Iowa Review, Poetry London, and elsewhere. He founded and directs The Baltic Writing Residency in Sweden, Scotland, and Blackacre Nature Preserve.


EXTENDED DEADLINE - August 31st

The Baltic Writing Residency is extremely excited to announce the establishment of the Stormé DeLarverie writing residency, specifically aimed at under-represented writers.


The residency will offer 6-7 days in a Victorian apartment in historic Old Louisville, or off of the Blue Ridge Parkway in idyllic Boone, NC (1.5 hrs from Asheville; 1 hr from Winston-Salem). The date of the residency will be decided through discussion with the winning writer, as will the choice of KY or NC.

Each year one writer will be chosen. Applications are accepted by any author of poetry, plays, screenplays, fiction or creative nonfiction writing in English, regardless of their home nation (translations are admissible).

Comfortable accommodations at include Wi-Fi, furnished living room, bedroom, kitchen, central air and heat, &c.

An honorarium of $500 will accompany the residency. The writer will need to provide their own transportation.

Applications are read by an anonymous committee of judges composed of one member of the English Department of Harvard University, one poet of recognized standing, and one fiction writer of recognized standing.

SUBMISSION PROCESS

The application fee is $15.00, and applicants should identify as member of an underrepresented group (writers of color, both American and international, including Native peoples, as well as, disabled people, and those who identify as LGBTQ+).

For the Writer in Residence all of the below should be included in a Single WORD or PDF document submitted through Submittable. We accept apps and read year-round.,

Please include a unique name for your submission (i.e. something other than " Stormé DeLarverie Residency," or "Baltic Application," etc.). 

 * Writer’s bio

      * 10 pages of poetry or 20 pages of prose
     * A general CV, an abbreviated list of book and/or journal publications, and your full contact information, and contact Information for two references.

Former students, as well as, friends and family of the staff of the Baltic Writing Residency are ineligible to apply. Do not include any additional material (cover letter, reference letters, books, etc.). You can email balticresidency@gmail.com with any questions you might have. 

“Stormé DeLarverie (December 24, 1920 – May 24, 2014) was a butch lesbian whose purported scuffle with police was one of the defining moments of the Stonewall riots, spurring the crowd to action. She was born in New Orleans, to an African American mother and a white father. She is remembered as a gay civil rights icon and entertainer, who graced the stages of the Apollo Theater and Radio City Music Hall.”


EXTENDED DEADLINE - August 31st 

The Baltic Writing Residency is extremely excited to announce the establishment of the Stormé DeLarverie writing residency, specifically aimed at under-represented writers


The residency will offer 6-7 days in a Victorian apartment in historic Old Louisville, or off of the Blue Ridge Parkway in idyllic Boone, NC (1.5 hrs from Asheville; 1 hr from Winston-Salem). The date of the residency will be decided through discussion with the winning writer, as will the choice of KY or NC.

Each year one writer will be chosen. Applications are accepted by any author of poetry, plays, screenplays, fiction or creative nonfiction writing in English, regardless of their home nation (translations are admissible).

 Comfortable accommodations include Wi-Fi, furnished living room, bedroom, kitchen, central air and heat, &c. 

An honorarium of $500 will accompany the residency. The writer will need to provide their own transportation.

Applications are read by an anonymous committee of judges composed of one member of the English Department of Harvard University, one poet of recognized standing, and one fiction writer of recognized standing.

 
SUBMISSION PROCESS

The application fee is $15.00, and applicants should identify as member of an underrepresented group (writers of color, both American and international, including Native peoples, as well as, disabled people, and those who identify as LGBTQ+).

For the Writer in Residence all of the below should be included in a Single WORD or PDF document submitted through Submittable.  We accept apps and read year-round.
Please include a unique name for your submission (i.e. something other than " Stormé DeLarverie Residency," or "Baltic Application," etc.). 

 * Writer’s bio 

      * 10 pages of poetry or 20 pages of prose
      * A general CV, an abbreviated list of book and/or journal publications, and your full contact information, and contact Information for two references.

Former students, as well as, friends and family of the staff of the Baltic Writing Residency are ineligible to apply. Do not include any additional material (cover letter, reference letters, books, etc.). You can email balticresidency@gmail.com with any questions you might have. 

“Stormé DeLarverie (December 24, 1920 – May 24, 2014) was a butch lesbian whose purported scuffle with police was one of the defining moments of the Stonewall riots, spurring the crowd to action. She was born in New Orleans, to an African American mother and a white father. She is remembered as a gay civil rights icon and entertainer, who graced the stages of the Apollo Theater and Radio City Music Hall.”


While we are updating our main website please use the information here, on Submittable, as your guideline. Thank you.

Kentucky Writers Fellowship

We accept submissions year round.


Needless to say, given that the KY community of writers is a relatively small one, even those who know staff members of the Baltic Writing Residency are encouraged to apply. In turn, the winner is NOT chosen by anyone with a particular relationship to Kentucky, nor is the winner chosen by the staff of the Baltic Writing Residency. Rather, an anonymous member of the English Department of Harvard University will judge.

The application fee is $8.00 and the winner receives $500 which is paid out over several months. 

The fellowship is open to any writer of English

  • who is a native of Kentucky, or
  • who has been living in Kentucky for at least one month, or
  • who lived, at some point in the past, in Kentucky for one year or more, or
  • whose selection is set in Kentucky, or
  • whose selection is about Kentucky.
  • who is or has been a student in a graduate program in creative writing based in Kentucky

Submissions, in a single WORD or PDF document, may include:

  • a selection of 10 pages of poetry, or
  • a selection of 10 - 20 pages or of fiction, creative nonfiction, or a play (the selection may be an excerpt, a self-contained work, or contain more than one story, essay, &c.)

We are also more than open to genre writing (YA, sci-fi, romance, thriller, crime, &c.)

You need not submit a cover letter, CV, publications list or anything additional to your writing sample.

Works that have previously appeared in magazines or books may be included, but it is not required that the work have been previously published. Translations are eligible.

Submission in more than one genre is acceptable, but each genre requires a separate submission.

The Baltic Writing Residency Prose & Poetry Chapbook Contest Judged by Kaveh Akbar

Manuscripts are being accepted now on a rolling basis. We read submissions all year. 

Winner will be announced in the Fall. 

$750, plus publication, and 25 author copies beautifully printed.

$23.00 submission fee.

Send 20 – 32 manuscript pages of poetry or prose (no more than one poem per page). It's fine if individual works have been published elsewhere, but the manuscript can't have been published as a whole before. (translations are admissible)

Include a title page, a table of contents, and an acknowledgements page (if any of the work  have been previously published).

Your name and contact info should NOT appear anywhere on the manuscript. And filling out Submittable's "cover letter" field is discouraged.

The manuscript need not be thematically coherent or narratively related. Co-authored manuscripts are fine. Submitting multiple manuscripts is fine with entry fees for each.

All covers are printed on Rives BFK Printmaking Paper, which is a 100% cotton rag. All covers, FFEPs, vellums and text blocks are scored and torn by hand to size and then hand folded into books. Books are bound with a variety of perfect and sewn bindings.

Email balticresidency@gmail.com with further questions if you have them.

DO NOT SUBMIT HERE UNLESS SPECIFICALLY TOLD TO.

DEADLINE: September 15, 2022

The Red River Gorge is a canyon system on the Red River in east-central Kentucky. Geologically, it is part of the Pottsville Escarpment. The gorge lies within the Daniel Boone National Forest. The writer receives a $200 honorarium, and resides, for 1 - 2  weeks, in a furnished house, on the grounds, offering all of the modern domestic necessities. The period of the residency is dependent, in part, on the institution's overall schedule of visiting artists and writers. In turn, the writer has an immense amount of say as to when they occupy the residency, having the ability to delay beginning the residency for up to a year of being awarded the residency. Also, residents are welcome to bring their partners.

The application fee is $22.00.

All of the below should be included in a Single WORD or PDF document submitted through Submittable.

Please include a unique name for your submission (i.e. something other than "Blackacre Residency," or "Baltic Application," etc.). .
     * 10 pages of poetry.
     * A CV, including a publication list, and your full contact information.
     * Contact Information for two references.

Applications may be made by anyone writing in English (translations are admissible). Applications are read by an anonymous committee of judges composed of one member of the English Department of Harvard University, one poet of recognized standing, and one fiction writer of recognized standing.  We are more than open to genre writing (YA, sci-fi, romance, thriller, crime, &c.).

Former students, as well as, friends and family of the staff of the Baltic Writing Residency are ineligible to apply. Do not include any additional material (cover letter, reference letters, books, etc.). You can email balticresidency@gmail.com with any questions you might have. 

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DEADLINE: Deadline: September 15, 2022

The Red River Gorge is a canyon system on the Red River in east-central Kentucky. Geologically, it is part of the Pottsville Escarpment. The gorge lies within the Daniel Boone National Forest. The writer receives a $200 honorarium, and resides, for 1 - 2  weeks, in a furnished house, on the grounds, offering all of the modern domestic necessities. The period of the residency is dependent, in part, on the institution's overall schedule of visiting artists and writers. In turn, the writer has an immense amount of say as to when they occupy the residency, having the ability to delay beginning the residency for up to a year of being awarded the residency. Also, residents are welcome to bring their partners.

The application fee is $22.00.

All of the below should be included in a Single WORD or PDF document submitted through Submittable.

Please include a unique name for your submission (i.e. something other than "Blackacre Residency," or "Baltic Application," etc.).
     * 20 pages of fiction, CNF, (double-spaced) or playwriting (excerpts are acceptable) .      
     * A CV, including a publication list, and your full contact information.
     * Contact Information for two references.


Applications may be made by anyone writing in English (translations are admissible). Applications are read by an anonymous committee of judges composed of one member of the English Department of Harvard University, one poet of recognized standing, and one fiction writer of recognized standing.  We are more than open to genre writing (YA, sci-fi, romance, thriller, crime, &c.).

Former students, as well as, friends and family of the staff of the Baltic Writing Residency are ineligible to apply. Do not include any additional material (cover letter, reference letters, books, etc.). You can email balticresidency@gmail.com with any questions you might have. 

Feel free to visit the Baltic's Facebook, the Baltic's website, and the Baltic's Twitter

Baltic Writing Residencies: Europe & North America