$ 8.00
While we are updating our main website please use the deadline and fee listed here, on Submittable, as your guideline. Thank you.

Kentucky Writers Fellowship

The deadline is May 15 of each year and the winner will be announced between June and July of the same year. We accept submissions year round.

WE strongly encourage all potential applicants to read the following, as it may help clarify the purpose of this fellowship: We would like to begin by saying that the purpose of this fellowship is to recognize writing that is somehow innovative, though it certainly need not be “experimental” or “conceptual.” There has long been recognition in Kentucky, via state institutions, and via others, for a kind of writing somehow connected with what it means to be of or from Kentucky, a writing that might be thought of as perhaps overly-recognizable, staid, traditional or conservative. We hope to acknowledge those who write in a way that doesn’t simply perpetuate a potentially static and expected form and/or content, but somehow either innovates otherwise “traditional” approaches to writing, or who are working entirely outside of those traditional approaches. Whether your approach is linear or non-linear, narrative or gestural, concerned with the natural world, the self, urban spaces, history, &c., we encourage you to apply, but we encourage you to consider how your writing innovates received approaches to writing, again, either at the level of mode or at the level of content, or both.

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

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 six months, 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.)

That single document must also include a publication list (not only for the work submitted).

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.

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

The Baltic Writing Residency Poetry Chapbook Contest, in conjunction with Rabbit Catastrophe Press.

Manuscripts are being accepted now through the February 15th deadline of each year.

2016-2017 JudgeShane McCrae

$750, plus publication, and 25 author copies beautifully printed by Rabbit Catastrophe Press.

$23.00 submission fee.

Send 20 – 32 manuscript pages of poetry (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 poems have been previously published).

Shane McCrae’s most recent books are In the Language of My Captor (Wesleyan University Press, 2017), The Animal Too Big to Kill (Persea Books, 2015), and Forgiveness Forgiveness (Factory Hollow Press, 2014). His poems have appeared in Best American Poetry, Poetry, The American Poetry Review, Gulf Coast, Pinwheel, Fence, and elsewhere. He has received a Whiting Writer’s Award, a fellowship from the NEA and a Pushcart Prize. He is an Assistant Professor in the Creative Writing Program at Oberlin College and a faculty member at Spalding University’s low-residency MFA in Writing Program.

Last year, Zoë Ryder White and Nicole Callihan's collaborative work, A Study in Spring, was chosen by Bob Hicok for the inaugural Baltic Writing Residency Chapbook contest. It will be published in the coming months.


Your name and contact info should NOT appear anywhere on the manuscript. And filling out Submittable's "cover letter" field is discouraged. Close friends of, and students who are studying with or have studied with the judge within the last five years, should not apply.

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: March 1, 2016 for an April/May residency period

The Blackacre Writing Residency is located in a beautiful, 300 acre forest and nature preserve located near Louisville, KY. 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.

 

The resident’s living space is a newly renovated apartment on the second floor of an antebellum farmhouse.  The brick Presley-Tyler house was built in 1844 and donated to the Commonwealth of Kentucky in 1981 by its previous owners Judge Macauley and Emilie Strong Smith. The historical house and several other antebellum structures are located in the midst of a verdant 300-acre pastoral environment. Blackacre offers multiple thematic vistas where writers can hopefully engage the creative process in relative seclusion. They may follow several trails into the woods or cross fields of prairie grass in search of an idea. Or they may want to commune with farm animals inside one of the few still standing Appalachian double-crib barns in the United States (c. 1795). Accommodations include Wi-Fi, furnished large living room, bedroom, kitchen, central air and heat. Washer and dryer flank a wood–paneled study with plenty of light overlooking the stone patio. All utilities except telephone are included.

 

Access to a car, for local travel, as needed, is provided. No one associated with Blackacre or the Baltic is able to drive the resident. The only requirement of the writer, other than residing on location for the period of the residency, is that they take part in one to two readings arranged by the BWR during their stay.

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.

DEADLINE: March 1, 2016 for a April/May residency period

The Blackacre Writing Residency is located in a beautiful, 300 acre forest and nature preserve located near Louisville, KY. 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 "Bernheim 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.

The resident’s living space is a newly renovated apartment on the second floor of an antebellum farmhouse.  The brick Presley-Tyler house was built in 1844 and donated to the Commonwealth of Kentucky in 1981 by its previous owners Judge Macauley and Emilie Strong Smith. The historical house and several other antebellum structures are located in the midst of a verdant 300-acre pastoral environment. Blackacre offers multiple thematic vistas where writers can hopefully engage the creative process in relative seclusion. They may follow several trails into the woods or cross fields of prairie grass in search of an idea. Or they may want to commune with farm animals inside one of the few still standing Appalachian double-crib barns in the United States (c. 1795). Accommodations include Wi-Fi, furnished large living room, bedroom, kitchen, central air and heat. Washer and dryer flank a wood–paneled study with plenty of light overlooking the stone patio. All utilities except telephone are included.

 

Access to a car, for local travel, as needed, is provided. No one associated with Blackacre or the Baltic is able to drive the resident. The only requirement of the writer, other than residing on location for the period of the residency, is that they take part in one to two readings arranged by the BWR during their stay.

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
While we accept applications all year round, the deadline for the Brora, Scotland residency is August 25(translations are admissible)

The Scotland Writing Residency is located in Brora, a coastal village in the east of Sutherland in the Highland area of Scotland. The writer resides, for one week during the summer or fall in a furnished and recently renovated, traditional croft cottage, containing three-bedrooms. It enjoys uninterrupted views southwards over the Moray Firth and providing open access to the beaches, hills, burns, lochs and the beautiful unspoiled sandy beaches. It is a perfect base for hill and coastal walks, scenic drives and touring the Northern Highlands.

A short drive will take you to Loch Brora with its superb Pictic sites or up the more rugged Glen Loth to the lookout point on the shoulder of Beinn Dhorain. The area abounds with an interesting array of wildlife including Arctic Terns, Herons, Cormorants, and Otters on the River Brora. Deer abound on the surrounding hills and can be seen near Loch Brora.

Towels and linen included; off-street parking available; open fire. Washing machine, dryer, stove/cooker, and fridge. It is suggested that the writer bring a car with them on the residency.

The Scotland Writing Residency awards a free one-week stay in the Brora cottage based on a completed application. The residency does not come with a cash prize. Applications for the SWR are chosen by a peer-review committee. To apply, candidates are required to submit all of the following as ONE PDF or Word document. 
 

For the Scotland Writing Residency all of the below should be included in a Single WORD or PDF document submitted through www.submittable.com (creating an account is free and quick):
* Ten pages of poetry.
* A CV, including a publication list, and your full contact information.
* Contact Information for two references.
* $22 fee.

Do not include any additional material (cover letter, reference letters, books, etc.). You can email balticresidency@gmail.com with any questions you might have.

While we accept applications all year round, the deadline for the Brora, Scotland residency is August 25(translations are admissible)

The Scotland Writing Residency is located in Brora, a coastal village in the east of Sutherland in the Highland area of Scotland. The writer resides, for one week during summer or fall, in a furnished and recently renovated, traditional croft cottage, containing three-bedrooms. It enjoys uninterrupted views southwards over the Moray Firth and providing open access to the beaches, hills, burns, lochs and the beautiful unspoiled sandy beaches. It is a perfect base for hill and coastal walks, scenic drives and touring the Northern Highlands.

A short drive will take you to Loch Brora with its superb Pictic sites or up the more rugged Glen Loth to the lookout point on the shoulder of Beinn Dhorain. The area abounds with an interesting array of wildlife including Arctic Terns, Herons, Cormorants, and Otters on the River Brora. Deer abound on the surrounding hills and can be seen near Loch Brora.

Towels and linen included; off-street parking available; open fire. Washing machine, dryer, stove/cooker, and fridge. It is suggested that the writer bring a car with them on the residency.

The Scotland Writing Residency awards a free one-week stay in the Brora cottage based on a completed application. The residency does not come with a cash prize. Applications for the SWR are chosen by a peer-review committee. To apply, candidates are required to submit all of the following as ONE PDF or Word. 
 We are more than open to genre writing (YA, sci-fi, romance, thriller, crime, &c.).

For the Scotland Writing Residency all of the below should be included in a Single WORD or PDF document submitted through www.submittable.com (creating an account is free and quick):
* 20 pages of fiction, CNF (double-spaced), or playwriting.
* A CV, including a publication list, and your full contact information.
* Contact Information for two references.
* $22 fee.

Do not include any additional material (cover letter, reference letters, books, etc.). Again, applications must be received by
August 15. You can email balticresidency@gmail.com with any questions you might have.



$ 25.00

The deadline for the Sweden residency has been extended to January 15.

The writer chosen for the Baltic Writing Residency in Sweden receives $1,000, and a free stay in a furnished cottage, based on a completed application. Applications are chosen by an anonymous peer-review committee, including a fiction writer, a poet, and a member of Harvard University's English Department. To apply, candidates are required to submit all of the following by December 15 of each year: (translations are admissible)

The Sweden Residency is located in Stockholm, and the writer resides, for 3 - 4 weeks at a time most convenient for them in a furnished cottage. 
Stockholm encompasses 14 islands of the vast Stockholm archipelago on the Baltic Sea. The cobblestone streets and ochre-colored buildings of medieval Gamla Stan, the old town, are home to a 13th-century cathedral, the royal palace of Kungliga Slottet and its underground armory, cafes and restaurants. Ferries and sightseeing boats shuttle passengers between islands, beneath more than 50 bridges. There are fifteen official UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Sweden comprising thirteen cultural sites, one natural site and one mixed site. 


All of the below should be included in ONE WORD or PDF document
* Ten pages of poetry. Please do not send books.
* A CV, including a selective publication list  (with your own personal contact information: email, postal address, &c.).
* Contact Information for two references.

Do not include any additional material (cover letter, reference letters, books, etc.). Application materials will not be returned.

The deadline for the Sweden residency has been extended to January 15th.

The writer chosen for the Baltic Writing Residency in Sweden receives $1,000, and a free stay in a furnished cottage, based on a completed application. Applications are chosen by an anonymous peer-review committee, including a fiction writer, a poet, and a member of Harvard University's English Department. To apply, candidates are required to submit all of the following by January 15 of each year (translations are admissible).  We are more than open to genre writing (YA, sci-fi, romance, thriller, crime, &c.).


The Sweden Residency is located in Stockholm, and the writer resides, for 3 - 4 weeks at a time most convenient for them in a furnished cottage. 
Stockholm encompasses 14 islands of the vast Stockholm archipelago on the Baltic Sea. The cobblestone streets and ochre-colored buildings of medieval Gamla Stan, the old town, are home to a 13th-century cathedral, the royal palace of Kungliga Slottet and its underground armory, cafes and restaurants. Ferries and sightseeing boats shuttle passengers between islands, beneath more than 50 bridges. There are fifteen official UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Sweden comprising thirteen cultural sites, one natural site and one mixed site. 

All of the below should be included in ONE WORD or PDF document
* 20 pages of fiction, CNF (double spaced), or playwriting. Please do not send books.
* A CV, including a selective publication list (with your own personal contact information: email, postal address, &c.).
* Contact Information for two references.

Do not include any additional material (cover letter, reference letters, books, etc.). Application materials will not be returned.