Martha’s Vineyard Summer Writers’ Conference

Type: 
Conference
Location: 
Martha’s Vineyard, MA, United States
Event Date: 
June 9, 2019
Application Deadline: 
Rolling Admissions
Financial Aid Application Deadline: 
February 1, 2019
E-mail address: 

The 2019 Martha’s Vineyard Summer Writers’ Conference will be held from June 9 to June 15 and from June 16 to June 22 on the island of Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts. The conference features weeklong seminars with daily workshops in poetry and fiction, as well as one-on-one manuscript consultations, panel discussions, readings, and a celebratory dinner with faculty. The faculty includes poets Ruth Awad, Christopher Citro, Amy Meng, and Samantha Tetangco; and fiction writers Randi Beck Ocena, Phong Nguyen, Robert James Russell, and Alexander Weinstein. Tuition is $1,075 per week. Lodging is available in nearby guesthouses for $650 for a shared room and $925 for a private room. For a manuscript consultation, submit five poems totaling no more than 12 pages or 20 pages of prose by May 10. General registration is first come, first served. To apply for financial aid, submit 10 pages of poetry or prose and a letter of interest with a $25 application fee by May 1. 

The conference also offers full fellowships (valued at $1,725 each), which include full tuition and lodging; and partial fellowships that include a $500 tuition waiver. Three full and two partial fellowships will be given to educators; the application deadline is February 1. Four full and two partial fellowships will be given to writers of color; the application deadline is February 25. Two full and two partial fellowships will be given to writers with kids that are 16 or younger; the application deadline is February 25. Two full and two partial fellowships will be given to poets and prose writers as part of the MVICW annual writing contest; the application deadline is March 25. For all fellowships, submit a letter of interest and a poem of up to three pages or a story, essay, or excerpt of a novel or memoir of up to 3,000 words with a $25 application fee. For the annual writing contest, submit a poem of up to three pages or a story, essay, or excerpt of a novel or memoir of up to 3,000 words with a $25 entry fee. Visit the website for complete guidelines. 

Contact Information

Martha’s Vineyard Summer Writers’ Conference, 7 East Pasture Road, Aquinnah, MA 02535. (954) 242-2903. Alexander Weinstein, Director.