The Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (VCCA) offers residencies of two weeks to two months year-round to poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers on a 450-acre estate at the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, approximately 50 miles south of Charlottesville. Open year-round, VCCA accommodates up to 13 writers at a time and provides separate working and living quarters as well as all meals. Residents may use the facilities of nearby Sweet Briar College. There is no residency fee, but writers are asked to contribute according to their financial ability. Fellowships and need-based financial aid are available. For residencies from October through January, using the online submission system submit 6 to 10 poems, up to two short stories or essays, or up to 25 pages of a novel or memoir, a brief bio, a résumé, and two letters of recommendation (sent directly to VCCA by the references) with a $40 application fee by May 15. Visit the website for an application and complete guidelines.
Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, 154 San Angelo Drive, Amherst, VA 24521. (434) 946-7236.