Richard J. Margolis Award

Blue Mountain Center
Entry Fee: 
July 1, 2017

A prize of $5,000 and a monthlong residency at the Blue Mountain Center, an artists colony in Blue Mountain Lake, New York, is given annually to an essayist or journalist whose work "combines warmth, humor, wisdom, and concern with social justice." Submit three copies of at least two writing samples totaling no more than 30 pages, a brief bio, and a project description by July 1. There is no entry fee. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Bard Fiction Prize

Bard College
Entry Fee: 
June 15, 2017

A prize of $30,000 and a one-semester appointment as writer-in-residence at Bard College is given annually to a U.S. fiction writer under the age of 40. The recipient must give at least one public lecture and meet informally with students but is not expected to teach traditional courses. Submit three copies of a published book of fiction, a cover letter, and a curriculum vitae by June 15. There is no entry fee. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

A Lifetime to Write: Warren Wilson and the Origins of the Low-Residency MFA

Jeremiah Chamberlin

This year marks the fortieth anniversary of the country's oldest low-residency MFA program in creative writing, established by poet Ellen Bryant Voigt in 1976 at Goddard College before relocating to Warren Wilson College in 1981. Contributing editor Jeremiah Chamberlin explores the program’s history and legendary faculty, and how it has served as a model for other low-residency programs across the country.


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