THE MILLAY COLONY FOR THE ARTS
Every year, we host 6-7 creators each month from April-November to come to Steepletop — the landmark estate of poet/activist Edna St. Vincent Millay — to reflect, refuel and create work that otherwise might not be realized. As a resident you are invited to become an instrumental member of an intimate multidisciplinary cohort designed to be both supportive and inspirational, ideally forming professional relationships as well as friendships that last a lifetime.
We are located in the Hudson Valley nestled next to the Berkshires: our sylvan hilltop offers idyllic meadows and woods while being situated close to various world-renowned cultural institutions. We are 2-1/2 hours from both Boston and NYC; transportation to/from train and bus stations, as well as airports, can be arranged.
At this time, we have TWO juried residency opportunities that require a Submittable application:
CORE RESIDENCY -- MAY THROUGH OCTOBER
Our historic program, offered free-of-charge (application fee of $40): includes a creative cohort of 6-7 other residents, private bedrooms and studios, shared living/dining/kitchen/bathrooms, laundry room, workstation, B&W darkroom and use of our Alumni and Nancy Graves Memorial libraries; in addition, we provide groceries and chef-prepared communal dinners.
STEEPLETOP RESIDENCY -- APRIL AND NOVEMBER ONLY
Our newly-created opportunity beginning in 2021, costs $3000 (application fee of $40) and includes a creative cohort of 6-7 other residents, private bedrooms and studios, shared living/dining/kitchen/bathrooms, laundry room, workstation, B&W darkroom and use of our Alumni and Nancy Graves Memorial libraries; in addition, we provide groceries and chef-prepared communal dinners.
DEADLINES -- CORE RESIDENCY
MARCH 1, 12am midnight EST — Submittable portal opens mid-November
FOR RESIDENCIES IN AUGUST/SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER
OCTOBER 1, 12am midnight EST — Submittable portal opens mid-April
FOR RESIDENCIES IN MAY/JUNE/JULY
DEADLINES -- STEEPLETOP RESIDENCY
WE ACCEPT APPLICATIONS ON AN ONGOING BASIS THROUGHOUT THE YEAR BUT APPRECIATE RECEIVING YOUR APPLICATION WITHIN 30 DAYS OF THE FIRST OF APRIL AND/OR NOVEMBER; the Submittable portal remains open year-round.
In general, sessions are offered each month and last 3-1/2 weeks. We also offer TWO 12-day sessions in June and September. If you would like to be considered for a shorter residency, please include a note in the CONTACT INFORMATION section of your application and state your preference for: (a) SESSION 1 (JUNE) or (b) SESSION II (SEPTEMBER).
FOR PARENTS: We are exploring other options and are including a residency period devoted to a parent/artist cohort and are excited to partner with Pen Parentis on this initiative. At this time, we will offer sessions ranging from 5-12 days from June-September (most likely). If you would like to be considered for this residency, please include a note in the CONTACT INFORMATION section of your application and state your preference (to be considered, children may not be older than 18 years of age). Please note that the Millay Colony for the Arts CANNOT include/invite children to our residency at this time.
Jurors are invited as practicing professionals (local, regional and national critics, academics and artists) and/or alumni and change yearly. (If you apply for both rounds in a single year, your work will be seen by the same panel twice.)
Our jury process is BLIND to ensure that accepted resident’s work is judged wholly on merit: your name or other identifying information should be removed from submission statement and work sample (we assign numbers to all applications).
GROUP RESIDENCIES -- COLLABORATIONS: TWO PARTICIPANTS
Each participant should submit an individual application. For clarity, please note your partnership with the other applicant in your submission.
GROUP RESIDENCIES -- COLLABORATIONS-GROUPS: THREE-SEVEN PARTICIPANTS -- MARCH 1 DEADLINE ONLY
We offer TWO 5-day residencies annually for groups/collectives: this is available to all disciplines, including trans- and multi-disciplinary projects. To apply, submit ONE application, including Artist Statement with project description of proposed activity while in residence (whether creating new work, or revising/reviving/past projects/performances, exploring new collaborations, etc.), Work Samples from group and/or individual participants, Biographical Information that includes history of collaborative and any prior works and/or professional accomplishments/achievements and Preferred Residency months from August-November. Please note that we also have space available during December-March for a fee.
We are proud of our long-standing partnerships with a number of individuals and organizations who generously provide funding to offset the cost of the Core Residency. If you feel you fit any of the descriptions below, please indicate on your application. While we continuously strive to provide stipends to offset travel/material expenses, at this time only a few of these fellowships offer this funding.
Please note that YOU DO NOT HAVE TO FULFILL ANY SPECIFIC FELLOWSHIP to be considered for a residency -- we accept application from all applicants and do not discriminate by age, education level, background experience, geography, gender/identity, race/ethnicity).
ASIAN AMERICAN WRITERS WORKSHOP-THE MARGIN FELLOWS: These FOUR fellowships are awarded directly through the AAWW through their annual Margins Fellowship for emerging Asian American writers of fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry. Learn more about the Margins Fellowship here.
CAVE CANEM FELLOW: Awarded to TWO poetry applicants annually who identify as BIPOC. (At this time, there is no stipend attached to this fellowship.)
CHARM CITY FELLOW: Awarded to ONE applicant annually who identifies as BIPOC and resides in/around Baltimore. Travel stipend of $150 included.
HISTORIC BLACK UNIVERSITIES/COLLEGES: SCREENWRITER-FILMMAKER FELLOW: Awarded to ONE applicant who is a graduate of an HBUC. (At this time, there is no stipend attached to this fellowship.)
INSTITUTE OF AMERICAN INDIAN ARTS FELLOW: Awarded to ONE applicant annually who identifies as Native American. (At this time, there is no stipend attached to this fellowship.)
MID-ATLANTIC ARTS FELLOW: Awarded to FIVE applicants annually who reside in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, District of Columbia, Virginia or the U.S. Virgin Islands. Travel stipend included, paid directly to fellow from the MAAF.
NANCY GRAVES FELLOW: Awarded to ONE applicant (open to all disciplines) whose prior work is archive-based (or a creator with this desire) that "mine" use the Nancy Graves Memorial Library collection at Steepletop as a site for research and inspiration for the creation of a unique piece. (At this time, there is no stipend attached to this fellowship.)
PARENT/CREATOR FELLOW: Awarded to FOUR applicants annually who have children living at home under the age of 18years old; includes one year membership to Pen Parentis and invitation to contribute to their online blog, for those living in/around NYC. (See *** for other scheduling options.)
ROSCOE LEE BROWN FELLOW: Awarded to ONE poetry applicant who identifies as BIPOC. (At this time, there is no stipend attached to this fellowship.)
SEEMA YASMIN FELLOW: Awarded to ONE applicant who identifies as BIPOC and female. (At this time, there is no stipend attached to this fellowship.)
VINCENT PRIZE FELLOW Awarded to TWO applicants who identify as trans*/genderqueer; may include stipend, amount dependent on funding. (Specifically, creators whose gender is nonbinary and/or fluid are eligible for this Prize.) For more information, go to: NFG-VINCENT PRIZE
We ask for identifying information in the application's CONTACT information for administrative and funding purposes only.
In general, April and November sessions last 3-1/2 weeks.
Administrative staff serve as jurors.
GROUP RESIDENCIES -- COLLABORATIONS: TWO PARTICIPANTS or LARGER GROUPS
Contact Calliope Nicholas for more information: firstname.lastname@example.org, 518.392.3103
technical support email: email@example.com
application support email: firstname.lastname@example.org
NOTE: If your application is waitlisted or you are not accepted, as always, we are open during the months of December-March for self-directed residencies that include ONLY private bedrooms and studios (no groceries or chef-prepared dinners) for a reduced fee.
In response to demand, the newly-created Steepletop Residency is a self-directed, juried, month-long stay available to anyone involved in a creative pursuit/project offered in April & November each year; cost is $3000.
Designed for those in need and desirous of time and space with the support of a creative interdisciplinary cohort in a nurturing and inspirational setting, this opportunity includes groceries and chef-prepared communal dinners as well as private bedrooms and studios, shared bathroom (usually with one other resident), living/dining space, fully-equipped kitchen, laundry room, workstation (printer and desktop PC), B&W darkroom and access to the Alumni and Nancy Graves Memorial libraries.
The Composer's Suite features an upright Yamaha U-1 piano.
Applications will go through a jury process, selected by administrative staff. To apply, follow instructions within your discipline:
A. ARTIST STATEMENT
One page maximum, may be single-spaced, 11-12 point font; tell us about your work and what you would like to focus on while in residence.
B. WORK SAMPLES
COMPOSING: 2-3 compositions (15 minutes maximum, up to 3 scores). MUSIC: MP3 files are preferred, excerpts are fine; SCORES: PDF format; VIDEO: if relevant, no more than 5 minutes in length.
Fiction/Non-Fiction: 15 pages maximum, (standard industry format: double space, 11-12 point font). Works in progress, published pieces, excerpts from longer works, selections of short works are welcome.
Playwriting: 15 pages maximum, (standard industry format: double space, 11-12 point font). Works in progress, published pieces, excerpts from longer works, selections of short works are welcome.
Poetry: 10 poems maximum, 15 pages maximum; any combination of poems and length are welcome.
Screenwriting: 15 pages maximum, (standard industry format: double space, 11-12 point font). Works in progress, already produced films, excerpts from longer works, selections of short works are welcome.
VISUAL ART: 6 images of individual works (JPG,TIFF,GIFF) and up to 4 additional detail/installation images. Include an IMAGE LIST: one page maximum, title/dimensions/date/medium.
C. BIOGRAPHICAL STATEMENT
Brief (1-2 pages) biography including relevant education and professional experience along with awards/achievements/accomplishments to date.
D. UPLOAD ONTO SUBMITTABLE
Follow prompts on Submittable, including combining STATEMENT and WORK SAMPLES into single document to upload as instructed.
WHEN YOU HAVE COMPLETED/ASSEMBLED THE ABOVE — YOU ARE READY TO APPLY!
- Go to STEEPLETOP application form;
- SIGN IN and/or REGISTER;
- UPLOAD STATEMENT, WORK SAMPLES/IMAGE LIST: click Add Files button, browse and select file on your computer and wait for upload to appear as completed;
4. ADD CONTACT INFORMATION: name, address, phone, email, preferred pronoun, ethnicity;
5. ADD BIOGRAPHICAL STATEMENT;
6. ENTER payment information; and
7. PRESS Click Here to Apply. NOTE: DO NOT HIT SUBMIT UNTIL ALL OF THE REQUIRED DOCUMENTS ARE UPLOADED. If there's an issue with uploaded documents after submitting, email email@example.com to open editing.