Applying to a Nonfiction Millay Colony Residency
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Deadlines: We have 2 yearly deadlines:
October 1st (Midnight, EST) deadline is for the April, May, June & July
residency sessions. The online system for the October 1st deadline opens early March.
March 1st (Midnight, EST) deadline is for the August, September, October & November sessions. The online system for the March 1st deadline opens early November.
Residency sessions are held each month from April through November, most lasting around 3 1/2 weeks, with twelve-day sessions also available in June & September.
In each discipline, decisions are made by juries of artists, critics and academics. Your work is presented anonymously to the jury and is considered solely on the merit of your artist statement and work sample. Please keep these factors in mind as you prepare your application. It is very important that you do NOT include your name anywhere on your artist statement or work samples as you may be disqualified if they are within the body of work shown to the jurors. Your application will be assigned a number once it is complete & uploaded to our system.
What you will need to prepare before beginning the application process:
Artist Statement: In a one page Word document, write about your work, yourself and your current thinking about what you’d like to accomplish at Millay Colony as clearly and concisely as possible. The jurors want to get a sense of who you are as a writer and your creative process. This will help in making final decisions. Statement can be single-spaced.
Do not include and biographical or identifying information in your Artist Statement, including your name or contact info. Doing so could disqualify your application.
Work Sample: Create a Work Sample of 20 pages or less in manuscript format. Work samples can be work-in-progress or already published work; whatever you feel will make for the strongest application. It can also include several short pieces or sections of writing as long as they do not go over the 20 page limit. You are allowed one additional cover page to explain the context of the writing sample for the jury. Manuscripts must be double spaced, using an 11 or 12 pt. Font.
Do not include and biographical or identifying information in your Work Sample. Make certain your name is not on any of the work sample pages.
Combine your Artist Statement and Work Sample into a single document. Make sure the Artist Statement is on page 1 and the Work Sample starts on Page 2. Save the document as a PDF, making sure your name is not anywhere within the body of your work, including the subject box of the document.
Biographical Statement & Preferred Residency Dates: Write up to 2 paragraphs listing relevant professional accomplishments such as awards, published works, etc. No CV's please, they will not be considered as a bio statement. Also, tell us how you heard of the Millay Colony. This is for the administrative files and will not be seen by jury members.
Let us know if you're applying for consideration to the following fellowships; Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation, Cave Canem, or The Sustainable Arts Foundation (supporting parents in the arts).
The October 1st deadline is for residencies from April-July, with a March 1st deadline for residencies August-November. Two-week residencies are also available in June & September. After your biographical statement, denote (in order of preference) the months/sessions you are available to come to the Colony. Include any comments regarding availability.
When you have all of the materials prepared and you are ready to apply:
1. Go to the Nonfiction Application Form located here:
2. Register (or sign-in if you already have a Submittable account).
3. Upload the Artist Statement & Work Sample files. Click the Add Files button, browse to the file on your machine and wait for it to upload. Repeat until all files are listed on the form.
4. Add the Contact Info, Biographical Statement, and Preferred Residency Dates. On the same screen, there will be a large text field labeled Biographical Statement. Enter your prepared contact info as requested, including name, address, email, phone number, gender, date of birth, ethnic background, plus the 2 paragraph biographical statement and your preferred residency dates.
Please note that we welcome all artists, whatever their ethnicity, age or gender; our decisions are based solely on the work submitted.
5. Enter your payment information.
6. Click the "Click Here To Apply" button. It is important that you do not click the “Click Here To Apply” button until all of the required documents are uploaded to the form. You will not be able to edit your application once it has been submitted.
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