INFO: The Juniper Summer Writing Institute is an inclusive literary space that welcomes adult writers from different genres at all stages of their  careers. Acceptance to the Institute is based upon the strength and promise of the writing sample. We operate on a rolling admissions basis, and we do our best to make admission decisions within 2-6 weeks of  receiving applications

Once accepted, enrollment in the Institute is guaranteed on a first-come, first-served basis. You will need to put down a non-refundable deposit of $200 to secure your space.

Application materials include: 

Application Fee
A non-refundable application fee of $40 (U.S.) is required with each application. Applicants pay the fee by debit or credit card through a secure site.

Writing Sample
The strength and promise of your writing sample is the most important component of your application. Send your best work; it needn’t be published, though published work is acceptable, and it does not have to be  the same sample you wish to present in workshop. Writing samples are comprised of:

  • 5-7 pages of poetry (one poem per page) or
  • 7-9 pages of fiction or creative nonfiction/memoir (double-spaced)
  • Visual art (drawings, graphics, or pictures, etc.) are optional for applicants to the "words + pictures" workshop

Writing samples should be saved in one document (doc, docx,  pdf, rtf, or txt). Please include your name & email address as a header or footer in the writing sample. Visual art samples may be jpg, gif, png, mp4, avi, or mov. 

Note: Guidelines for applying to the special topics workshops (words + pictures, and literary arts + action) are the same as applying for fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction. You may submit any genre, according to that genre's page limits. 

Workshop Preference
You will have the opportunity in your application form to indicate your preferences for workshop leader. Every effort will be made to accommodate your preference. 

Please note: *If your second choice is in a different genre than your first choice, you may be contacted by email to submit additional materials.

Personal Statement
A personal statement of no more than 300 words describing your interest in the Juniper Summer Writing Institute. Please explain why this would be a meaningful opportunity, any relevant experience of writing community, and what you think you can contribute to the Institute. If you are applying for funding, please also address how receiving a scholarship would affect your ability to attend.


DEADLINE: June 1, 2018



Asian American Writers’ Workshop

INFO: The Transpacific Literary Project is an ambitious online editorial initiative of the Asian American Writers’ Workshop (AAWW) that is poised to foster literary connections between East and Southeast Asia, the Pacific Islands, the Asian diaspora, and a broader American reading public. The project has taken the shape of a series of portfolios published on AAWW’s online magazine The Margins. These portfolios comprise poetry and prose written by East and Southeast Asian writers, with an emphasis on works in translation, curated around broad themes, and seek to traverse geographic and other boundaries.

 For this next folio in the Transpacific Literary Project, they’re looking for fiction, graphic fiction, essays, poetry, and creative nonfiction on these themes by writers from East and Southeast Asia*. Work in translation is especially welcome. If the submission is by the translator, please indicate if English-language rights are available. We also welcome submissions of images, photo essays, and works of art that speak to the framework described above.

Submissions should be titled “Plastic_Lastname_Firstname”

AAWW will hold exclusive print and online rights to your piece for 90 days, and your story will be archived online. All other rights remain with the writer and translator. All contributors of original work (including translators) will be paid. We are also happy to look at ARCs of forthcoming books with a view to publishing extracts. 

DEADLINE: Friday, June 1, 2018



The Hurston / Wright Foundation

INFO: The mission of the Hurston/Wright Foundation is to discover, mentor, and honor Black writers. Named for literary geniuses Zora Neale Hurston and Richard Wright, the foundation preserves this legacy and works to ensure the future of Black writers and the literature they produce.

For more than 20 years, the Hurston/Wright Summer Writers Workshop has offered a safe space for writers in intensive workshop sessions and master classes. Workshops are led by award-winning writers who are influencing today’s literature. The program features critiques, craft talks, writing time and public readings.

Hurston/Wright workshops serve emerging and experienced writers who are starting projects, developing projects or seeking to polish projects. More than a thousand writers have participated in workshops since the first session in 1996.

Hurston/Wright is a community that supports you and your writing life.

Fiction Workshop led by Mitchell S. Jackson

Nonfiction Workshop led by Pamela Newkirk

Poetry Workshop will be led by Tiphanie Yanique


  • Deadline: June 1, 2018
  • Writers Week: Saturday, August 4 – Friday, August 10, 2018



The Scholar and Feminist Online

INFO: This special issue of The Scholar and Feminist Online takes its inspiration from a generation of writers who changed the literary landscape from the 1960s to the 1990s. This generation of includes legends like Toni Cade Bambara, James Baldwin, Grace Paley, Sandra Ciseneros, Louise Erdrich, Toni Morrison, Dorothy Allison, Les Feinberg, and Octavia Butler. They wrote across genres, historical moments, political movements, and experiences of marginalization, but together they are linked by a broad left politics and a means of storytelling that conveys urgency, reveals power in its many forms, and inspires action. Taking heed of this legacy, this issue of SF Online will share the works of writers imagining with a similar sense of responsibility to left literary imaginations and the worlds we want to build.

In 2018, we are met with a familiar high-pitched urgency. The multi-pronged crisis of white supremacy, capitalism, colonialism, militarism, and ecological destruction call for stories that allow us to reflect, find inspiration, take action, and accept reprieves from the horrific conditions of this world. This issue of SF Online seeks to share the stories of this generation that map a different vision, and buoy us while we are caught in these turbulent seas.

About The Scholar and Feminist Online

SF Online is a free feminist publication that, since its founding issue in 2003, has published academics, activists, and multimedia artists on topics ranging from queer politics centering anti-racism, anti-capitalism, and trans justice, to the literary and political legacy of Black feminist poet, playwright, and choreographer Ntozake Shange. The journal’s commitment to bridging the actual and imagined barriers between activism and academia pushes the journal to remain accessible and relevant to a broad community of readers and practice a politics of feminist knowledge production and modes of leveraging critique.

About the Fiction Issue

This issue of SF Online will address urgent political issues through storytelling, amplifying the journal’s legacy of engaging creative and multimedia work while taking a departure from its history of academic critique. The issue will feature short stories, illustrated works, performance art pieces, and other cultural works in which fiction writers and other storytellers grapple with the problems of our political moment, inventing worlds to better understand our own, calling out warnings, and imagining futures without war, without violence, without white supremacy, without capitalism, and without prisons.

Consistent with the politics of SF Online and the literary legacy inspiring this particular issue, we are seeking writing by and about women, people of color, immigrants, queers, trans and gender nonconforming people, disabled people, and survivors of violence, war, institutional and/or interpersonal abuse. We are also looking for stories dealing with contemporary or historical issues grounded in feminist, anti-racist, anti-capitalist, left political analysis. We welcome various narrative fiction genres including realism, speculative fiction, magical realism, dystopian fiction, flash fiction, etc.

Inspired by the model offered by “Navigating Neoliberalism in the Academy, Nonprofits, and Beyond” edited by Soniya Munshi and Craig Willse, this issue would like to include a number of reprints of groundbreaking feminist, left fiction. We are considering titles from the authors that inspire this issue, including Toni Cade Bambara, Nella Larsen, Zora Neale Hurston, James Baldwin, Dorothy Allison, Tillie Olsen, Grace Paley, Louise Erdrich, Sandra Ciseneros, Les Feinberg, Minnie Bruce Pratt, and others. 

DEADLINE: June 15, 2018.



Rhode Island Writers Colony

INFO: The Colony’s purpose is to provide momentum; to be an impetus, for men and women fitting the criteria to focus, complete, and polish work; to develop work strong enough to stand on its own. These passionate emerging writers come from a multitude of combination of walks; single, African-American, Caribbean, Mediterranean, Hispanic, Latino, East Asian, Native American, African, married, gay, lesbian, or straight. 

FEES: There is a one-time fee of $550 for attendance


  • Deadline: June 29, 2018
  • Residency: July 21-August 5, 2018



Feminist Press

INFO: The Louise Meriwether First Book was founded in 2016 to honor author Louise Meriwether by publishing a debut work by a woman or nonbinary author of color. The prize is granted to a manuscript that follows in the tradition of Meriwether’s Daddy Was a Number Runner, one of the first contemporary American novels featuring a young black girl as the protagonist. First time authors, submit your complete manuscript, either fiction or nonfiction (such as: novel, memoir, short story collection, biography, manifesto, or other work of nonfiction), of 30,000 to 80,000 words, and you could receive a $5,000 advance and publication by the Feminist Press.

The prize is open to women of color and nonbinary writers of color who are: residents of the fifty (50) United States, the District of Columbia, and US territories and possessions; 18 years of age or older at time of entry; and who have not had a book published or have a book under contract at the time of submission. All federal, state, and local regulations apply.  Candidates may not submit the same manuscript in subsequent years unless specifically invited by the Feminist Press. Employees of the Feminist Press and TAYO Literary Magazine and their immediate family members and persons living in their household are not eligible to enter.

Finalists will be notified in October. One winner will be announced in February 2019.

PRIZE: One winner will be awarded a $5,000 advance (half at the time of the initial award and half upon publication) and a contract to publish their book with the Feminist Press in print and digital editions in spring 2020. We expect to work closely with the winner and provide editorial guidance on their manuscript.

DEADLINE: June 30, 2018



PEN America

INFO: The PEN America Writing for Justice Fellowship aims to harness the power of writers and writing in bearing witness to the societal consequences of mass incarceration by capturing and sharing the stories of incarcerated individuals, their families, communities, and the wider impact of the criminal justice system. Our goal is to ignite a broad, sustained conversation about the dangers of over-incarceration and the imperative to mobilize behind rational and humane policies. As an organization of writers dedicated to promoting free expression and informed discourse, PEN America is honored to have been entrusted by the Art for Justice Fund to engage the literary community in addressing this pressing societal issue. 

PRIZE: $10,000 fellowship

SUBMISSION PERIOD: Now through July 1, 2018