INFO: MASS MoCA invites artists and writers to apply for residencies from 1 week to 8 weeks in length.

Residents (12 per session) will receive: 

  • A private studio in attractive space on MASS MoCA’s re-purposed mill campus, with generous natural light, 24-hour studio access, plywood floors, a work table and chair in each studio, and shared slop sinks and bathrooms.

  • Housing across the street from the museum, in renovated apartments (private bedroom/Queen bed + shared kitchen and bath). These are lovely apartments, but note that it’s communal living (4 people to an apartment) in an active downtown location -- sensitive sleepers be advised.

  • One communal meal per day, in the company of other artists-in-residence.

  • Free access to printmaking and weaving equipment in the Studios, offering shared use of a roller etching press, hydraulic flatbed press, 22-inch Harrisville loom, and 48-inch Herald loom.

  • MASS MoCA member benefits for the duration of the residency, including free access to the museum’s galleries and discounts on performing arts events and museum store purchases.

  • Optional one-on-one artist-focused financial and business coaching through the staff of MASS MoCA’s Assets for Artists program (, helping artists and writers in all disciplines strengthen the business side of their artistic practice.

ELIGIBILITY: We welcome applications from artists in all career stages, income levels, and disciplines (painters, sculptors, installation artists, fiber artists, printmakers, writers, performers, designers, photographers, filmmakers, etc.) whose practice allows them to work quietly (nothing is sound-proofed, so power tools and loud music are discouraged). Groups/collectives may apply to work on joint projects. The studios have light-duty ventilation, so an art practice generating strong fumes cannot be accommodated.

FULL COST: $650/week

FINANCIAL AID: Many selected applicants will be offered subsidies based on both artistic merit and financial need. 


  • Deadline: July 8, 2019

  • Residency Sessions: October 9, 2019 - April 21, 2020

Transpacific Literary Project: selipar, slipper, スリッパ, sandal jepit, ស្បែកជើងផ្ទាត់, dép, ေျခညွပ္ဖိနပ္, 拖鞋, tsinelas, 슬리퍼, รองเท้าใส่ในบ้าน,

Asian American Writers’ Workshop

INFO: The Transpacific Literary Project is opening a new submission period for literary work from writers in East and Southeast Asia for future publication in The Margins. This folio's subject: shoes without heels.

They come with many names: slipper, selipar, スリッパ, sandal, sandal jepit, ស្បែកជើងផ្ទាត់, house shoe, dép, ေျခညွပ္ဖိနပ္, 拖鞋, 人字拖鞋, tsinelas, 슬리퍼, รองเท้าใส่ในบ้าน, รองเท้าแตะ, flip-flop, and more. 

Perhaps not obviously worth your literary attention, TLP is focusing on these objects, seen everywhere and easily overlooked, as a way to gather ourselves around a shared (in)significance. What do these little shoes reveal about a foot, a home, a custom, about the ground they (do not) touch? How do they mark the wearer? How do they mark the boundary between inside and outside? What beliefs are instilled in them? What values? What fates? What rules? What happens when one is lost? What stories do they carry? 

Please send your best original writing or original translations—submissions are accepted in any language of East and Southeast Asia—in whichever form fits: poetry, short fiction, creative nonfiction, exploratory or experimental prose. Submissions including photographs and audio recordings are welcome. Projects might include work that:

  • Invites this familiar object to be considered in unfamiliar or strange ways

  • Maps the places where they walk in a day, and where they are not allowed

  • Reveals how they embody something culturally specific and/or culturally shared

  • Considers their nuanced relationships to socio-economic class, purity and cleanliness, comfort, bodily or domestic servitude, the work-home divide, the inside-outside binary

  • Draws connections to another culture through tracing their origin and trade

DEADLINE: July 14, 2019


The Center for Communications

INFO: The Center for Communication annually awards the Carole Cooper and Richard Leibner Journalism Fellowship to a New York area female college junior, senior, or graduate student.

The Fellow will receive a generous stipend up to $5000 while interning at the Center for Communication during the course of the school year. Students will have the opportunity to network with professionals and executives within media and entertainment at our panels and On Locations.

The fellowship is open to students who will be enrolled within an undergraduate or graduate program in the Fall of 2019/Spring 2020 school year.

WHAT YOU'LL BE DOING: The Center for Communication is looking for a highly motivated and enthusiastic intern interested in marketing, social media, and writing. Additionally, this intern will also support program staff during On Locations and must be available to work during all evening panels.

You will help maintain the Center's social media presence across platforms to help build our community and drive awareness to students, new graduates and professors. Strong social media skills across Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, and Instagram are required.


  • This person should be a self-starter, highly motivated, able to take direction and conscientious about deadlines

  • Strong editorial and research skills required

  • Collaborate on content development (event recaps, new project opportunities) and assist with current project management

  • Working familiarity with Squarespace, MailChimp, and Canva, highly desired

  • Intern will contribute with event preparation and promotion of our forums and On Locations

COMMITMENT: This is a paid internship opportunity for a full school year, excluding the summer. The internship will begin in September 2019.

Hours: 16-20 hours a week. Intern is expected to work evening panels.

DEADLINE: July 15, 2019



INFO: Art Omi: Writers is now seeking proposals for Translation Lab 2019, a 12-day special, intensive residency for four collaborating writer-translator teams in the fall of 2019.

Art Omi: Writers will host four English language translators in New York's Hudson Valley for 12 days. These translators will be invited along with the writers whose work is being translated into English. All text-based projects—fiction, nonfiction, theater, film, poetry, etc.—are eligible.

As this year’s ALTA conference is taking place in nearby Rochester during the residency period, Art Omi and ALTA are delighted to announce a partnership to include Translation Lab participants in the conference programming.

This focused residency will provide an integral stage of refinement, allowing translators to dialogue with the writers about text-specific questions. It will also serve as an essential community-builder for English-language translators who are working to increase the amount of international literature available to English-language readers.

All residencies are fully funded including: airfare, train transportation from New York City to the Art Omi campus, and local car transportation. Please note: accepted applicants must be available for the duration of the Translation Lab (November 5-16, 2019). Late arrivals and early departures are not possible. Please do not submit a proposal unless both parties involved (translator and writer) are available for all dates. 


  • Deadline: July 15, 2019

  • Residency: November 5-16, 2019


Apply: Open City Muslim Communities Fellowship Fall 2019

Asian American Writers’ Workshop

INFO: The Asian American Writers’ Workshop is now accepting applications for the Open City Muslim Communities Fellowship, a unique six-month opportunity for emerging writers of color from communities under attack from Islamophobia to publish narrative nonfiction about Muslim communities in New York City. We see this as a fellowship for writers of color based in NYC from Muslim and Arab, South Asian, and North and East African communities. 

For the Fall 2019 Muslim Communities Fellowship, Open City will offer a $2,500 stipend, skill-building workshops, and publishing opportunities to writers to write on the diverse Muslim communities of New York City.
The fellowship session will begin in August 2019 and will end in March 2020.

We are looking for writers to create deft, engaging narratives that bring the face, name, place, and heart of the community to issues like racial profiling, police surveillance, and Islamophobia.

Specifically, we are looking for writers who:

  • are willing to spend time reporting on Muslim neighborhoods and talking to people about their lives, hopes and fears;

  • understand the urgency in writing stories that depict how it is to be a Muslim in today’s America;

  • are committed to social justice, dedicated to helping promote efforts by the community to fight anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant sentiments and actions;

  • are strong, voice-driven storytellers who care about social justice movements and transporting readers to places like Jackson Heights and Astoria in Queens; Bay Ridge and Boerum Hill in Brooklyn; and Mott Haven and Parkchester in The Bronx. 

Apply for an Open City Muslim Communities Fellowship if you:

  • are a strong, voice-driven storyteller who cares about social justice movements and wants to transport readers to places like Jackson Heights, Queens, and Bay Ridge, Brooklyn;

  • have an entrepreneurial spirit and understand that building a career as a writer includes building a social media presence;

  • can demonstrate nonfiction writing experience and a dedication to developing a writing career; and

  • are excited about getting your hands dirty in "the field" and cultivating trust and sources in your neighborhood.

AAWW recognizes the heterogeneity of the Muslim community in New York City, and we are looking to create a home for writers from Arab American, West Asian, Central Asian, Iranian, Afghan, East and North African, Black Muslim, South Asian, and Southeast Asian communities in New York City. Please note that applicants for the Fellowship need not be Asian American but must be persons of color. 

For more info about the Open City Muslim Communities Fellowship, please read the application page for this Fellowship. 

DEADLINE: July 15, 2019


INFO: Artists of any age from any country may apply. We accept solo artists as well as collaborating teams of up to three people. We are particularly interested in applicants whose practice involves a defined engagement with landscape, ecology, and or projects that employ historical or first-hand research of the 108 site. Please have your statement reflect this intention. If you have social practice or an interest in community engagement, this program may not be a good fit due to the isolated nature of our site. 

WRITERS: Two work samples – up to 20 pages each.
VISUAL ARTISTS: 10 images with title, date, dimensions, and medium. Video work up to 15 minutes may be submitted.
COMPOSERS/CHOREOGRAPHERS5-10 video or audio samples with title and date up to 15 minutes, (still images may also be included if applicable). 

*Any online viewing format such as Vimeo or Youtube is acceptable for submissions. For large files please compress or send via Wetransfer.


  • Deadline: July 15, 2019

  • Residency: September 30 -October 28, 2019


2019 Story Lab Workshop Application


INFO: NPR’s Story Lab Workshop has opened for another round of applications. For the last couple years, we’ve held the Story Lab Workshop for a few days here in DC to develop Member stations’ most ambitious projects. It was a great event, but it didn’t allow for continued collaboration as the projects took shape. So this year we are trying something different; we are aiming to provide that mentorship and support remotely over six months. 

We are seeking submissions for ambitious podcasts, special series, and other long-form audio projects that exhibit high-impact journalism and creative storytelling. Your project can be at any stage of development, as long as it hasn’t already launched.

A panel of NPR news managers, editors and producers will evaluate the submissions and choose up to five projects. 

If your project is selected, here’s what NPR’s Story Lab can provide:

  • Mentorship: Your team will be paired with mentors at NPR who will be available to offer editorial guidance and connect you with resources at NPR.

  • Online Workshop Sessions: NPR’s Training Team will provide sessions via video conferencing on a range of topics from managing workflow to legal issues (Fair Use, FOIA requests) to marketing and distribution.

  • Collaboration: The selected teams will meet each other and NPR staff virtually to share advice and best practices.

  • Partnership opportunities: Past partnership opportunities have included featuring a station podcast on an NPR podcast, airing pieces from a podcast on NPR news magazines, and NPR partnership in producing and distributing a station podcast (like Michigan Radio’s Believed).

DEADLINE: July 15, 2019


Banff Center for Arts and Creativity 

INFO: This workshop-based program embraces multiple genres, providing structured support for new creative writers wanting to improve their writing skills. Four faculty work closely with eight participants in one of the following genres: first chapter novel, creative nonfiction, poetry, and short fiction.

Participants read the submissions of fellow group members, then give and receive feedback during three-hour morning workshops. Afternoons are devoted to writing time and to meeting one-on-one with faculty. An energizing, transformative experience designed to help participants take their writing to a new level, this program is a perfect entry point into Banff Centre’s full suite of Literary Arts programs. 

This program offers a wide range of writers the opportunity to work on a portion of a manuscript in a workshop setting with editorial faculty. The program will help writers build their critical vocabulary, making them better critics of their own and others’ work. 

Participants will also learn more about the craft of writing, and about the conventions and possibilities for innovation, in their chosen genre. Evening readings give writers a chance to practice presenting their work to a warm, encouraging audience. 

Merit – not means – drives opportunity at Banff Centre. Participants in this program will receive 100% scholarship for tuition.

WHO SHOULD APPLY: Any new writer interested in structured feedback from faculty and fellow participants will benefit from this program. The program is open to writers with no publications, a few publications, or even a first book, in the genres of poetry, short fiction, creative nonfiction, and first chapter novel.

First chapter novel participants should note that it is only the first chapter, not the entire novel, that they will work on during this program. 

Writers from all backgrounds, and all gender identities and expressions are encouraged to apply. 


DEADLINE: July 31, 2019



Fiyah Magazine

INFO: FIYAH is a quarterly speculative fiction magazine that features stories by and about Black people of the African Diaspora. This definition is globally inclusive (Black anywhere in the world) and also applies to mixed/biracial and Afro-appended people regardless of gender identity or orientation.

The idea of chains carries a heavy context for black folks across the globe. The most visceral imagery of chains bears the weight of the Middle Passage, colonialism, antebellum slavery and modern day mass incarceration. But it runs deeper than that and in so many ways our global community carries chains unseen.

There have been studies conducted showing that the stress of racism is shortening the lifespan of African Americans and that generational trauma is transferred in our DNA. What is that if not a chain? Too many of us live in oppressive governments that restrict our movement, criminalize our bodies and trap us in spiraling cycles of labor that are to everyone’s benefit but our own. And despite what your resident #AllLivesMatter supporter will tell you, being a millionaire in the NFL is its own kind of chain too.

So these are the stories we’re looking for. Ones that explore the ways systems entrap us, but also the ways we circumvent them and rise up against them. For when they forced Christianity on us, we simply changed the names of our gods to fit theirs. When we grew tired of their brutality, we rose up and took an island as ours. Perhaps one day we’ll take a planet. Maybe there are worlds where we’ve lived free existences because we shed ourselves of chains long ago. Or there could be just one of us finding a way to slide out of a personal chain. Because all of our trauma allows us to imprison ourselves too.

However you decide to delve into it, understand that writing is an exercise in freedom. Writing is a breaking of chains.

FICTION SUBMISSION GUIDELINES: We accept submissions of short fiction 2,000 – 7,000 words and novelettes up to 15,000 words.

We are looking for brave works of speculative short fiction by authors from the African continent and diaspora that reject regressive ideas of blackness, respectability politics, and stereotype. Please submit your bravest, blackest, most difficult to sell stories to us. We want to read them. 

We want stories that are well written, of high quality, and generally easy to read on a screen.

We are open to receiving stories around many themes, but we will immediately reject stories that feature any of the following:

  • Graphic depictions of rape or sexual assault

  • Needless brutalization of women and children

  • Depictions of brutalization or abuse of people with disabilities

  • Graphic abuse of animals

DEADLINE: July 31, 2019



INFO: Our spring contest is open to all fiction and nonfiction writers. We’re looking for short shorts, short stories, essays, memoirs, photo essays, graphic stories, all forms of literary nonfiction, and excerpts from longer works of both fiction and nonfiction. Entries must be previously unpublished, no longer than 15,000 words, and must not have been previously chosen as a winner, finalist, or honorable mention in another contest.

As always, we are looking for works with a strong narrative drive, with characters we can respond to, and with effects of language, situation, and insight that are intense and total. We look for works that have the ambition of enlarging our view of ourselves and the world.

We welcome and look forward to reading your pages.

AWARDS: First Prize is $2,500, Second Prize is $1,000, Third Prize is $500, and up to ten finalists will receive $100 each. All entries will be considered for publication.

SUBMISSION FEE: There is a $27 fee for each entry. And with your entry, you’ll receive three months of complimentary access to Narrative Backstage.

DEADLINE: July 31, 2019


INFO: Willapa Bay AiR offers month-long, self-directed residencies to emerging and established artists, writers, musical composers and songwriters. Situated on 16 acres in coastal southwest Washington State, the Residency provides lodging, meals, and work space, at no cost, to six residents each month, from March 1 through September 30 of the year.  

RESIDENCY FEES: There are no fees. Willapa Bay AiR provides lodging, work space, and meals without charge. Residents are responsible for their transportation costs to and from the residency. Accepted applicants pay a $100 deposit when they confirm their residency. This deposit will be refunded upon arrival.

DEADLINE: July 31, 2019