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




Narrative Magazine

INFO: Narrative presents its Tenth Annual Poetry Contest. In a continuing effort to encourage and support talented poets, they’re offering prizes and widespread publicity to all winners and finalists. Narrative is always looking for new voices, so all entries will be considered for publication in the magazine.

The contest is open to all poets. Entries must be unpublished and must not have been previously chosen as winners, finalists, or honorable mentions in other contests. Each entry may contain up to five poems. The poems should all be contained in a single file. You may enter as many times as you wish, but they encourage you to be selective and to send your best work.


  • First Prize is $1,500
  • Second Prize is $750
  • Third Prize is $300
  • Up to ten finalists will receive $75 each

SUBMISSION FEE: $26. With your entry, you’ll receive three months of complimentary access to Narrative Backstage.

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