The Millay Colony

INFO: The Millay Colony is an artists residency program in Upstate New York. We welcome 6-7 visual artists, writers, poets, playwrights, screenwriters, and composers each month between April and November. We offer a number of flexible residency formats. all including a private bedroom and studio as well as all meals. We welcome artists of all ages, from all cultures and communities, and in all stages of their career. We offer ample time to work in a gorgeous atmosphere, organizing everything an artist needs for maximum productivity.

Our seven-acre Upstate New York campus, with its lovely meadows and forest, is adjacent to the former home and gardens of poet Edna St. Vincent Millay and the exquisite Harvey Mountain State Forest. Our residents and guests have access to trails for hiking and bicycles, as well as meadows for picnics (with wild blueberry, wild thyme and a delicious mix of plants and flowers), and creeks and streams for cooling off. In the Winter, residents may choose to go cross-country skiing. We are near the towns of Chatham, NY and Great Barrington, MA.

Our chef cooks healthy delicious dinners and also provides food for residents to cook their own day-time meals. We are happy to respond to food allergies and special diets. We have a barbecue for outdoor grilling and a fire pit for smores.

The Steepletop Barn has four bedrooms and four studios with meadow and mountain views. The Main Building was featured in the July ’98 issue of Architectural Record for its sleek look and commitment to universal access. This building contains two residency suites and studios as well as common areas open to all residents, including the kitchen, dining and living areas, and a laundry room. All are fully accessible. The Main House also has a darkroom, a Yamaha U1 upright piano, a large collection of art books, two lounges, a public telephone, and WiFi. In our adjacent offices, we have a fax machine, copier, computer and printer for residents’s use. 


DEADLINE: October 4, 2018 



SPACE on Ryder Farm 

INFO: Now in its fifth year, SPACE on Ryder Farm’s Family Residency, founded in association with The Lilly Awards Foundation (spearheaded by Julia Jordan, Marsha Norman and Pia Scala-Zankel), provides a weeklong residency on the farm for working parents and their children. 

The Family Residency offers an artist-parent with structured time to create, while their child(ren) participate in nature-focused arts programming under the guidance and expertise of professional theatre educators. All family residents (parents and children) enjoy three communal farm-fresh meals daily. The residency culminates in short, informal sharings of the work accomplished by both parents and children while in residence at SPACE. 

 As of 2018, SPACE welcomes artist-parents with children who are 3 to 12 years of age to apply.

If you are a two-parent/guardian household and both parents wish to participate in the residency, both parents must demonstrate in separate applications that they have a need for time and space to work.

The Family Residency is offered during these two weeks:

  • July 29th-August 3rd (for children 6-12 years old)

  • August 19th-August 24th (for children 3-5 years old)

If your availability and your child’s age does not correspond to the designated week, we ask that you check back for our 2020 application, which will be posted toward the middle of 2019. If you would like for more than one child to join you at SPACE but the children fall into two different age categories, please contact residencies@spaceonryderfarm.org to discuss your options.

All Family Residencies are fully-subsidized. Residents may need to cover their travel to and from the farm. If you are traveling from New York City, a round-trip off-peak Metro North ticket from Grand Central Terminal to Brewster Terminal is $29.00. Transportation between the Brewster Terminal and farm is provided by the SPACE team. As of the 2018 season, accepted Family Residents are able to apply to a travel fund to help offset their travel costs. The allocation of funds is based on a resident’s geographical location and financial circumstances.


  • Deadline: October 8, 2018

  • Semi-finalists notified: February 2019

  • Finalists interviews: March 2019

  • Final decisions: Early April 2019



Call for Submissions - New Moons: Contemporary Writing by North American Muslims

Red Hen Press

INFO: Red Hen Press is seeking submissions on any subject in all genres of creative writing, including fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction and cross-genre work, by North American Muslims for publication in an anthology. They seek to represent the full diverse range of voices in the North American Muslim community.

For prose (including fiction and nonfiction) or cross genre work, please send no more than 3,000 words. 

For poetry, please include 5-10 poems.

DEADLINE: October 15, 2018 



CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: Poetry From Previously Incarcerated Native American women

INFO: Red: Caged Birds Sing is a poetry anthology edited by Jessica Mehta, a citizen of the Cherokee Nation.

Every selected poem is paid at a rate of $20. To qualify, writers must:

  • identify as Native American (tribal enrollment is not required)

  • identify as a woman/female

  • previously been incarcerated

  • agree to work virtually with an editor (if applicable)

Previously published poems qualify. Please submit no more than five poems and include your tribal affiliation in the cover letter. 


2018 National Poetry Competition

INFO: The Poetry Society’s annual National Poetry Competition is one of the most prestigious prizes in the world for previously unpublished single poems and has a first prize of £5,000.

The 2018 National Poetry Competition is now open for entries! Judged by Kei Miller, Kim Moore and Mark Waldron. 

DEADLINE: October 31, 2018



The 2019 San Miguel Writer's Conference Writing Contest 

San Miguel Writers’ Conference & Literary Festival

INFO: Submit your poetry, creative nonfiction, fiction, and Spanish short story for a chance to attend the 14th annual San Miguel Writers’ Conference free of charge. Four writers will be awarded the entire five day “Full Conference Package” (Feb 13–17th 2019) as well as have their housing provided during the conference, and a chance to pitch to a literary agent.

The contest is open to anyone writing in English who has not yet published or self-published a book that has sold over 1,000 copies in the genre of application. Faculty and administrators of the San Miguel Writers’ Conference are not eligible to submit to the writing contest. Previous winners of the writing contest cannot submit and win a second time. Note: For the new category of “International Short Story (Spanish)” submissions should be written predominantly in Spanish.

Work submitted must be unpublished. Work may be simultaneously submitted elsewhere, but if it is published or accepted prior to the judging, it will be disqualified from the competition.

AWARD: “Full Conference Package” fee waivers, including housing, and one agent pitch session will be granted to one writer in each of the following genres: poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and international Spanish short story. Transportation to San Miguel de Allende is not provided. The award is valid only for the specific year of the contest and may not be transferred or exchanged. 

SUBMISSION FEE: An entry fee of $30 must be paid for each submission. Note: For the new category of “International Short Story (Spanish)” the fee for this year has been set at $20 USD. 

DEADLINE: November 1, 2018