The Writer in Residence award is the highest literary recognition and largest financial award accorded an Idaho writer. It carries an obligation to share his or her literary work in four annual community public readings throughout the state at regular intervals over the three-year term (8 of the 12 in rural communities). It may require of the writer an additional three readings at special public events. The residency encourages an interaction with and appreciation for excellence in literature throughout Idaho.
The award of $10,000 is distributed in annual payments over the three-year term. The recipient also will be reimbursed for allowable travel expenses.
- Applicants must meet the general eligibility criteria for individuals.
- The Writer in Residence is limited to two nonconsecutive awards in a lifetime.
- The Writer in Residence may receive a Fellowship before becoming Writer in Residence, but after that, he or she is ineligible for a literature Fellowship.
Writers may apply for both Writer in Residence and a Fellowship on one application. If selected for both, the writer may choose between the two. Before applying, review eligibility criteria for both awards and check the appropriate spaces on the application form.
HOW TO APPLY
Complete the form and prepare your work samples. See Preparing Work Samples for guidelines. Download Work Sample Form here. Applicants are anonymous to the reviewers; be certain your name does not appear in the work samples. Since copies will be duplicated, please do not use staples. Consult the checklist to ensure that all materials are included and observe the postmark deadline.
Literary Excellence (60 points)
- Work shows originality, distinguished consistency, and preeminent quality.
Past Work and Contributions to the Field (20 points)
- Evidence of exceptional, continued aesthetic investigation in their chosen medium, professional activities, and achievements as presented in the résumé.
Effectiveness of Oral Reading (20 points)
(See Deadline page for quarterly deadline dates.)
Writer in Residence award is available during the Literature Fellowship cycle. The panel review takes place in April.
Recipients must submit a travel allowance form and receipts as required by the program director. Final reports must be submitted upon completion of the project to receive final payment. See more info on final reports.