Our online application process for 2015 has changed to better reflect the reality of how and when applications have been submitted in recent years.

Please read the following instructions carefully and gather all the required materials before beginning the online form, as once started there is no way to save it and return later.

In 2015, we will consider applications in two groups as follows:

March 16, 2015: Priority Admission and Financial Aid Deadline

Applications for regular admission received by 11:59 p.m. Pacific time on March 16 will be considered in a single batch.
In addition, March 16 is the deadline for all applications for financial assistance, including housing assistance. For more information, visit the financial assistance page.

We encourage you to take advantage of the availability of the form as soon as it goes live in early 2015, so that you can get your submission out of the way and so that our Web site isn’t overwhelmed at the last minute. (We’ll do our best to accommodate the traffic!)

Applicants who submit their forms by March 16 will be notified of admissions decisions by April 15 at the latest. Accepted applicants from this early round of admissions will have until May 15 to submit payment.

After March 16: Rolling Admissions for Remaining Workshop Spots (Updated–Please Read)

Applications received after March 16 will be considered as they come in, and continue until all workshops are filled. Some workshops may fill completely with applicants who submit in the priority admission period, so check the Web site for updates as to which ones are still available. For a better chance at receiving one of the remaining spots in the workshop of your choice, we suggest you apply promptly after March 16.

We’ll begin sending notifications for rolling admissions applicants May 1, and thereafter will respond within six weeks of application submission. Accepted applicants will have until June 15 to submit payment.

April 19, 2015 Update:  Most workshops, both poetry and fiction, are full with a waitlist.  We do usually go to the waitlist in April, May, and June as some accepted participants find they cannot attend.  If your plans are flexible and you are interested in joining the waitlist, please email us at for poetry and for fiction.

Application Guidelines

Enrollment in each poetry and fiction workshop is limited. Acceptance is based on:

  • submission of a qualifying manuscript (10-15 pages of fiction, or five poems). For more guidance on manuscript submission, view our FAQs.
  • a brief statement of no longer than 500 words describing your background as a writer and your interest in the conference.

You must pay a nonrefundable $25 reading fee when submitting your application, payable online using a credit card or by sending us a check in the postal mail. Regardless of how you elect to send us your reading fee payment, you must submit your application online.

Past Participants

If you have been accepted to the conference twice in the past five years and are not applying for financial assistance, you do not need to submit a qualifying manuscript. You should complete the online form, but will not need to supply a reading fee.

If you are a past participant and are applying for financial assistance, you must submit a qualifying manuscript and pay the reading fee.

Conference Fees

The total participation fee for the 2015 program is $975, and includes daily breakfast and lunch, two dinners, wine tastings, and attendance at all conference events.

    • $ 25 reading fee – Pay with your application.
    • $975 participation fee – due on acceptance, non-refundable after May 31.
    • If you are offered community housing as part of a financial assistance award, you will owe a $50 fee to cover processing and placement costs upon acceptance.

Application Link and Checklist

The application link is below. Please gather all the materials you’ll need before beginning the form, as there’s no way to save it and return later.  Important note: Please see update under “After March 16” above and do not apply or pay reading fee until you have communicated with us.

  • Qualifying manuscript
  • Statement of qualifications as a writer
  • If applying for financial assistance, a statement of financial need
  • If paying reading fee online, credit card or Paypal account information

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