Our online application process will begin in early 2016 for the 36th conference. Meantime, below are general guidelines for applications.

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.