Frequently Asked Questions

Below are the questions we receive most often about the conference & the applications process. If you have a question not answered here, feel free to contact us. More questions and answers about the particulars of the 2013 conference will be added after January.

General Conference & Application FAQs

Q) Will literary agents be at the conference? How do I schedule a meeting with them?

A) Since our focus is primarily on craft, we don’t bring in agents with the specific purpose of reviewing submitted work. We do plan to feature publishing professionals in an informal group setting for general discussion of the publication process.

Q) Is there an Early Admission/Early Acceptance policy? How soon will I hear whether I’ve been accepted?

A) There is no Early Admission/Acceptance process. We begin opening submissions on March 1st, even if any should arrive before that date. As for acceptance, we will respond within 30 days of receiving your submission.

Q) Is the conference open to applicants outside the U.S.?

A) Absolutely. In the past, we’ve had participants from Japan, Israel, Canada, South America and other places around the world.

Q) I’d like to apply now, but send my writing sample in later. Is that okay?

A) As the writing sample is the basis of your admission, it’s best to send the application and written submission at the same time. We are unable to review a submitted application without the writing sample.

Q) Is there a place on the application for the name of a recommender or reference?

A) As we base our acceptance on the writing itself, we don’t ask for a references or recommendations. However, in your statement of your writing background in the cover letter, you are welcome to include the names of teachers you’ve worked with, or someone who’s recommended the Conference to you.

Fiction Application FAQs

Q) Must the submitted manuscript be unpublished or is a previously published story okay?

A) As acceptances are based on your written submission (10 to 15 pages), you should send in your strongest work, published or unpublished, with your application. However, we expect an unpublished manuscript to be offered to the workshop and thus open to the review and response process.

Q) Is the manuscript submitted for the application the one that will be used in the workshops?

A) The manuscript sent with the application is not always the one used in the workshop. After acceptance, there will be an opportunity to submit a different manuscript for the workshop, one that would benefit from the review and response process.

To view guidelines for the workshop manuscript, visit the Fiction Workshops page.

Q) Do you prefer standard submission format? Should I include my name on my manuscript? 

A) There is no need to withhold your name on the manuscript. Please submit in the standard manuscript format: double-spaced, in a legible font, preferably 12 pt Times New Roman, Times, Palatino, or equivalent, with one-inch margins. Please number the pages and use standard paragraph format: indent the first line and no extra space after the paragraph.