We are no longer accepting applications to the 2017 Sewanee Writers' Conference. The application deadline was April 17. We will notify applicants of decisions via email the week of May 15
Applicants will be selected on the strength and promise of the work submitted and on the committee's judgment that the applicant is likely to benefit from the Conference. Publications or productions are not required for contributors (general admission). There is no application fee.
Applicants must be 21 years of age by the time of the Conference. All participants are expected to attend the Conference for its entire 12-day duration.
Poetry application manuscripts should be 10-15 pages, single-spaced. Scholarship applicants may submit a combination of published and unpublished work, observing length limits of 20 pages. If applying for a fellowship, please mail two hard copies of the same book to the Sewanee Writers' Conference / The University of the South / 119 Gailor Hall, Stamler Center / 735 University Ave. / Sewanee, TN 37383–1000.
Fiction application manuscripts should be 20-40 pages, typed, double-spaced (examples: a novel excerpt, a longer story, or two or more short stories). Scholarship applicants may submit a combination of published and unpublished work, observing length limits of 40 pages. If applying for a fellowship, please mail two hard copies of the same book to the Sewanee Writers' Conference / The University of the South / 119 Gailor Hall, Stamler Center / 735 University Ave. / Sewanee, TN 37383–1000.
Playwriting application manuscripts should be 20-80 pages of a play or an excerpt of a play, standard playscript format. Scholarship applicants should submit current work that has been workshopped or produced, 20-80 pages of a play or an excerpt of a play, standard playscript format. Fellowship applicants should submit a full-length play or the equivalent in length of a collection of shorter works, all of which have seen production.
Applicants accepted to the Conference will have the opportunity to submit a separate manuscript for workshop as well as their top choices for a faculty reader.
Cost to Attend
Thanks to the generosity of the Walter E. Dakin Memorial Fund, supported by the estate of Tennessee Williams, all writers who attend the Sewanee Writers’ Conference receive partial funding. Contributors receive assistance covering two-thirds of the actual cost to attend. Additional funding is awarded to fellows and scholars.
Conference Fees (After Assistance)
Contributors - $1,800 ($1,100 for tuition and $700 for room and board)
Scholars - $700 (Conference covers tuition)
Fellowships - Conference covers tuition, room, and board
If admitted to the Conference, contributors and scholars secure their places by sending deposits of $300 by May 30. The balance of the fee is due in Sewanee by June 15. All participants, including fellows, are responsible for their own travel costs.
The Conference offers a limited number of fellowships and scholarships on a competitive basis. Award applicants who would like to be considered for a contributor position should they not receive an award must submit a separate contributor application in addition to the award application.
Fellowship (Walter E. Dakin, Father William Ralston, or John N. Wall) applicants in poetry and fiction should have a book published by an academic or commercial publisher. Self-published titles are not considered eligible. Novellas and chapbooks are eligible for scholarship applications, but not for fellowships. We will accept fellowship applicants with books in press, but only if the book is in publication by the time of the Conference.
Scholarship (Tennessee Williams, Stanley Elkin, Claudia Emerson, Horton Foote, Barry Hannah, Anthony Hecht, John Hollander, Donald Justice, Romulus Linney, Howard Nemerov, Mark Strand, Peter Taylor, Mona Van Duyn, Georges and Anne Borchardt, or Susannah McCorkle) applicants in poetry and fiction should have a number of publications in distinguished periodicals.
Playwriting applicants for these awards should have work that has seen production.
Writers can only attend the Conference on a traditional scholarship once and a fellowship once in any particular genre.