We are no longer accepting applications to the 2016 Sewanee Writers' Conference. Please sign in to the application system on May 16 to review the admission decision.
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 are not required for general admission. All applicants—whether for general admission or for scholarships or fellowships—should complete the online application. The application deadline was April 15. There is no application fee.
Poetry application manuscripts should be 10-15 pages, single-spaced. Scholarship applicants should submit a combination of unpublished work and work that has been published in academic or popular periodicals, observing length limits of 20 pages. If applying for a fellowship, please mail two hard copies of your 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 manuscript should be 20-40 pages, typed, double-spaced (examples: a novel excerpt, a longer story, or two or more short stories). Scholarship applicants should submit a combination of unpublished work and work that has been published in academic or popular periodicals, observing length limits of 40 pages. If you are applying for a fellowship, instead of including a manuscript in this application, please mail two hard copies of your 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, up to 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.
Cost to Attend
Thanks to the generosity of the Walter E. Dakin Memorial Fund, supported by the estate of Tennessee Williams, participants 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, a contributor secures a place by sending a deposit of $300 by May 30. The balance of the fee ($1,500) is due in Sewanee by June 15. Deposits are refundable until June 10. After June 10, refunds will be made as previously reserved places are filled.
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.
Fellowship (Walter E. Dakin, Father William Ralston, or John N. Wall) applicants in poetry and fiction should have periodical publications and a book published at an academic or commercial publisher. Self-published titles are not considered eligible. 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, 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.
Playwright applicants for these awards should have work that has seen amateur or professional production.
Writers can only attend the Conference once on a traditional scholarship (Tennessee Williams or Georges and Anne Borchardt, Stanley Elkin, Horton Foote, Barry Hannah, Anthony Hecht, John Hollander, Donald Justice, Romulus Linney, Susannah McCorkle, Howard Nemerov, Father William Ralston, Mark Strand, Peter Taylor, or Mona Van Duyn Scholarships) and once on a fellowship (Walter E. Dakin, Father William Ralston, or John N. Wall Fellowships) in any particular genre.