Thank you for applying to the 2013 Sewanee Writers’ Conference.
We will notify all applicants of decisions via email on 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 are not required for general admission.
The full Conference fee is $1,700-$1,000 for tuition and $700 for room (single occupancy), board, and activity costs. The fee covers two-thirds of the full cost of the Conference; thanks to the generosity of Tennessee Williams in establishing the Walter E. Dakin Memorial Fund, every participant is in part financially underwritten.
If admitted to the Conference, a writer secures a place by sending a deposit of $300 by May 30. The balance of the fee ($1,400) is due in Sewanee by June 20. Deposits, less a $50 cancellation fee, are refundable until June 10. After June 10, refunds (less the $50 cancellation fee) will be made as previously reserved places are filled.
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 or in press at a major academic or commercial publisher.
Scholarship (Tennessee Williams, John N. Wall, Howard Nemerov, Peter Taylor, Mona Van Duyn, Donald Justice, Stanley Elkin, 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.
All scholarships cover Conference tuition ($1,000); fellowships cover tuition, room, and board ($1,700).
The Conference accepts several auditors who may take part in the program but do not submit work for evaluation and discussion. Auditors should submit the Basic Admissions Application and a short writing sample. The fee for auditors is $1,600 ($300 deposit, $1,300 balance). Payment dates and refunds for auditors are the same as for other participants.
The Conference fee covers tuition, room (single occupancy), board, library, and many social events. Most athletic facilities are open to participants; tennis and golf require modest court and greens fees.