Storme’ DeLarverie Writing Residency / Deadline: August 31

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The Storme’ DeLarverie Writing Residency will offer 6-7 days in a Victorian apartment in historic Old Louisville, or off of the Blue Ridge Parkway in idyllic Boone, NC (1.5 hrs from Asheville; 1 hr from Winston-Salem). The date of the residency will be decided through discussion with the winning writer, as will the choice of KY or NC. Applicants should identify as a a member of an underrepresented group (writers of color, Native peoples, disabled and LGBTQ+).

Each year one writer will be chosen. Applications are accepted by any author of poetry, plays, screenplays, fiction or creative nonfiction writing in English, regardless of their home nation (translations are admissible).

Comfortable accommodations at include Wi-Fi, furnished living room, bedroom, kitchen, central air and heat, &c.

An honorarium of $500 will accompany the residency. The writer will need to provide their own transportation.

Applications are read by an anonymous committee of judges composed of one member of the English Department of Harvard University, one poet of recognized standing, and one fiction writer of recognized standing.

The application fee is $15.00, and applicants should identify as member of an underrepresented group (writers of color, both American and international, including Native peoples, as well as, disabled people, and those who identify as LGBTQ+).

For the Writer in Residence all of the below should be included in a Single WORD or PDF document submitted through Submittable.

Please include a unique name for your submission (i.e. something other than ” Stormé DeLarverie Residency,” or “Baltic Application,” etc.).

  •  Writer’s bio
  • 10 pages of poetry or 20 pages of prose
  •  A general CV, an abbreviated list of book and/or journal publications, and your full contact information, and contact Information for two references.

Do not include any additional material (cover letter, reference letters, books, etc.). You can email balticresidency@gmail.com with any questions you might have.

Stormé DeLarverie (December 24, 1920 – May 24, 2014) was a butch lesbian whose purported scuffle with police was one of the defining moments of the Stonewall riots, spurring the crowd to action. She was born in New Orleans, to an African American mother and a white father. She is remembered as a gay civil rights icon and entertainer, who graced the stages of the Apollo Theater and Radio City Music Hall.”