Madeleine P. Plonsker Emerging Writer's Residency Prize
Each spring, Lake Forest College, in conjunction with the &NOW Festival, sponsors emerging writers under forty years old—with no major book publication—to spend two months in residence at our campus in Chicago's northern suburbs on the shore of Lake Michigan.
There are no formal teaching duties attached to the residency. Time is to be spent completing a manuscript, participating in the annual Lake Forest Literary Festival, and offering a series of public presentations.
The completed manuscript will be published (upon approval) by &NOW Books imprint, with distribution by Northwestern University Press.
The stipend is $10,000 with a housing suite and campus meals provided by the college.
Apply for the Madeleine P. Plonsker Prize
Guidelines (Deadline March 1 (formerly April 1), every year):
We invite applications for a writer under forty years old, with no major book publication, to spend two months (February-March or March-April) in residence at Lake Forest College.
Cross-genre works are always welcome. Beyond this, even residency years (with odd year deadlines) look for prose writers. Odd residency years (with even years deadlines) look for poets.
2013 residency, deadline March 1, 2012: poetry
2014 residency, deadline March 1, 2013: prose
2015 residency, deadline March 1, 2014: poetry
2016 residency, deadline March 1, 2015: prose
We are now taking applications exclusively through Submishmash . We will only consider the first 200 submissions.
Send, in one file, WITHOUT your name, contact information, or other identifying marks:
A) A one-page statement of plans for completion
B) No more than 30 pages of manuscript in progress
Your cover letter, pasted into the text box, should include the basic details of your cv: education, employment, significant publications, etc. These may be in narrative form.
Submissions must be postmarked by March 1 (formerly April 1), each year for consideration by judges Robert Archambeau, Davis Schneiderman, and Joshua Corey and that year's guest judge.
Direct inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line: Plonsker Prize.