Sewanee Writers’ Conference

July 16 - 28, 2019


Writers may apply to the Sewanee Writers’ Conference by submitting applications in one or more of the categories listed below. Writers 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 and contribute to the Conference. The application deadline is March 20.

Applicants may apply in more than one genre. The Conference offers contributor positions (general admission) and merit-based scholarships and fellowships (see eligibility criteria). 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. Writers can only attend the Conference on a traditional scholarship once and a fellowship once in any particular genre.

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. The contributor Conference fee (after assistance) is $1,800: $1,100 for tuition and $700 for room and board. Scholarships cover Conference tuition (scholars pay $700 for room and board). Fellowships cover tuition, room, and board. All participants, including fellows, are responsible for their own travel costs.

All participants are expected to attend the Conference for its entire 12-day duration. Applicants must be 21 years of age by the time of the Conference. Past that criteria, age is not a factor in admissions. We welcome a wide range of ages to the Conference. 

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.

We will notify all applicants of decisions via email the week of May 1. Once admitted to the Conference, contributors and scholars secure their places by sending deposits of $300 by May 15. The balance of the fee is due in Sewanee by May 30. There is no cost to apply.       

The Sewanee Writers' Conference proudly supports a diverse community of writers dedicated to developing their craft and is committed to providing a welcoming, comfortable atmosphere for all. We have up-to-date diversity and harassment policies which follow best practices focused on training for all faculty and staff. We provide complaint reporting information to all writers regarding the University of the South's Non-Discrimination, Harassment, and Retaliation Policy; and have a Conference Deputy Title IX Coordinator. We conduct all Conference activities with compassion and a generosity of spirit. For more information, please visit sewaneewriters.org/apply.





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Scholarship Award Eligibility

The Conference offers a limited number of scholarships on a competitive basis. Scholarships cover tuition ($1,100); scholars only pay room and board ($700). Scholarship applicants in fiction should have a number of genre-specific publications in periodicals. If you would like to be considered for a contributor position should you not receive a scholarship, you must submit a separate contributor application in addition to the scholarship application. Writers can only attend the Conference on a traditional scholarship once in any particular genre.





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Fellowship Award Eligibility

The Conference offers a limited number of fellowships on a competitive basis. Fellowships cover tuition, room, and board. Fellows are responsible for their own travel costs. Fellowship applicants in fiction should have a novel or short story collection published by an academic or commercial publisher. Self-published titles are not considered eligible. Novellas 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.

Although we appreciate receiving them earlier, to complete your application, two hard copies of the book you are applying with are due in Sewanee by March 22 at the latest. Please mail to the Sewanee Writers' Conference / The University of the South / 735 University Ave. / Sewanee, TN 37383–1000. Please send two hard copies of the same book. Self-published titles are not considered eligible. 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.

If you would like to be considered for a scholarship or contributor position should you not receive a fellowship, you must submit a separate scholarship application or contributor application in addition to the fellowship application. Writers can only attend the Conference on a fellowship once and on a traditional scholarship once in any particular genre.




Scholarship Award Eligibility

The Conference offers a limited number of scholarships on a competitive basis. Scholarships cover tuition ($1,100); scholars only pay room and board ($700). Scholarship applicants in poetry should have a number of genre-specific publications in periodicals. If you would like to be considered for a contributor position should you not receive a scholarship, you must submit a separate contributor application in addition to the scholarship application. Writers can only attend the Conference on a traditional scholarship once in any particular genre.




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Fellowship Award Eligibility

The Conference offers a limited number of fellowships on a competitive basis. Fellowships cover tuition, room, and board. Fellows are responsible for their own travel costs. Fellowship applicants in poetry should have a full-length collection published by an academic or commercial publisher. Self-published titles are not considered eligible. 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.

Although we appreciate receiving them earlier, to complete your application, two hard copies of the full-length collection you are applying with are due in Sewanee by March 22 at the latest. Please mail to the Sewanee Writers' Conference / The University of the South / 735 University Ave. / Sewanee, TN 37383–1000. Please send two hard copies of the same book.

If you would like to be considered for a scholarship or contributor position should you not receive a fellowship, you must submit a separate scholarship application or contributor application in addition to the fellowship application. Writers can only attend the Conference on a fellowship once and on a traditional scholarship once in any particular genre.



Scholarship Award Eligibility

The Conference offers a limited number of scholarships on a competitive basis. Scholarships cover tuition ($1,100); scholars only pay room and board ($700). Scholarship applicants in playwriting should have work that has seen amateur or professional production. If you would like to be considered for a contributor position should you not receive a scholarship, you must submit a separate contributor application in addition to the scholarship application. Writers can only attend the Conference on a traditional scholarship once in any particular genre.





Fellowship Award Eligibility

The Conference offers a limited number of fellowships on a competitive basis. Fellowships cover tuition, room, and board. Fellows are responsible for their own travel costs. Fellowship applicants for playwriting should have work that has seen amateur or professional production.

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.

If you would like to be considered for a scholarship or contributor position should you not receive a fellowship, you must submit a separate scholarship application or contributor application in addition to the fellowship application. Writers can only attend the Conference on a fellowship once and on a traditional scholarship once in any particular genre.





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