Sewanee Writers' Conference

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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

Sewanee Writers' Conference