Sewanee Writers’ Conference

July 18-30, 2023


Writers may apply to the Sewanee Writers’ Conference by submitting applications in one or more of the categories listed below. The application deadline is March 15. There is no cost to apply.

Applicants may apply in more than one genre. The Conference offers contributor positions (general admission) as well as 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 once on a scholarship and once on a fellowship in any particular genre.

All applicants will be notified of decisions via email the first week of May.

2023 Faculty

Fiction: Chris Bachelder, Venita Blackburn,  Vanessa Hua, Holly Goddard Jones, Katie Kitamura, Michael Knight, Leigh Newman, Kirstin Valdez Quade, Maurice Carlos Ruffin, and Stephanie Powell Watts. Poetry: Eduardo C. Corral, Camille Dungy, Tarfia Faizullah, Nate Marshall, A. E. Stallings, and Caki Wilkinson. Nonfiction: Alexander Chee, Jaquira Díaz, Lacy M. Johnson, and Aisha Sabatini Sloan. Playwriting: David Adjmi, Talene Monahon, Dan O’Brien, and Lloyd Suh.

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.

Thanks to the generosity of the Walter E. Dakin Memorial Fund, supported by the estate of Tennessee Williams, participants receive assistance covering two-thirds of the actual cost to attend. Additional funding is awarded to fellows and scholars. 

Conference Fees (After Assistance)
Contributors - $2,000 ($1,100 for tuition and $900 for room and board)
Scholars - $900 (Conference covers tuition)
Fellowships - Conference covers tuition, room, and board

All participants, including fellows, are responsible for their own travel costs.      

CantoMundo, Cave Canem, In-Na-Po, Kundiman, and RAWI Fellowships

We are excited to offer CantoMundo, Cave Canem, In-Na-Po, Kundiman, and RAWI fellowships to this summer's Sewanee Writers' Conference! The CantoMundo, Cave Canem, In-Na-Po, and RAWI fellowships are open to past and current CantoMundo, Cave Canem, In-Na-Po, and RAWI fellows. The Kundiman fellowship is open to all Asian American writers. Fellowship applicants must have at least one book in print by the time of the Conference. If you are applying for one of these fellowships, please say so in the first sentence of your statement of interest.

The Sewanee Writers’ Conference seeks to foster an inclusive environment for its participants, faculty, visitors, and staff. We believe in the values of respect, equality, diversity, and honest discourse. We welcome attendees of all races, ethnicities, sexual and gender orientations, and those with disabilities. Our commitment to these principles forms the bedrock of this writing community and reflects our ambitions for the writing community as a whole.

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. For more information, please visit sewaneewriters.org/apply.


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 ($900). Scholarship applicants in fiction should have one or more genre-specific publications. 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 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 in fiction must have a published novel or short story collection. Novellas and chapbooks are eligible for scholarship applications, but not for fellowships. Self-published titles are not eligible. We will accept fellowship applicants with books in press, but only if the book is published 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 once on a fellowship and once on a scholarship 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 ($900). Scholarship applicants in nonfiction should have one or more genre-specific publications. 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 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 in nonfiction must have a published nonfiction book. Chapbooks are eligible for scholarship applications, but not for fellowships. Self-published titles are not eligible. We will accept fellowship applicants with books in press, but only if the book is published 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 once on a fellowship 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 ($900). Scholarship applicants in poetry should have one or more genre-specific publications. 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 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 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 will be published 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 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 ($900). 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 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 in any particular genre.







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