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We have few guidelines, but they are important.

To apply, please submit a brief bio, a cover letter, and three samples of your work (up to 20 pages) that you feel best represent your scope and interests as a creator. You will be expected to create a new piece (or revise a previously unpublished piece) tethered to Issue 11: “Actionable Storytelling.” We are looking for eager and critical artists and writers from various fields of study who are producing art and writing that responds to the current world around them.

In your cover letter, please tell us in 500 words or less the following (any submission that does not answer the below questions will not be considered for the residency program):

1. What are the driving forces behind your work / art and why would you like to join us for this residency? Tell us what your particular aesthetic and voice will bring to the weekend.

2. What are recent social issues, political decisions, or cultural mishaps that sparked meaningful conversation and inspired you to create art, write stories, or otherwise communicate your thoughts to the world?

3. Tell us a little about what you hope to get out of this residency.

4. Have you taken part in a workshop before? If so, what were the circumstances (MFA program, writing group, etc.); if not, what is your understanding, hesitation, or hope of how a workshop setting functions?

Note: For the Bainbridge residency, accepted residents will be sharing their intended piece for Issue 11 with their cohort and the TSW editors ahead of the weekend, to be workshopped during the residency.


The open call for residency applications will run from Tuesday, Oct. 15 through Wednesday, Nov. 27. Accepted residents will be notified the week of Dec. 9. Questions or concerns? Please feel free to reach out at