How do I apply to The Mastheads residency?

The full application can be completed and submitted on this page, and is due by March 1, 2017 at midnight. Accepted applicants will be notified by March 15, 2017. There is no application fee.

When is The Mastheads residency?

The Mastheads is a one-month residency program in July in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. The inaugural season of the program is July 2017.

What does The Mastheads residency entail?

Each year, 5 writers across disciplines (poetry, fiction, non-fiction, translation) are awarded residencies. Writers-in-residence receive a $900 stipend, housing, daily lunch, and exclusive use of one of 5 studios, which are located throughout Pittsfield.

What amenities are provided within the studios?

The writing studios are work spaces only. Housing for the residents is provided in downtown Pittsfield, with transportation available on call for those who need it.
The studios are open-air and rustic in their amenities. They include electricity, and are each located within 300 feet walking distance from a host institution where restrooms are available.

The studios are a central component of the residency program, and are each architectural interpretations of the work of one of five American Renaissance authors who produced work in Pittsfield–Melville, Thoreau, Hawthorne, Longfellow, and Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr.

What are my obligations as a resident?

At the end of The Mastheads residency, we will ask each resident to submit a minimum of 200 words to publish in the Berkshire Eagle and to preserve in an ongoing Pittsfield Anthology.

Public programming surrounding The Mastheads will include weekly lectures and weekly community conversations. Residents will be asked to attend at least one of each of these events.

Who is on the selection committee?

The selection committee for 2017 includes project directors Tessa Kelly and Chris Parkinson, professor of English Jeffrey T. Lawrence, novelist Aaron Thier, and poet Sarah Trudgeon.

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In 500-700 words, provide a detailed description of the project you intend to work on at The Mastheads residency program. If you have already begun the project, tell us where you are in the work process and how you hope to engage with the residency programming.

Upload a 10-page writing sample in the same genre as your proposed project, in PDF format.

Upload a one-page PDF file of your CV.