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Mountain Words Writer in Residency (Deadline: February 9)

The 2024 Mountain Words Writer in Residency is open for submissions until February 9, 2024. This program invites writers to Crested Butte, CO, for a month of focused writing, May 1 – June 1, 2024.

Writers-In-Residence receive:

  • A $1,000 stipend
  • A month of private lodging in Crested Butte (May 1 – June 1, 2024)
  • A public celebration of their works completed during the residency at The Mountain Words Festival
  • Virtual publicity through the Center For The Arts marketing & social media channels

Writers-In-Residence are expected to:

  • Participate in two 2024 Mountain Words Festival events
  • Participate in one speaking engagement at Crested Butte Community School
  • Plan and cover the cost of your travel to and from Crested Butte
  • Engage with other writers-in-residence and local writing communities as time permits

To apply, submit:

  • A letter of reference from an editor, agent, mentor, or other professional familiar with your work. 
  • Publication history (reviews, endorsements, awards, etc) & links to your website (if applicable)
  • A personal letter stating your interest in, need, and plan for the residency
  • A writing sample/s (up to 10 pages)
  • $10 registration fee


Notes on the residency:

  • Accommodation cannot be arranged for family and/or friends, though they are welcome to visit
  • Writers-in-residence are required to occupy their residence for the duration of their contract
  • Animals, though loved, are not invited for residency stays

How to submit:

  • All applications must be received no later than 12 am (midnight) Mountain Standard Time, February 9, 2024.
  • Applications can be submitted via this submission link
  • All supporting materials must be submitted as PDFs. Please ensure all PDF files have your first and last name in the file name and on the documents themselves.
  • Please ask recommenders to email their letter as a PDF to literary@crestedbuttearts.org with “WIR RECOMMENDATION: LAST NAME, FIRST NAME” in the subject line
  • We can also accept applications by post, please contact literary@crestedbuttearts.org with “POSTAL APPLICATION” as the subject line.
  • Any application questions, please contact literary@crestedbuttearts.org with “APPLICATION QUESTION” as the subject line.
  • Any residency questions, please contact literary@crestedbuttearts.org with “RESIDENCY QUESTION” as the subject line.
  • Applications will be reviewed by a selection committee and notifications will be made by Thursday, February 29, 2024.

Access & Inclusion:

The Mountain Words Writer in Residency program welcomes applications from writers working in multiple genres and is particularly keen to hear from those of underrepresented communities, and candidates who self-identify as disabled. Applications are encouraged regardless of age, caring responsibilities, disability, gender, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, and sexual orientation.

Learn more and apply.