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Welcome to the online application for the Juniper Summer Writing Institute, June 14-20, 2020. More information on the Institute can be found on our website. If you are ready to begin your application and upload your work, you can scroll down to begin. If you find that you need more time once you start your application, there is a save draft button at the end of the application form.

The Juniper Summer Writing Institute is an inclusive literary space that welcomes adult poets and writers at all stages of their careers. Acceptance to the Institute is based upon the strength and promise of the writing sample. We operate on a rolling admissions basis, and we do our best to make admission decisions within 2-6 weeks of  receiving applications. (Response time will be longer in the months of December and January.)

Once accepted, enrollment in the Institute is guaranteed on a first-come, first-served basis. You will need to put down a non-refundable deposit of $200 to secure your space.

Application materials include: 

  • Writing sample 
  • Indication of your top choices for workshop leaders
  • Writer's Statement 
  • $40 application fee

Application Fee
A non-refundable application fee of $40 (U.S.) is required with each  application. Applicants pay the fee by debit or credit card through a  secure site. If this fee poses a financial hardship or will not enable you to apply, please reach out to us: juniperinstitute@hfa.umass.edu

Writing Sample
The strength and promise of your writing sample is the most important component of your application. Send your best work; it needn’t be published, though published work is acceptable, and it does not have to be the same sample you wish to present in workshop. Writing samples are comprised of:

  • 5 pages of poetry (one poem per page) if applying for a poetry workshop or residency
  • up to 10 pages of fiction or creative nonfiction/memoir (double-spaced) if applying to a fiction or nonfiction workshop or residency

Writing samples should be saved in one document (doc, docx,  pdf, rtf, or txt). Please include your name & email address as a header or footer in the writing sample.

Workshop Preference

You will have the opportunity in your application form to indicate your preferences* for workshop leader or residency. Every effort will be made to accommodate your preferences.
*Note: If your second choice is in a different genre than your first choice, you may be contacted by email with a request to submit additional materials.

Writer's Statement
A statement of around 300 words addressing any of these (or similar) questions: 

  • What do you hope to work on during Juniper? 
  • What excites you about your current project? 
  • What does being a valuable member of a writing community look like to you? 

If you are applying for funding, please also address how receiving a scholarship would affect your ability to attend, in up to an additional 200 words.

THE DEADLINE FOR SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS (1/15/20) HAS PASSED [The Institute awards scholarships to workshop participants in the amount of $500, $700, $1200 and $1700. We especially encourage applications from individuals from underrepresented groups, of diverse life experiences and  backgrounds, and those who have experienced socioeconomic disadvantage or discrimination.] 

As part of the Writer's Statement portion of the application, scholarship applicants should include information about their need for scholarship support.
Scholarship applications must be submitted by January 15, 2020.

We use Submittable to accept and review our submissions.