LitSpace St. Petersburg Writer’s Residency
Application and Guidelines 2017

“I cannot say enough good things about my Keep St. Pete Lit residency . . . I have never been more comfortable, or treated better. I may even come back and stay on my own dime when I need time and space to think.” – Michael Patrick Welch, LitSpace Writing Resident 2016

Residency Details

The LitSpace St. Petersburg Writer’s Residency invites applications from fiction writers, poets, playwrights, essayists, and memoirists. We hope to build a legacy as a residency that provides support for adventurous writers and fresh voices. We encourage applications from writers whose work is challenging and daring, as well as from underrepresented backgrounds.

Our goal is to foster writers from around the country and world, enrich St. Petersburg’s literary culture, and connect it to the broader literary world. Therefore, we invite applications from anywhere in the world, though we can only read applications and writing samples in English, and provide the same financial support regardless of a fellows’ travel expenses.

While a track record of publication will be a plus for applicants, we are eager to recognize and foster excellent writers with limited publication histories.

The residency is two weeks long, from April 10-24, 2017.

Applications must be received in full by January 20, 2017.


Participants will be expected to plan and conduct a brief (one or two hour) “master class” or workshop for local writers at the midway point of the residency, and to give one public reading at its conclusion in conjunction with the Sunlit Literary Festival.


The recipient of the residency fellowship will receive a stipend of $1400 to defray travel and living expenses for the period of the residency. Accommodations are also provided for two weeks at the Craftsman House on Central Avenue in St. Petersburg.

Application Package

Please submit applications as a single Word document, sent via email to

All applications must be anonymized. Please see below for details.

When submitting application, also submit an application fee in the amount of $20 via PayPal to Please note this is different from the address you will send your application materials to. Applications not accompanied by an application fee or waiver request (see below) will not be considered.

Fee Waiver: A limited number of waivers are available for writers under economic duress. To request a waiver, please sent an email under the title: “Waiver Request for [Applicant Name]” to Include a one-paragraph description of your circumstances. You may attach any relevant documentation. Waiver requests must be received by December 15, 2016 for full consideration. Waiver requests submitted earlier will have a better chance of approval.

Assemble applications in the following order. Applications that do not follow these guidelines may not be considered. All application fees are non-refundable.

  1. Cover letter
  2. Artistic Statement of Purpose: In up to 800 words, outline your agenda as a writer. This may include describing the topics and perspectives that are most important to you, your stylistic touchstones, and/or your concrete career goals.
  3. Curriculum Vitae: Include any relevant academic experience, previous residencies, and publications, including links where possible.
  4. Residency Action Plan: In 200 words or fewer, describe your plan for using your time at the residency. In most cases, this will be a specific description of the project you will be pursuing.
  5. Letter of Recommendation (optional): Applicants may have one recommender send a letter outlining their endorsement directly to, under heading “Residency Recommendation for [Applicant Name].” Letters sent from applicants themselves will not be considered.
  1. Writing Sample: A small selection of your very best and most representative work.

Prose: Short stories, short-shorts, essays, or memoir totaling no more than 3,000 words (roughly 12 pages). May include excerpts of longer works.

Poetry: Five to eight poems totaling 8 to 10 pages of work.

Theatre: A one-act play, or one act of a larger work.

Anonymizing Applications: To ensure objective judging, please do the following:

  1. Remove your name from all of your application materials, including from the body of your C.V.
  2. Add a footer containing your phone number to every page of your application.
  3. DO include your name, as well as your phone number, in your application submission email. This will be cross-referenced with your application materials by our administrator to identify and organize applications before and after judging.

We understand that things like employment, book titles, etc. make it theoretically possible for judges to determine your identity or even recognize your application, but we feel this precaution does on the whole help them focus on the quality of each writer’s work. Applications that are not anonymized may be declined without review.

Application Deadline: January 10, 2017. All decisions will be made and recipients notified by February 15, 2017.

Judging: The judging panel of the LitSpace Writer’s Residency will consist of a diverse sampling of local writers and literary artists, Keep St. Pete Lit board members, and previous resident(s). Final decisions lie with the Board of Directors of Keep St. Pete Lit.