Applications for the July 2019 writers' residency are open from December 2018 through February 2019.
The residency runs for the month of July in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. Applicants must submit a 10-page Writing Sample, a Letter of Intent, and a CV, all through our Submittable site. Applicants will be notified of their status on April 1, 2019.
Five writers across disciplines (poetry, fiction, non-fiction, translation, comics) are awarded residencies.
Residents receive a $900 stipend, travel reimbursement, a private room in a house shared with the other residents, and exclusive use of one of the Mastheads studios, which are located at a new site throughout the Berkshires each summer. On weekdays, we provide on-call transportation to the studios. For other transportation needs, residents may use the bikes provided, their own cars, taxis, or Lyft.
The studios are rustic and open-air.
They include a built-in desk, bench, and chair, and are each equipped with a rechargeable, portable electric outlet. Each studio is located within 100 feet of an accessible restroom. The studios may be installed in either downtown or rural locations, and applicants should be comfortable working in either environment. Our goal is to both inspire residents and give them the time and space they need to create.
Public programming during the residency includes weekly lectures and community conversations with scholars and experts across disciplines.
In 2019, our five focus authors from the Pittsfield area will include Herman Melville, Edith Wharton, Edna St. Vincent Millay, James Weldon Johnson, and James Van Der Zee.
In 2017 and 2018, focus authors W.E.B. Du Bois, Fanny Kemble, Catharine Maria Sedgwick, William Cullen Bryant, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Henry David Thoreau, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, and Oliver Wendell Holmes were discussed by guest lecturers Dolores Hayden, Jaswinder Bolina, Meredith McGill, Neil Roberts, David L. Smith, Tess Chakkalakal, and Lawrence Buell.
Events are held weekly at locations such as Melville's Arrowhead, Hotel on North, and The Berkshire Athenaeum. Dinner for the guest speaker and residents is provided after each event, as these gatherings are an integral part of The Mastheads' commitment to building literary community and sharing ideas. In addition, at least once during their stay, residents are asked to give a reading of their work, when we will offer their books or chapbooks for sale to the community.
At the end of The Mastheads residency, we ask each resident to submit a minimum of 1,000 words or 2 to 5 poems to publish in the The Berkshire Eagle and to preserve in an ongoing Pittsfield Anthology.
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Each year, three local writers team up with two guest judges to select the residents.