The Graves Library Writer-in-Residence program is inspired in part by Virginia Woolf’s famous maxim that a writer must have a room of one’s own if they are to write.
This collaborative project between the Louis T. Graves Memorial Public Library in Kennebunkport and the MWPA is based on a simple premise: writers need a space in which to write; libraries are the institutions that house the end-result of those writing efforts; many libraries are in a unique position to provide a small space in which writers can ply their craft.
The Graves Library will provide one local author, chosen through an open call for applications, with a private writing room on the second floor of the library-owned Perkins House (below) for a term of one year. The room will be modestly furnished with a desk, chair, lamp, bookcase, and reading chair.
The only duties of the writer-in-residence will be to construct some type of community payback program or event during the year, which could include hosting a writers group, organizing a seasonal open reading, or offering writing mentorships to local teens.
- The residency is open to all writers who are residents of Graves Library’s service area: Kennebunkport, Kennebunk, and Arundel.
- Applicants must be 18 years of age or older at the time of the application.
- There is no fee to apply.
- All prospective fellows must submit an author’s statement, work sample, and current bio/CV that includes contact info—see details below. Please make sure to follow the submission instructions carefully, incomplete applications may not be reviewed.
All residency applications must include a cover page with the author’s name and contact info, the title of the work sample being submitted, and an author’s statement of no more than 1,000-words. The statement should address the following:
- Why you are applying for the Graves Library Writer-in-Residence.
- What you hope to get out of or accomplish during the residency.
- Your personal writing goals and aspirations.
- A description of your community payback program or event.
Applicants must submit two copies of their manuscript, which cannot exceed twenty pages of prose or ten pages of poetry (one poem per page). Previously published stories, essays, and poems, including excerpts from larger works, are accepted. No submissions will be returned. All manuscripts must meet the following requirements:
- The author’s name should not appear on any of the manuscript pages.
- The title of the work must appear at the top of each page.
- Page numbers must appear at the bottom of each page.
- 12-point font, double-spaced lines (for prose), and one-inch margins on 8.5 x 11 paper.
- Handwritten applications will not be accepted.
Please mail your materials to:
Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance
Attn: Graves Library Residency
314 Forest Avenue, #318
Portland, ME 04101
*Please do not mail any submissions that require a signature.
All submissions must be postmarked by May 1, 2015 by 11:59 PM
All questions may be sent to MWPA executive director Joshua Bodwell