FAQs

Attention: your application will not be saved if you cannot complete it in one sitting.

No one is answering my call.

We are a full-time book publicity company, and we work very hard on behalf of our clients during the day. We are not taking calls regarding the retreat. You may email hello@jackjonesliteraryarts.com with any outstanding concerns.

I don't have a website or Twitter handle. Why isn't my application going through?

Every component of the application is mandatory including the website and Twitter handle. In 2017, websites are standard for both emerging and established writers. We're interested in women who understand the power of, and use, social media.

Can Canadians and non-Americans apply to the retreat?

The retreat is open to any woman of color who can get to New Mexico freely and safely.

Are trans women eligible for the retreat?

The retreat is open to women of color. It is a female-only space for women who identify as she/her. Trans women should absolutely apply, and there is a specific fellowship for them. However, please research all of the fellowship opportunities and apply for the one that best suits you.

I have been out of school for a long time. Who can write a letter of reference for me?

Your letter should be written by someone who can speak to your passion and commitment for literature. The end.

My recommender would like to submit the letter themselves. What should I do?

Your recommender should email the letter to jack@jackjonesliteraryarts.com with your name in the subject line.

Can I submit more than one letter of reference?

No, please do not. 

What is a project proposal?

A synopsis of the book project that you're currently working on. If you are not working on a book project, this retreat is not for you. Women writers of color working in any genre who are working on a book project may apply.

Why are white women on the digital master class roster?

Publishing is 85% white. Good allies acknowledge this reality and do the work of diversifying their magazines, client lists, presses, houses and editorial boards. The white women we invited to be a part of this retreat experience are all committed to inclusion efforts. Their work speaks for itself. We encourage you to learn more about all of our master class teachers. Follow them on Twitter. Look at who they're publishing. Look at who they're in conversation with. Seek out their work and familiarize yourself with powerhouse women in this industry.

Is SMU-in-Taos accessible for wheelchairs?

SMU-in-Taos is not accessible for wheelchairs. We are working on finding a space for 2018 that is both cost-effective and accessible.

Can my child, infant, partner or pet come along?

No. 

I am part of a writer's collective. Can we submit one application for all members?

No. Separate applications need to be submitted.

If I apply for one of the scholarship opportunities, will my application also be under consideration for general admission into the residency? 

Unfortunately, no. One application per person either scholarship or non-scholarship.

Can you give me more information on the proposal, writing sample and recommendation letter?

Sure, the proposal needs to be 750 words or less, the writing sample is 20 double spaced pages of prose or 10 pages of poetry. The recommendation letter can be uploaded as a .doc, .docx or PDF. The letter needs to be signed, preferably on letterhead, with contact information for your recommender.

Does the writing sample have to be based on the project proposal I submitted?

We would prefer that the writing sample is tied to the project proposal, but it doesn't have to be. Send your strongest work, published or not.

Why is the retreat in the fall and not summer?

We feel very strongly that workshops for black writers and writers of color are sacred and necessary spaces, and we did not want to compete with them in any way. Workshops like Kimbilio, Cave Canem, Callaloo, CantoMundo and Kundiman are held during the summer; we didn't want applicants to feel conflicted in applying to this retreat vs. applying for a workshop for writers of color.

What is the difference between a workshop and a retreat/residency?

A workshop is designed to do two things, 1. generate new work and  2. receive feedback on pages you bring in for peer and supervisor critique. A retreat provides time and space to produce work, revise and research without the interruption of everyday life. 

I have published a book. May I apply?

Of course. We want you to write another.

I haven't published a book. May I apply?

Of course. We want you to write your debut.

I am a student now but won't be in October. May I apply?

Yes.

What kinds of students are ineligible?

Students, in any program, are ineligible. This retreat is serious time away to further your book project and learn invaluable information about publishing while communing with other women of color. We will not make exceptions. Please don't ask.

I can only come for a few days or a week. May I apply?

No.

Are the digital master classes mandatory?

Absolutely not. Many writers seek out retreats solely to work on their book projects without networking, community building or engagement; other writers are the exact opposite. We want to respect the solitude a retreat allows the writer while providing the kinds of opportunities that are beneficial to writers wanting to know more about the professionalization of their craft. Come to as many or as few digital master classes as you'd like. Digital master classes are open to retreat attendees only. We'll gather in the library at SMU-in-Taos.

Do I have to submit tax documentation?

The Angela Flournoy Fellowship is the only opportunity that requires any documentation. 

I cannot apply for the Allison Wright travel stipend directly. Why?

The stipend will be awarded to one of the accepted retreat attendees with outstanding need. You cannot apply for it.

Why is there an application fee? Why is it $25? Will you consider waiving it?

There is an application fee because our applications are read by jurors, highly accomplished contemporary women writers of color, who we respect and admire. Like anyone else, they need to be compensated for their time and labor. The $25 fee is comparable to other national residencies. The fee stands. Applications aren't processed until payment is received.

I cannot find the application link. Will you email it to me?

The application is now closed. Notification letters will begin to be emailed on June 15, 2017.