FAQs

Where do I apply?

The 2018 application season is closed.

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. If the answer to your question is available in our FAQs, we will not respond to your email.

Who is eligible to apply to the retreat?

Women of color.

I want to help. What should I do?

Email the team at hello@jackjonesliteraryarts.com. We want to offer all of the women travel stipends and any donations to our logistics fund are highly appreciated. Our logistics fund helps us pay our master teachers and our auxiliary on-site staff.

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 2018, 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 international writers apply to the retreat?

Yes, but there are no additional funds to help  with international travel costs.

Who can write a letter of reference for me?

Your letter should be written by a professor, instructor, agent, editor or someone very familiar with your writing.

How does my recommender submit the letter of reference?

Your recommender should submit the letter through the Submittable portable.

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 poetry, fiction and nonfiction 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 Blue Sky Retreat accessible for wheelchairs?

Blue Sky Retreat is not accessible for wheelchairs. We are working to find a space for 2019 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.

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?

The writing sample needs to be tied to the project proposal.

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 and a 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 residency provides time and space to produce work, revise and research without the interruption of everyday life. A retreat is time away to work without feedback but with the added component of professional workshops and lectures.

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.

What kinds of students are ineligible?

Students in bachelor's programs 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 do not ask.

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

Yes.

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

No.

Are the digital master classes mandatory?

Yes! 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. We've curated an outstanding roster of women to speak candidly with you about publishing. 

Do I have to submit tax documentation?

The Roxane Gay Fellowships for women who made $40,000 or less during the 2017 tax year are the only opportunities that require tax documentation. We won't need that documentation unless you are a finalist in your category.

If I am chosen as a finalist, what happens?

A Skype interview with the Jack Jones team!

Why is there an application fee? Why is it $35? 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 $35 fee is comparable to other national residencies and retreats. In fact, it is less expensive than many other application fees. Applications aren't processed until payment is received.

Which fellowship  should I apply to?

The one best for you. Please don't ask us. 

Am I eligible for the ___________ fellowship?

You know how you identify in your everyday life. We do not. 

Are there other ways to support Jack Jones Literary Arts?

Yes, get some swag!  Book one of our speakers for an event! Buy a book by one of our clients!