Residency Program

Residency Program

Cost:
$30

Please note we will be selecting one resident for each of our Fall Programs. Residents may stay for any length of time within the dates of their awarded residency.

An Open (Tin) House: Residency Edition
Executive Director Lance Cleland and Director of Online Programs A.L. Major hosted an open house to discuss applying to the Tin House Residency program. Topics included what makes for a stand-out residency application, what to do if you have previously applied and have not been selected, and if residents can meet Mingus, the Residency pup. View the recording here.

 

2024 Fall Residencies

Parents Residency
September
This residency is open to writers with children 18 years of age or younger (as of March 1st, 2024).

General Residency
October

This residency is intended for any writer working on a full-length manuscript.

 

 

Eligibility

We accept applications in the following genres: Fiction (novel/short), Nonfiction, Poetry, and Graphic Novel, as well as the translation of any of those genres.

When applicable, applicants may be under contract to publish the book they are applying with.

International writers may apply. 

Former Residents may not apply. Former Scholars and past Workshop faculty may apply.

You must be 21 years of age or older by the start date of the residency you are applying for.

 

 

Program

The Tin House Resident will be housed in a 900 square ft. studio apartment next to the Tin House Workshop office in Northwest Portland.  The apartment includes a full kitchen, bathroom, and a small living room/office with WiFi. There are several coffee shops, restaurants, and grocery stores within walking distance of the apartment and access to public transit.

Please note this is a second-floor apartment that is only accessible by stairs. If a Resident cannot use the apartment due to accessibility, we will work with the Resident to provide alternative housing options (at no cost to the Resident). 

Partners and children are welcome to accompany Residents. Though the studio apartment features one queen bed,  Cribs/Pack ‘n Play/Air Mattresses will be available upon request.

Each Residency comes with a $1500 stipend, a 100$ Lyft credit, and a public reading/reception at Bishop & Wilde. Residents may also have an opportunity to meet (virtually) with editors from Tin House Books and participate in other gatherings with members of Portland’s literary community.

 

Applications

We ask for one unpublished writing sample. In addition to the writing sample, the application includes several questions about your project.

For SF/Novel/NF, 6,000 words or less. If you are submitting an excerpt, please include a synopsis.
For poetry, six poems, totaling no more than 20 pages.
For GN, 30 pages or less of combined graphics/text.
Translation: Please follow the requirements for the genre in the original language and submit both your translation and the original text.

No reference letters, please.

Applications are read by Tin House Workshop staff and our 2023 Reading Fellows. Our panel makes selections based on the writing sample, artist statement, residency plans, and through the lens of our core values.

 

 

Fee Waivers

Tin House offers a limited number of application fee waivers for our Residencies. We will be distributing these waivers on a first-come, first-serve basis. As an applicant, you can also Pay It Forward to help cover the cost of another writer’s application fee.

 To inquire about a waiver, please email workshop@tinhouse.com with the subject line “Residency Fee Waiver.” Please wait until applications are open to do so. 

All additional funds will be transferred to our next residency application period.

 

Calendar

2025 Residencies


2025 Winter Residencies
Dates: January & February 2024
Type: General & Debut 40
Applications Open:  July 1st, 2024
Deadline: TBA

2025 Summer Residencies
Dates: June, July, August, 2024
Type: Trans, General, First Book
Applications Open: October 1st, 2024
Deadline: TBA

2025 Fall Residencies
Dates: September & October
Type: Parents & General
Applications Open: March 2025
Deadline: TBA

 

 

Residency Descriptions 

Debut 40: This residency is intended for writers over forty years of age who have not yet published a full-length book. 

First Book: This residency is intended for debut writers who have not yet published a full-length book. Applicants may be under contract but cannot be scheduled to publish their debuts until 2025. Chapbooks and self-published works do not count toward this requirement.

First Residency: This residency is intended for debut writers who have not attended a juried residential program for any length of time nor are scheduled to do so in 2024/2025 (at the time of applying). Applicants may be under contract but cannot be scheduled to publish their debuts until 2025. Chapbooks and self-published works do not count toward this requirement.

General: This residency is intended for any writer working on a full-length manuscript.

Parents Residency: This residency is intended to support writers with children 18 or younger.

Trans Author Residency: This residency is intended to support writers who identify as trans.