The Baltic Writing Residency


Please Note: This year's residency traditionally held in Latvia will take place in Stockholm, Sweden.

Now accepting applications online. Click here for more information on the Sweden residency.


For the uninitiated, in Brora is a coastal village in the east of Sutherland in the Highland area of Scotland. The writer resides, for one week during the summer or fall in a furnished and recently renovated, traditional croft cottage, containing three-bedrooms. The cottage is few hundred years old (pre-Highland Clearances), enjoys uninterrupted views southwards over the Moray Firth and provides open access to the beaches, hills, burns, lochs and the beautiful unspoiled sandy beaches. It is a perfect base for hill and coastal walks, scenic drives and touring the Northern Highlands. Towels and linen included; off-street parking available; open fire. Washing machine, dryer, stove/cooker, microwave, and fridge. It is suggested that the writer bring a car with them on the residency. Spouses or partners are welcome to accompany the resident.

The Scotland Writing Residency awards a free one-week stay in the Brora cottage based on a completed application. The Scotland residency does not come with a cash prize.

Now accepting applications online. Click here to submit your application materials online.

The Blackacre Forest Writing Residency

The Blackacre Writing Residency is located in a beautiful, 300 acre forest and nature preserve located near Louisville, KY. The writer receives a $200 honorarium, and resides, for 1 - 2 weeks, in a furnished house, on the grounds, offering all of the modern domestic necessities. The period of the residency is dependent, in part, on the institution's overall schedule of visiting artists and writers. In turn, the writer has an immense amount of say as to when they occupy the residency, having the ability to delay beginning the residency for up to a year of being awarded the residency. Also, residents are welcome to bring their partners.

The resident’s living space is a newly renovated apartment on the second floor of an antebellum farmhouse. The brick Presley-Tyler house was built in 1844 and donated to the Commonwealth of Kentucky in 1981 by its previous owners Judge Macauley and Emilie Strong Smith. The historical house and several other antebellum structures are located in the midst of a verdant 300-acre pastoral environment. Blackacre offers multiple thematic vistas where writers can hopefully engage the creative process in relative seclusion. They may follow several trails into the woods or cross fields of prairie grass in search of an idea. Or they may want to commune with farm animals inside one of the few still standing Appalachian double-crib barns in the United States (c. 1795).

Accommodations include Wi-Fi, furnished large living room, bedroom, kitchen, central air and heat. Washer and dryer flank a wood–paneled study with plenty of light overlooking the stone patio. All utilities except telephone are included.

Access to a car, for local travel, as needed, is provided. No one associated with Blackacre or the Baltic is able to drive the resident. The only requirement of the writer, other than residing on location for the period of the residency, is that they take part in one to two readings arranged by the BWR during their stay.

Now accepting applications online. Click here to submit your application materials online.