The Baltic Writing Residency


For the uninitiated, Latvia, located in northeastern Europe, is one of the continent’s most beautiful countries. Riga, situated on the Daugava River, is a major seaport and a cultural and industrial center. The old town of Riga, a UNESCO World Heritage site, contains several medieval structures, including a 13th-century cathedral and guild halls from the 14th century. The city is the seat of the country's largest university and of the Latvian Academies of Art and Sciences, as well as several graduate programs in law and economics. It also has a multitude of cultural institutions, including an acclaimed opera, a symphony orchestra, several theaters, and museums.


The Scotland Writing Residency is located in Brora, a coastal village in the east of Sutherland in the Highland area of Scotland. The writer resides, for one week during July or August, 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.

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

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

The Scotland Residency is awarded based on a completed application. Applications are chosen by a peer-review committee. To apply, candidates are required to submit all of the following as ONE PDF or Word document by May 15th 2012 and the winner will be notified in early June:

  • Ten pages of poetry or up to 25 pages of fiction.
  • A CV, including a publication list (with full contact information).
  • is $20.00 (or about £12.75) fee payable to The Baltic Writing Residency
  • Contact Information for two references.

Do not include any additional material (cover letter, reference letters, books, etc.). Application materials will not be returned. Again, applications must be received by May 15 of 2012. You can email with any questions you might have.

The Bernheim Forest Writing Residency (New Residency Location!)

The Bernheim Forest Writing Residency is offered in collaboration with Sarabande Books and Bernheim Arboretum & Research Forest. Thus each year two writers will be chosen: one by Sarabande (unsolicited / outside of a competition context), and one by the Baltic - chosen through this contest. Thus, all information below refers only to the Baltic's process of selecting a Bernheim Writer-in-Residence, as again, Sarabande will not be taking applications or queries for its arm of the collaboration. 

The Bernheim Forest Writing Residency is located in a beautiful, 14,000 acre forest and nature preserve located near Louisville, KY. The writer receives a $500 honorarium, and resides, for 4 to 12 weeks, in a furnished cabin, on the grounds of Bernheim offering all of the modern domestic necessities. The period of the residency is dependent, in part, on Bernheim's overall schedule of visiting artists and writers, but will begin no earlier than late summer/early fall of 2013.

The goal in all of Bernheim’s activities is to help realize its mission of connecting the people with nature. To that end, Bernheim staff will be available to meet with writers to share their area of expertise and to provide insight and knowledge about the forest and arboretum. Access to a car, for local travel, as needed, is provided. The only requirement of the writer, other than residing at Bernheim for the 4- to 12-week period of the residency, is that they take part in one to two readings arranged by the BWR and Bernheim, during their stay.

Applications must be made only by those living outside of Kentucky, and by those writing in English (translations are not admissible). Applications are read by an anonymous committee of judges composed of one member of the English Department of Harvard University, one poet of recognized standing, and one fiction writer of recognized standing. 
The application fee is $16.00.

For the Berheim Writer in Residence all of the below should be included in a Single WORD or PDF document submitted through Submittable, here.

  • A 200 - 300 word statement of purpose that discusses how the writers work has OR, once at Bernheim, will reflect (on) the natural world, keeping in mind that neither this statement of purpose, nor the writer's work need be traditional or conventional in its relationship to the natural world, but may be experimental, conceptual, unconventional, etc., indeed we encourage the widest array possible of relations to the natural world.
  • 10 pages of poetry or up to 20 pages of fiction/creative nonfiction
  • A CV, including a publication list, and your full contact information.
  • Contact Information for two references.

Do not include any additional material (cover letter, reference letters, books, etc.). You can email with any questions you might have.