Residency Rules and Regulations


In alignment with our mission to help writers produce publishable quality work, and to extend our reach beyond North Texas, the Dallas-Fort Worth Writers’ Workshop will offer its inaugural Spring Residency in 2017.

To apply:

Please submit the first chapter (up to 5,000 words) of a book-length work of any prose genre along with an outline or synopsis that demonstrates your vision and ability to complete (or have completed) the project. The sample and outline should be uploaded together as a single document free of all identifying information. Entries that contain the author’s name or other contact information will be disqualified.

Although we as writers value poetry, the conference is attended largely by agents and editors with more commercial interests and we cannot guarantee that anyone in attendance will represent poetry.

Applications will be accepted from January 1, 2017 through March 22nd, 2017.

All entries must be uploaded through Submittable along with a $50 application fee.

You can submit HERE.

Winners will be selected by an industry professional and notified by email or phone and announced on the DFW Writers’ Workshop website near March 31st, 2017.

All entrants must be available to spend the entire duration of the residency and conference (April 22-May 7, 2017) in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

In the event the winner has already registered for the 2017 conference, the full registration fee will be refunded.

If the winner is a resident of the Dallas-Fort Worth area, a yearlong membership to the DFW Writers’ Workshop will be awarded in lieu of airfare. If the winner lives within 100 miles of the conference location, the workshop will pay mileage or provide other suitable transportation.

Please note: It is recommended that the recipient of the grand prize have a full manuscript ready to pitch at the conference.  In order to receive the manuscript critique, the full manuscript must be submitted by April 15, 2017.

Current and former members of the DFW Writers Workshop and current and former staff members of DFWCon are not eligible.

Authors who have traditionally published a book before are not eligible. Self-published authors are welcome, but the work submitted must be new as most of our agents and editors will not represent previously self-published work.

In the event that the grand prize winner is unable to claim the prize, it will be awarded to the second place winner and so on and so forth.

The DFWWW Board reserves the right not to award prizes if no submission is deemed qualified.

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