Mountain Words Writer-in-Residence

2024 Mountain Words Writer-in-Residence

Application deadline: Feb 9, 2024
Selection announced Feb 29, 2024

The Mountain Words Writers-in-Residence program invites writers to Crested Butte for a month of focused writing,
Application deadline: Feb 9, 2024 Midnight/12am
Selection announced Feb 29, 2024
Residency dates: May 1 – June 1, 2024
Writers-In-Residence receive:
Writers-In-Residence are expected to:
  • Participate in tw0 2024 Mountain Words Literary Festival events.
  • Participate in one speaking engagement at Crested Butte Community School
  • Plan and cover the cost of your travel to and from Crested Butte
  • Engage with other writers-in-residence and local writing communities as time permits
To apply, please submit:
  • A letter of reference from an editor, agent, mentor, or other professional familiar with your work.
  • Publication history (reviews, endorsements, awards, etc) & links to your website, social media platforms, etc
  • A personal letter stating your interest in, need, and plan for the residency
  • A writing sample/s (up to 10 pages)
  • $10 registration fee
Notes on the residency:
  • Accommodation cannot be arranged for family and/or friends, though they are welcome to visit
  • Writers-in-residence are required to occupy their residence for the duration of their contract
  • Animals, though loved, are not invited for residency stays
How to submit:
  • All applications must be received by 12:00 am (midnight) Mountain Standard Time, February 9, 2024.
  • Applications can be submitted via this submission link.
  • All supporting materials must be submitted as PDFs. Please ensure all PDF files have your first and last name in the file name and on the documents themselves.
  • Please ask recommenders to email their letter as a PDF to  with “WIR RECOMMENDATION: LAST NAME, FIRST NAME” in the subject line
  • We can also accept applications by post – please contact  with “POSTAL APPLICATION” as the subject line.
  • For any application questions, please contact  with “APPLICATION QUESTION” as the subject line.
  • For any residency questions, please contact with “RESIDENCY QUESTION” as the subject line.
  • Applications will be reviewed by a selection committee and notifications will be made by Thursday, February 29, 2024.
Access & Inclusion:
We welcome applications from writers working in multiple genres, and are particularly keen to hear from those of underrepresented communities, and candidates who self-identify as disabled. Applications are encouraged regardless of age, caring responsibilities, disability, gender, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief and sexual orientation.
For more information visit the Mountain Words Festival website.