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Award to an Idaho Writer for Excellence in Oratory and Literary Skills

Writer in Residence Award

GrantWatch ID# 167570
Agency: State

Funding Source
Idaho Commission on the Arts (ICA)
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Geographic Focus
USA: Idaho

Important Dates
Deadline: 01/31/23 11:59 PM Mountain Time

Grant Description
Award of $5,000 per year to an Idaho writer to recognize and honor excellence in the field of literature. Writers will be judged based on existing work, professional history, and the effectiveness of oral reading. Recipients will participate in craft workshops, readings, and/or participate in events four times a year, throughout the appointment (6 to 8 in underserved communities).

This biennial award is the highest literary recognition and largest financial award accorded an Idaho writer. The residency encourages interaction with and appreciation for excellence in literature throughout the state. 

Evaluation Criteria:

  • Literary Excellence:
    • Work shows originality, innovation, and consistency
    • Work is of preeminent quality and demonstrates a mastery of the medium
    • Effectiveness of oral reading
  • Past Work and Contributions to the Field:
    • Evidence of exceptional, continued aesthetic investigation, professional activities, and achievements
    • Applicant demonstrates engagement with the community


  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Criteria for Eligibility
Eligibility and Restrictions:
- Applicant must be a practicing writer
- Applicant must be at least 18 years old
- Applicant must be a United States citizen, legal resident, or refugee, and be an Idaho resident for at least one year
- Applicant must have submitted all final reports for past Commission grants and awards
- The Writer in Residence is limited to two nonconsecutive awards
- The Writer in Residence may receive a Fellowship before becoming Writer in Residence, but after that, he or she is ineligible for a Literature Fellowship
- Applicant may apply for Writer in Residence and a Fellowship in the same cycle. Only one will be awarded.

What the Commission cannot fund:
- Establishment of or contributions to an endowment;
- Fundraising projects that do not raise funds for the arts;
- Prizes, scholarships, or free tickets;
- Projects or programs to generate or attract audiences;
- Offsetting of debt, payment of fines, penalties, or legal fees;
- Activities that are primarily promotional or created for mass distribution, such as duplication of CDs, portfolios, gallery announcements, self-published books, brochures, or websites;
- Student exhibitions, anthologies, publications, or performances, unless those activities document an arts education grant;
- Costs associated with any degree or professional certification, such as tuition, fees, and teaching materials;
- Projects or activities already completed or beginning before the eligible start date or documentation of previously completed projects;
- Documentation of projects except for arts education activities;
- Projects primarily recreational, vocational, or religious;
- Activities restricted to an organization’s membership;
- Costs for consecutive attendance at annual activities that are routinely within an arts organization’s budget including, but not limited to, conferences of the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies, Americans for the Arts, American Folklore Society, or the Western Arts Alliance;
- Pageants, festivals, or celebrations unrelated to arts, ethnic, or cultural activities;
- Journalism;
- Historical or academic documentary film and electronic media arts that do NOT demonstrate significant artistic emphasis, consideration, and distinction;
- Scholarly or academic works in history, languages, archeology, and political science;
- Lobbying expenses or political activities;
- Hospitality expenses such as food and drink, alcohol, flowers, etc. Any such expenses included in a project approved for funding must be paid with applicant funds;
- Capital expenses for an individual; or
- Writing intended for youth.

Pre-Application Information
Deadline: January 31, 2023
Applications must be submitted by 11:59 p.m., Mountain Time

If you’re a first-time applicant you will need to create a user account and be approved before you can apply.

No match required. The recipient will be reimbursed for allowable travel expenses.

Applicants may request a courtesy review three weeks prior to submission. Staff will review the application and offer suggestions for improvement. This process does not guarantee funding, but may strengthen the proposal. To request a courtesy review, email the relevant program director or call the office.

Annual grants are approved in the May Commission meeting and all applicants are notified in June. Funds become available in July.

Grant guidelines:

Estimated Size of Grant
Annual payments of $5,000 are distributed over two years.

Term of Contract
Awards are distributed over two years.

Contact Information
Apply online:

Idaho Commission on the Arts
PO Box 83720
Boise, ID 83720-0008

Phone: 208-334-2119

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