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Writer in Residence Award

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

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Idaho Commission on the Arts

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Award of $5,000 per year to an Idaho writer who demonstrates preeminence in the field and compelling public recitation skills. Recipients will participate in public readings and events throughout the State during their three-year residency. Writers will be judged based on their professional history, existing work, and a recording of their recitation.

This triennial award (next awarded in FY 2020) is the highest literary recognition and largest financial award accorded an Idaho writer. The residency encourages an interaction with and appreciation for excellence in literature throughout the state. It carries an obligation to share their work in four annual community public readings at regular intervals over a three-year term (8 of the 12 in underserved communities).

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GrantWatch ID#: 167570

Estimated Size of Grant:

The award of $15,000 is distributed in annual payments over a three-year term. The recipient will be reimbursed for allowable travel expenses.

Term of Contract:

The Writer in Residence Award is for a three-year term.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligiblity 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, legal fees, or indirect costs.
- 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.
- Documentation of projects except for arts education activities.
- Projects primarily recreational, therapeutic, vocational, rehabilitative, or religious.
- Activities restricted to an organization’s membership.
- Cost for the applicant to attend activities or consecutive annual activities that should be built into an organization’s budget; for example, the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies, Americans for the Arts, Northwest Booking Conference, or other professional conferences.
- 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, and so on.
- Capital expenditures for individuals.
- Writing intended for youth.

Pre-Application Information:

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.

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

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Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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

Phone: 208-334-2119

Jadee Carson, Grants Manager

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USA: Idaho