Writer’s Residency at The Roosevelt Hotel

MICHAEL SANDERS, Artist Block, Drawing & Illustration. Grade 12, East Syracuse Minoa Central High School, East Syracuse, NY.

The application for the 2020 Alumni Writer’s Residency is now closed. All applicants will be notified of a decision in early March 2020.

The Alliance for Young Artists & Writers and The Roosevelt Hotel are pleased to present A Suite of One’s Own: A Writer’s Residency.

The gift of time and space is invaluable for a writer in need of a retreat from, in the words of the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards founder Maurice R. Robinson, “the standardizing pressure of adult life.” This writer’s residency provides that time and space to two promising writers of poetry, prose, or nonfiction with a five-night stay in a suite at the historic Roosevelt Hotel in New York City to further their work—whether completing a current project or embarking on a new endeavor. Residency also includes a $1,000 stipend; up to $1,000 additional for travel to and from the residency; select meals; and opportunities to meet with literary professionals. Residents will be asked to share impressions of and photos from the residency with Alliance staff to share on social media, as well as complete a post-residency survey.

Residency Dates:

June 21–26, 2020


  • Must be a Scholastic Awards Alumni
  • Writers of all forms are eligible to apply
  • Currently enrolled high school and undergraduate students are not eligible
  • Special consideration will be given to applicants who have not previously participated in a writer’s residency or the alumni microgrant program.

About the Judge:

Yahdon Israel is a writer, college professor and creator of Literaryswag, a cultural movement that intersects literature and fashion to make books cool. He has written for Avidly, The New InquiryBrooklyn MagazineLitHub, and Poets and Writers. He teaches at The New School and City College. He hosts the Literaryswag Book Club, a monthly book club that’s free and open to public, and LIT, a weekly web series about books and culture.


Past judges include Kiese Laymon, Edwidge DanticatTina Chang, and Natalie Diaz.


About the Partnership:

The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards and The Roosevelt Hotel share an equally long history—nearly 95 years since their respective founding. The Scholastic Awards’ history at the Hotel dates back to the 1950s when Scholastic Awards recipients attended a special dinner and Scholastic’s founder, Maurice R. Robinson, reflected that “without interruption by Depression or war” the Awards persevered. The Roosevelt Hotel, a New York City landmark built in 1924, sits in the heart of midtown Manhattan.

Disclaimer: Employees of the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, former employees, and close relatives of employees are not eligible for the Writer’s Residency.