Writer’s Residency at The Roosevelt Hotel

Contemplation with Book, Drawing & Illustration by Lucie Cooper, Grade 10, Age 15, Power APAC School, Jackson, MS

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 23–28, 2019

All applicants will be notified of a decision in April 2019.

How to Apply

The application for 2019 is now closed.



  • 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

About the Judge

Kiese Laymon is a black southern writer, born and raised in Jackson, Mississippi. Laymon attended Millsaps College and Jackson State University before graduating from Oberlin College. He earned an MFA in Fiction from Indiana University. Laymon is currently the Ottilie Schillig Professor of English and Creative Writing at the University of Mississippi. He served as the Distinguished Visiting Professor of Nonfiction at the University of Iowa in Fall 2017. Laymon is the author of the novel, Long Division and a collection of essays, How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America, the UK edition released in 2016.

Laymon has written essays, stories, and reviews for numerous publications including Esquire, McSweeney’s, The New York Times, ESPN the Magazine, Colorlines, NPR, LitHub, The Los Angeles Times, The Guardian, PEN Journal, Fader, Oxford American, The Best American Series, Ebony, Travel + Leisure, The Paris Review, and Guernica. His most recent memoir, Heavy, was released in October 2018 and his novel,  And So On, will be released in 2019, both from Scribner.

Past judges include 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.

About our Sponsor

This program is made possible by a generous grant from the Amazon Literary Partnership.



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