Writer’s Residency at The Roosevelt Hotel

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

Writers-in-Residency at The Roosevelt Hotel in New York City for Alumni of the Scholastic Awards

Residency Dates: June 24–29, 2018

The Writer’s Residency application is now closed.

All applicants will be notified of a decision in April 2018.


The Alliance for Young Artists & Writers and The Roosevelt Hotel are pleased to present a program initiative of the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Alumni Council, 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.


  • Must be a Scholastic Awards Alumni
  • Writers of poetry, fiction, prose, drama, journalism, memoir, and nonfiction 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

How to Apply

The Writer’s Residency application is now closed.

All applicants will be notified of a decision in April 2018.

About the Judge

Edwidge Danticat is the author of several books, including Breath, Eyes, Memory, an Oprah Book Club selection, Krik? Krak!, a National Book Award finalist, The Farming of BonesThe Dew BreakerCreate Dangerously, and Claire of the Sea Light. She is also the editor of The Butterfly’s Way: Voices from the Haitian Dyaspora in the United States, Best American Essays 2011, Haiti Noir and Haiti Noir 2. She has written six books for children and young adults, AnacaonaBehind the MountainsEight DaysThe Last MapouMama’s NightingaleUntwine, as well as a travel narrative, After the Dance. Her memoir, Brother, I’m Dying, was a 2007 finalist for the National Book Award and a 2008 winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for autobiography. She is a 2009 MacArthur fellow. Her next book, a work of nonfiction, The Art of Death: Writing the Final Story, was published in July 2017.

Past judges include Tina 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, close relatives of employees, and current members of the Alliance’s Alumni Council are not eligible for the Writer’s Residency.