Idaho’s Writer in Residence displays preeminent quality in the literary field, complemented by the ability to deliver compelling readings. Applicants are anonymous to the reviewers and are judged on the basis of existing work, a recording of their recitation, and professional history. The Writer in Residence gives at least four annual readings throughout the state with an emphasis on presenting in rural communities. Recipients are limited to two nonconsecutive terms and are no longer eligible for a Literature Fellowship.

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.