This biennial grant 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.

Anonymous applications are adjudicated by a panel of out-of-state experts in the field. The Writer in Residence is required to engage with Idaho residents through readings, craft workshops, presentations, events or projects four times a year, throughout their appointment (6/8 in underserved communities). A final report is due by July 31, which must then be approved for the grantee to remain eligible for future funding.

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 prior to the application deadline

  • Final reports for past Commission grants and awards must be submitted and approved

  • 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