The Boston Literary District in partnership with Emerson College is offering a residency in downtown Boston between July 15th and August 15th to a writer from New England. This opportunity will afford the resident space in which to live and work for up to one month, as well as access to other benefits from our partners.

The resident will live in the provided apartment at no cost and participate in discussions with an online class of Emerson MFA students. Other readings and public opportunities may be arranged at the artist’s convenience.

Applicants must be current residents of Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Vermont, New Hampshire, or Maine. Individuals who will be enrolled in a graduate or undergraduate program at the time of the residency are ineligible. Writers of color and other underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.


The apartment is furnished, with a home office, a fully equipped kitchen, and easy access to a number of train lines. Please enquire if you have particular accessibility needs.


Applicants must submit a one-page cover letter outlining how they would benefit from this residency and the desired dates and duration (minimum two weeks in the stated period), as well as no more than fifteen pages of fiction, nonfiction, or poetry. All applications will be read anonymously by a panel of judges.

Read about our current writer-in-residence, Justine Chang.