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THE RESIDENCY

APPLICATIONS FOR 2025-26 RESIDENCIES WILL BEGIN OCTOBER 1, 2024. 

In recognition of Merrill’s own contributions to Stonington, and his longstanding generosity, the fellowship provides living and working space and a $1,100 stipend to a writer to complete a project of literary or academic merit. Fellows are also hosted by local community members and organizations.

 Application Process Selection Criteria:
• A writer or scholar with a specific project of literary or academic merit who is committed to full-time residence in Stonington during his or her stay. Genres accepted: poetry, fiction, non-fiction, plays.
• A person willing to contribute to the community. It is expected that this will include a reading or a workshop for the community.
• A person of integrity and responsibility who can be entrusted with the Merrill Apartment and its contents.

About the residency

  • We have six residencies for 2024-25: September 2024 (4 weeks), October (4 weeks) November (4 weeks) February-mid March 2025 (6 weeks) April-mid May (6 weeks) August (4 weeks)

  • The Writer-in-Residence program includes a stipend of $1,100 per month, prorated according to the length of stay.


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Q&A ABOUT THE APPLICATION PROCESS

Have questions about the applications? Please review this list or message us if you have a question that is not answered here. 

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LIVING IN THE DAVID JACKSON APARTMENT

The Writer-in-Residence lives in the David Jackson Apartment and has unlimited access to the James Merrill Apartment. 

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WORKING IN THE MERRILL APARTMENT

The Writer-in-Residence has unlimited access to the James Merrill Apartment and its collections.

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LIVING IN STONINGTON

Stonington Borough lies halfway between Boston and New York.
It has independent restaurants, coffee houses, a library, a post office, and shops. A large farmers’ market runs year-round.

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CURRENT AND FORMER WRITERS-IN-RESIDENCE

See the list of our current and former fellows, and read their testimonies 

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