The Tin House Summer Residency is intended to support authors working on their second book (who have already published a full-length debut).

Application Requirements (to be submitted as one document):
Personal Essay (1500 words or less outlining your journey as a writer and description of the project you will be working on)
Writing Sample (from your second book)

  • Fiction and Nonfiction: One writing sample of no more than 7,500 words. A short story/essay or a portion of a novel or memoir may be submitted. If you are submitting a novel/memoir, please include a synopsis.
  • Poetry: Up to eight poems, totaling no more than 20 pages.
  • Translation: Please follow the requirements for the genre in the original language and submit both your translation and the original text.
  • Graphic Narrative: Project synopsis and up to 20 pages of the project (please upload everything except the project excerpt here. Email the project excerpt to

 No reference letters, please.


Authors who qualify for our Summer Residency will have published no more than one full-length manuscript by April 1st, 2020. Self-published books and English translations do not count toward this requirement.

Former Tin House Scholars and International Students may apply.

To apply for this residency you must be 21 years of age or older by July 1st, 2020.


We are monitoring CDC and state and local recommendations and will adjust the residency as needed. Should you receive the award and the need arise to cancel your travel to Portland (either on our or your end), we will honor the stipend and/or look to see if a future alternative time period will work for your stay.