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Volume 26, Number 8 — August 2018

Arts Calendar

Sundress Academy accepting applications for Residency Fellowship

Date(s):  August 06 - September 01, 2018
Location:  Knoxville,

KNOXVILLE, TN — The Sundress Academy for the Arts announces they are accepting applications for a new fellowship in long-form journalism and/or nonfiction. The Fourth Estate Residency fellowship comes with a two-week residency during the spring or summer residency periods as well as a $500 stipend.

In the age of anti-journalism and “fake news," they academy says it believes it is more important than ever to give journalists and writers time to research, write and revise work that delves into the events and issues of our time. A group of 10 writers (Camille Dungy, Eliza Griswold, Patrick Hicks, Ilyse Kusnetz — in memoriam, Kathryn Miles, Viet Thanh Nguyen, Brian Turner, Sholeh Wolpe, Elliott Woods and Sunil Yapa) have joined together to make this possible. Although several of them work in writing disciplines outside of journalism, they believe it is crucial to support the work of journalists especially in a time when the entire profession is under threat.

This fellowship is intended to give writers space and time to continue to do this important and necessary work. Applicants may work in any journalistic medium writing (traditional journalism or literary nonfiction), podcasting, vlogging, etc.

The SAFTA farmhouse is located on a working farm that rests on a 45-acre wooded plot in a Tennessee “holler” perfect for hiking, camping and nature walks. Located less than a half-hour from downtown Knoxville, SAFTA is an ideal location for those looking for a rural get-away with access to urban amenities

The residency bedrooms are 130 sq. ft. with queen-size platform bed, closet, dresser, and desk. There is also a communal kitchen supplied with stove, refrigerator, and microwave plus cookware and diningware. The office and library have two working computers one Mac, one PC with access to Adobe Creative Cloud. The library contains more than 800 books with a particularly large contemporary poetry section and, thanks to the Wardrobe, many recent titles by women and nonbinary writers. The facility also includes a full-size working 19th-century full-size letterpress with type, woodworking tools, and a 1930s drafting table.

SAFTA is accepting applications for its spring/summer residency period, which runs from Dec. 31 to Aug. 11, 2019. The deadline for The Fourth Estate Residency fellowship applications is Sept. 1.

To apply for the Sundress Academy for the Arts residency, you need the following:

- Application form (including artist's statement and contact information for two references)

- CV or artist's resume (optional)

- Artist sample (see website for more details on genre specifications)

- Application fee of $15 or $10 for current students (with student email) payable online*

Also let the academy know if you would like to be considered for a residency even if you are not awarded this particular fellowship. For the spring, they also have fellowships for LGBTQIA writers; for the summer, they offer fellowships for writers and artists of color.

For more information, visit

*Application fee will be waived for those applying who demonstrate financial need. State this in your application under the financial need section.

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