Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts

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Call for Entries: 2021 Summer Residency Program

If you have landed on this page directly without visiting our website first, we strongly encourage you to read more about our residency program, the application guidelines, and residency FAQs before beginning your application.


Each year, the Saltonstall Foundation awards free residencies to artists and writers who are residents of New York State and Indian Nations therein. We support artists and writers working in the following disciplines:

  • Poetry
  • Fiction & Creative Nonfiction
  • Photography & Filmmaking
  • Painting | Sculpture | Visual Arts

NEW in 2021: Accessible space for an artist or writer! We are currently building an accessible addition. It includes a private accessible living space with a roll-in shower, a private accessible studio (for a visual artist or writer), a shared accessible kitchen and dining area, accessible laundry facilities, and an adjoining private suite for a personal care assistant if needed.

COVID, the unwanted guest

We’re under no illusions: The coronavirus will be with us — in some way — through next summer. That said, we’re planning a 2021 residency season because we believe we can offer a safe residency experience in a way that is responsible and responsive to the needs of artists and writers while protecting their health and that of our staff and local community.

To all applicants: We will very likely have covid-related protocols in place for the residency season. These may include (but won’t be limited to) a covid-test requirement and some degree of travel restriction before you arrive at Saltonstall. Please be aware of what we may ask of you if accepted for a residency. We take this pandemic, your health, and the health of our community seriously.


A Saltonstall residency is a small community. We strive to provide a quiet, inviting, respectful, and nurturing community for creative individuals looking for uninterrupted time to focus on their craft.

There are just five individuals in residence at a time: one poet, one fiction or creative nonfiction writer, one photographer or filmmaker, and two visual artists. Each group of five arrives and departs at the same time.

We believe in and value a diverse community of creative individuals. To that end, we hope that all artists and writers feel welcome to apply for a residency, regardless of one’s level of education, experience, race, age, sex, religious belief, marital status, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or national origin.

There is no cost to attend Saltonstall and no application fee associated with this application. Additionally, to help offset travel to Ithaca and other personal expenses, we have increased our stipends to $750 for each month-long Fellow, $375 for each two-week Fellow, and $200 for each artist/writer attending the six-night residency for parents.  

All applicants must be at least twenty-one (21) years of age and must be residents of New York State or Indian Nations therein ** (all counties). Residencies are for individual artists and writers. We are unable to accommodate groups or pairs of people working together. It is expected that those selected for a residency live at Saltonstall for the duration of the residency period.

Dates for our 2021 residencies are as follows

Our second annual six-night residency for artist/writer parents:

  • Thursday, June 3 – Wednesday, June 9

Please note: this residency is strictly for artist/writer parents who have at least one dependent child (under 18) at home.

This residency is designed to be a period of solitude and focus for artists; as such, we ask that children and other family members remain home.

Our four-week residencies:

  • Monday, June 14 - Monday, July 12
  • Monday, July 19 - Monday, August 16
  • Monday, August 23 - Monday, September 20

Our two-week residencies:

  • Monday, September 27 - Monday, October 11
  • Saturday, October 16 - Saturday, October 30

Applicants may apply for either our pilot 6-night residency for parents or the month-long residency or a two-week residency (not a combination). For those applying for the longer residencies, you will be given an opportunity to rank your choice of dates within the application. 

All applicants (including those applying for the six-night residency for parents) may apply in more than one artistic or literary category, however a complete and separate application for each category is required.

Past Saltonstall Fellows (residency alumni) are welcome to apply. Work samples must be different than the work for which an alum was previously awarded the residency.  

APPLICATION DEADLINE: 11:59 pm on Saturday, January 23, 2021

- We convene a different jury for each discipline. Jurors serve anonymously and change each year. 

- Your application is considered solely on the merit of your work sample and your artist's and writer's statement. 

- Your work and statement are presented anonymously to the jury, and it is the only part of your application that they see. 

- All applicants are notified on or before April 2, 2021.

- For accessibility accommodations regarding our application form, please email

Please note: Since our jurying process is anonymous, it is very important that you do not identify yourself in any way within your statement or work samples. Do not include information such as your name or your age.

- Do not credential yourself. For example, your writer's or artist's statement should not mention where or when you went to school or where you've been published, exhibited, etc. Simply talk about the work that the jury is reviewing.

If there are errors, you will not have an opportunity to fix them, and your application will be disqualified. We don't want that to happen!

Please carefully review the instructions for the discipline in which you are applying before you begin the application process. Good luck! 

** To be eligible for a Saltonstall residency, you must be a resident of New York State or an Indian Nation therein.

What does this mean? Simply put, you must be currently living in the State of New York. If you are a resident of New York State, you generally have some combination of the following:

  • a New York State voter registration card
  • a New York State driver’s license
  • proof of a lease or mortgage for real property in New York State
  • utility bills for your New York State place of residence
  • New York State income tax returns
  • New York State bank accounts

We apologize that we cannot accept your application if you are currently living elsewhere and plan to move back to New York in time for the residency. We will be happy to receive your application in the following year once you are a full-time New York State resident.


Please take a moment and reflect on whether or not you would accept a residency if selected. (Because it might happen!) Our Call for Entries —  from initial announcement to jurying to selection — takes a significant amount of time, financial resources, and human resources. We hope you’ll apply  with intention and be ready to say “yes!” if offered a residency.

ATTENTION AS OF 11:15PM SATURDAY THE 23RD: Due to an unexpected restriction on our allotted no-fee applications with Submittable tonight (Saturday), we are required to charge you a fee in order to receive your application. We are very sorry about this. 

The minimum fee allowed by Submittable is $2. We are committed to our “no fee” process and will refund this $2 as soon as possible. 

We are overjoyed, embarrassed, but thankful for your patience and talents. 

Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts