Renaissance House provides a safe and inspirational environment for artists with special talents. A residency at Renaissance House consists of accommodations, meals, lectures and fellowship meetings for up to two weeks.

    Residents are selected by our admissions panels, which are comprised of a revolving group of distinguished professionals in each artistic discipline.

    Eligibility
    We accept applications from artists working in all aspects of literary and verbal arts as long as the work is issue oriented in some way.
    That includes but is not limited to: poetry, memoir, mystery, journalism, comic books, non-fiction, plays, screen plays, legitimate stage plays, experimental plays, documentaries, novels and anything to do with words.
    All of the works must be of a high quality; our criterion for acceptance is not just excellence but need is a major component as is desire and lack of opportunity.

    Renaissance House encourages applications from artists representing the widest possible range of perspectives and demographics. To that end, both emerging and established writers are invited to apply. We encourage the domestic worker who writes in her spare time after her children have gone to bed as well as the PhD candidate working on their thesis.

    Renaissance House is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination and equal opportunity for all persons regardless of race, sex, color, religion, creed, national origin or ancestry, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, and disability. No one with the AIDS virus, ARC, or HIV shall be denied admission as long as he/she is otherwise qualified.

    Application periods and deadlines
    Application deadlines are not postmark deadlines; all required materials must be received at Renaissance House in NYC or on line at renaissancehse@aol.com. We accept applications on a rolling basis.

    Application process
    All applicants must download Renaissance House's online application form.

    > Download Application Form

    After submitting the online form, applicants must be sure that the work samples are received by timely.

    Work samples
    Work samples supporting the proposed project and completed within the past four years are requested. The name of the applicant should appear on each sample. Applicants unable to submit new work for the panel to review should include a note of explanation. Those whose proposed project does not fall clearly within an artistic discipline should contact the Admissions office to discuss.

    SINGLE PARENTS
    We are accepting applications from single parents.

    Work samples supporting the proposed project and completed within the past four years are requested. The name of the applicant should appear on each sample. Applicants unable to submit new work for the panel to review should include a note of explanation. Those whose proposed project does not fall clearly within an artistic discipline should contact the Admissions office to discuss.

    Collaborations
    Artists collaborating on a project must submit individual application forms and appropriate work samples, along with a joint description of the work they intend to do at Renaissance House. Work space needs should be clearly specified (i.e. whether or not separate studios are required), and an example of a previous collaborative work (either completed or in progress) may also be submitted. Admission status is determined by averaging the individual application scores of all collaborators.

    Processing fee
    There is no processing fee.

    Fees
    The fee for the entire program is $900 per week.

    Scholarships
    Scholarships are offered to returning alumni.

    Financial assistance
    Scholarships are offered only to returning alumni who need subsidies to continue with their work. Those candidates will be asked to submit proof of their income. Acceptance is financially blind folded.

    Stipends
    We deeply regret not being able to grant stipends, travel expenses or child care coverage at this point.

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    > Contact the Admissions Department