All necessary guidelines are included here and on our website. Please, visit twhpoetry.org. If you have further questions, e-mail us at twhtribe@twhpoetry.org.

Retreat Dates: December 26-30, 2022
Submission Fee: $40  
Submission Q&A Session: July 23, 2022, 11:00-Noon Eastern

Pre-Register for Link to Q&A: Questions about the submission process, judging process, retreat logistics and more! https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcqcuyspzMqGt3OuhF8GitWwBSKw48YmzCj


What's The Watering Hole Manuscript Coaching Fellowship?  The purpose of this fellowship is to give up to six unpublished poets of color guidance with their manuscript-in-progress. The poets will spend time in community with each other and under the guidance of one of our former TWH Retreat facilitators. (This is not the application for the Writing Workshop track.)  
Location: Hickory Knob State Park, McCormick, S.C.
Manuscript Coach:  Franny Choi


This program includes 

  • Daily virtual classes focused on advanced aspects of manuscript preparation.
  • Peer Review feedback on a 35 to 45 page manuscript
  • An individual coaching session with the Manuscript Coach
  • Access to all Winter Retreat events (including craft talks, readings, keynote, etc.). Fellows may also opt to spend this time revising their manuscript.

If you apply for this fellowship and do not get in, you will automatically be considered for The Watering Hole Writing Workshop.


What's the Applications Process? Submission Components:  

  1. A Query Letter and 
  2. A Manuscript of 10 pages of poetry here on Submittable. 

If you need help with the basic query letter format, click here for sample outline.  Write the letter addressed to a press that you'd eventually want to publish with. A Manuscript consists of Title Page + Table of Contents + Acknowledgement Page (for previously published poems) + Sample Manuscript (10 pages). A poem may be multiple pages, but no more than one poem per page is permitted.     

Notes:
***We ask for a query letter, because once you have one written, you can use it to apply for lots of manuscript publishing opportunities across the industry. Not just for TWH. It just a great tool to have in your toolbox. Writing it to your ideal press carries some energetic weight, too. You might want to pin it to your wall, so that you can see it every day.


Eligibility:

  • Applicants must be 21 years of age by December 25th.
  • Applicants cannot have a full-length collection either published or under contract for publication.
  • Poetry must be original, not translations.

 

What's the Review Process? Applications are reviewed and accepted by The Watering Hole graduate fellows who have published at least one book. They have a vested interest in continuing to build TWH Tribe with a wide variety of talents, backgrounds, and aesthetics.  

While under review, preference is given to...  



What if my Application is Accepted?

  •  Acceptance letters will be e-mailed by September 1. 
  • Turn in your full manuscript of 35 to 45 pages by October 1, along with a deposits of 50%. 
  • The registration fee must be paid in full by November 15. 
  • Each fellow reviews five of their peer's manuscripts from October 1 to December 1.
  • December 26-30: Fellows meet for the Retreat and turn in their peer reviews.  

You can find some basic information at twhpoetry.org, but we are in the process of updating our website for 2020 and 2021 . When the time comes, The Watering Hole will send out information about online payment options and the welcome packet upon acceptance.


Additional Information  

  • The Watering Hole sponsors between 50% and 75% (depending on the year) of every fellow's fees. Your portion of this year's registration price comes to $699, unless you upgrade to a private room or double.



Where Can I Find More Information and Link with Tribe Members?  


Retreat Dates: December 26-30, 2021
Submission Fee: $25
Submission Q&A Session: July 23, 2022, 11:00-Noon Eastern

Pre-Register for Link to Q&A: Questions about the submission process, judging process, retreat logistics and more! https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcqcuyspzMqGt3OuhF8GitWwBSKw48YmzCj

What is The Watering Hole Retreat?
The retreat features living room style daily classes/workshops, daily craft talks, two readings, one performance workshop, a keynote speech, group writing challenges, and a genuine community. Our mission is to build Tribe through genuine relationships and help poets reach their best work. (This is not the application for the Manuscript Coaching Fellowship.)

Location: Hickory Knob State Park, McCormick, S.C.
Writing Facilitators: DaMaris B. Hill and Julian Randall
Writing & Performance Facilitator:  Boris "Bluz" Rogers



What's the Application Process?

  1. A Cover Letter (with aesthetics statement) and 
  2. A writing sample of 3 poems 



Eligibility: You must be 21 years of age by December 25th.


Additional Help:
The poems may be written or audio. We accept a variety of file types. The poems must have been written within the last two years). Do not include your name on these materials. Judging will be blind.

The cover letter must be written (not audio). If you need help with the basic cover letter format, check out our blog post of Cover Letter Advice.

The type of aesthetics statement that we ask for is a paragraph or two that details...

  1. who influences your writing,
  2. what challenges have you faced on your creative journey,
  3. what you seek to accomplish in your poems,
  4. and what The Watering Hole means to you as a writer of color.

This will contextualize the poems in your submission and help us get to know you as an artist. You may also optionally include how your writing or aesthetic informs what you do, where you work, or any work you do in the arts community or vice versa.

Make certain your submission is your final version. Corrections and new versions will not be accepted.

Notes:
***We ask for a sample of your recent poetry, because we don't want to see "hits from the '80s." We want to get to know you through your current artistic voice.
***We ask for an aesthetics statement, because once you have one written, you can use it to apply for lots of writing opportunities across the industry. Not just for TWH. It just a great tool to have in your toolbox.


What's the Review Process?
New applications are reviewed and accepted by The Watering Hole graduate fellows. They have a vested interest in continuing to build TWH Tribe with a wide variety of talents, backgrounds, and aesthetics.

While under review, preference is given to...

 

What if my Application is Accepted?
You can find some basic information at twhpoetry.org, but we are in the process of updating our website. When the time comes, The Watering Hole will send out information about online payment options and the welcome packet upon acceptance.


Additional Information

  • The Watering Hole sponsors between 50% and 75% (depending on the year) of every fellow's fees. Your portion of this year's registration price comes to $699.
  • Acceptance letters will be e-mailed by September 1. Deposits of 50% must be made by November 30 and the registration fee must be paid in full by November 15.
  • The first 10 fellows to pay for the retreat in full will receive a one-on-one meeting with the facilitator of their choice.
  • December 26-30: Fellows meet for the Retreat.

 

Where Can I Find More Information and Link with Tribe Members?


The Watering Hole