Applications are open through March 15

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If you are a serious-minded, committed writer with a solid grounding in the fundamentals of fictional craft, you should consider applying to become a Kimbilio Fellow.

The retreat will take place on the SMU Campus in Taos, New Mexico from July 21-27, 2024.  You are required to attend the entire retreat, arriving for a 5:30pm dinner meeting on the 21st and departing on the morning of the 27th, no later than noon. Tuition is covered by Kimbilio, and we provide transportation to and from the airports in Albuquerque or Santa Fe. Participants are responsible for their own transportation to New Mexico as well as a small fee that partially covers the costs for room and board with the amount varying by size of the chosen accommodation.  Housing fees range between 250 and 600 dollars.  A small number of scholarships may be available to accepted Fellows. There is no application fee.

The application process consists of:

  • An essay of no more than 150 words describing what attending the Kimbilio Summer Retreat means for you or what you hope to gain from the experience.
  • A 20-page, double-spaced, 12-point font manuscript of fiction (short story or novel excerpt). If submitting a novel excerpt, you may include a short summary of no more than 200 words. Juries will not read beyond the page limit. The summary page does not count as part of the 20-page excerpt.

Apply through Submittable between now and March 15, 2024!