Writers in Paradise

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Writers in Paradise 2021

January 16-23*

Our submission period for the 2021 conference is now closed.

We will make a final decision on whether to hold our event in person in the next few days based on the latest college guidelines and CDC policies.  In the event that the in-person edition of WIP 2021 has to be cancelled, we will move the programming for the in-person 2021 conference to 2022.  

For 2021, we will make available to all 2021 applicants an exclusive two-day online webinar with faculty only featuring craft talks, conversations, Q&A, and readings at no additional charge (the non-refundable $25-app-fee will be the only charge).

  • No workshops or manuscript critiquing will take place during the virtual event.
  • The virtual event is not meant to replicate an in-person conference, but instead offer those who took the time to apply a chance to engage via Q&A with our faculty while learning about writing.
  • All applicants will have access to the 2-day virtual event.  (You will not need to be accepted to have access to the virtual event.  All those who applied will be given access.)
  • The 2-day virtual event will take place some time during the week of the conference, between January 16-23.  Exact dates will be announced in November.
  • Conversation and Craft Talk topics will be announced.

PLEASE DO NOT MAKE ANY TRAVEL OR LODGING RESERVATIONS UNTIL WE ANNOUNCE THE 2021 PLANS IN NOVEMBER.  Visit writersinparadise.com for the latest conference details or email wip@eckerd.edu for more information.


2020 is a year that will be seared in our collective memory for a series of tragic events that have led to an important and intense national conversation on racial equity. Writers in Paradise is an organization devoted to the encouragement and development of a diverse spectrum of emerging writers, helping them refine a craft critical in the effort to educate, entertain and move the world. Beyond the writers we assist every winter, this year we make this modest attempt to extend our impact in supporting emerging and diverse voices:  we will make a charitable donation in an amount equal to $10 for every application for WIP 2021 to the Cave Canem Foundation, a 501-c-3 non-profit literary service organization.  Cave Canem, "a home for black poetry," was founded by Toi Derricotte and Cornelius Eady in 1996 to remedy the under-representation and isolation of African American poets in the literary landscape.  Cave Canem Foundation is a home for the many voices of African American poetry and is committed to cultivating the artistic and professional growth of African American poets.  Its honorary directors include: Elizabeth Alexander, Lee Briccetti, Barbara Bristol, Nikky Finney, Nikki Giovanni, Marilyn Hacker, Terrance Hayes, Bob Holman, Yusef Komunyakaa, Dawn Lundy Martin, E. Ethelbert Miller, Walter Mosley, Sharon Olds, and Tim Seibles.


Please click on any workshop below for specific submission and manuscript guidelines.  If you plan to apply for any fellowships or scholarships, the funding application is embedded within the below categories.  

Thank you.

Writers in Paradise