Open Call

Oatmeal Creek 2020 Residency Open Call

Oatmeal Creek

With Funding
Bertram, United States


Oatmeal Creek is open to individual applicants worldwide. Applicants must be at least 21 years old as of January 1 of the year of residency to which they are applying. Applicants should be fluent in the English language. Chosen residents are expected to be highly motivated, self-sustained, and capable of managing their own schedule. The property is non-smoking and drug free. The facilities are currently not ADA accessible and the residency is unable to accommodate people with disabilities or significantly impaired mobility.

Number of Participants

Each year Oatmeal Creek awards three separate 21-day residencies between late February and mid May. Each residency period is reserved for an individual resident. An open call for applications will begin on August 1, 2019 and close on August 31, 2019. Notification of acceptance will occur no later than November 1, 2019.


Selection Results (Announcement Dates)


February 29, 2020 - May 16, 2020


  • $750.00 stipend (one-time)


  • $25.00 application fee


Desk Space, Individual Studio, Library


Kitchen, Live/Work, Private Bathroom, Private Housing, Private Room


No meals

Public Programs

Professional Development, Readings, Self-Directed


Fiction, Journalism, Literature, Nonfiction, Playwriting, Poetry, Screenwriting



Program Description

The facilities of Oatmeal Creek and the 240 acres of protected land provide the opportunity for solitude and self-discovery. The program is open to emerging and established writers of all genres—fiction, non-fiction, poetry, playwriting, and screenplay. The residency provides a fully equipped private residence at no additional cost. Residents are responsible for their own food, materials, and transportation to the residency. Applicants are each evaluated by a diverse selection committee with experience in writing and reading. Applicants will be required to sign a Residency contract, the House Rules document and a Liability Disclaimer before arrival at Oatmeal Creek. These documents will be shared with the finalists before choosing the awarded applicants. There are opportunities for residents to do a local reading or provide a community workshop at the Joann Cole Mitte Memorial Library in Bertram.

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