In the summer of 2019, the Norton Island Residency for Writers and Artists will celebrate its 20th year and its 39th & 40th residency sessions.

Session One: June 14 - June 25, 2019
Session Two: July 10 - July 21, 2019

Both sessions are open to first-time applicants and Norton Island alumni. Please apply to the session that best suits you.

To apply, fill out and submit the online application. Or, if you prefer, download, print and mail a paper application. A jury will select 16 writers of fiction, poetry, drama and nonfiction; four visual artists; and two musicians to fill the two sessions.

There is a $35 tax-deductible application fee.

Once accepted, residents are asked to pay a residency fee of $125 per person. This is separate from the application fee, and will be put toward meals and general facility maintenance during the residency session. Any additional expenses for room and board will be covered by the residency.

A $50 deposit is due upon acceptance. The remainder of the residency fee will not be due until three weeks before the session commences.

Please note: select scholarships are available to residents of limited means. Please indicate your interest in a scholarship in the "Other Information" section of the residency application. Upon acceptance, scholarship applications will be made available to you.

Travel (and travel expenses) to Bangor Airport (for those residents that are flying) or to Hopkins Point Road in Jonesport (for those residents that are driving) are the responsibility of residents. Transportation from Bangor Airport to Norton Island will be made available to non-driving residents, free of charge.

Committees of independent jurors review all applications. They are instructed to choose on the basis of talent alone. Competition is stiff for a limited number of spaces. However, because committees review on talent alone, lesser-known artists are often accepted and accommodated.