Application Checklist

Mesa Refuge welcomes a diverse group of writers, filmmakers, audio journalists and other creatives—both emerging and established—who are defining and/or offering solutions to the pressing issues of our time. Particularly, it is our priority to support writers focusing on “ideas at the edge” of the areas of nature, human economy and social equity.

We recommend that you SAVE YOUR WRITING on your computer as you go, and then upload it to this application when you’re ready. Though our system does save your application so that you can work on it over time, internet connections are mysterious and we wouldn’t want you to lose any of your work. It has happened.

The Mesa Refuge will contact all applicants eight weeks after the application deadline.

  • Complete Application Form

  • Upload a brief statement of your proposed project

  • Upload a current resume

  • Upload a writing sample

  • Have two letters of reference sent to us directly

  • Pay $40 application fee


  • Contact Information

  • Preferred Dates of Residence

  • Please select two residency preferences, indicating first and second choices. Residents are selected independent of date preferences. While every effort is made to accommodate desired session dates, your first and second session choices may not be available.
  • Applicant Questions

  • In a brief 500 character paragraph that we can use for outreach, please craft a short description that includes your education, work, featured publications, and one other thing you think we might be interested to know.
  • Upload files

  • Accepted file types: txt, doc, docx, pdf, rtf.
  • Accepted file types: txt, doc, docx, pdf, rtf.
  • Accepted file types: jpg, png, pdf.
    Please upload a high-resolution HORIZONTAL publicity photo (at least 300px wide X 225px high).
  • Accepted file types: txt, doc, docx, pdf, rtf.
    Upload a single sample of your work - essays, articles, excerpts from a book, 5-7 poems. If film or audio, please give us a link to see a concise sample of your work.
  • References

  • Two letters of references from people familiar with your work. At lease one reference should know you well personally and be able to address how you would live in community. They should be emailed directly from the referee to, with your name in the subject line.
  • Price: $40.00
    We request a $40 fee to cover administrative costs for processing and evaluating your application. Click "submit" when you are ready, and you will be led to our Paypal page, where you can pay by credit card or Paypal.
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Spring 2018 Residency Dates

Complete applications due December 1, 2017
  • Session 1: Mar 23 - Apr 5
  • Session 2: Apr 6 - 19
  • Session 3: Apr 20 - May 3
  • Session 4: May 4 - 17
  • Fall 2018 Residency Dates

    Complete applications due June 1, 2018
  • Session 1: Sept 14 - 27
  • Session 2: Sept 28 - Oct 11
  • Session 3: Oct 12 - 25
  • Session 4: Oct 26 - Nov 8
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