Blue Mountain Center

Supporting writers, artists and activists in Blue Mountain Lake, New York

Residency Application FAQs

Q: When will I be notified if I am accepted?
A: Notifications for the 2020 season will be sent out by March 27.

Q: Do you accept international applicants?
A: Yes.

Q: Do you ask for references?
A: No.

Q: What do you mean by “established” artists?
A: We do not offer classes, workshops or tutorials. The purpose of BMC’s program is to provide space for motivated and organized individuals who are looking for a quiet space free from the typical distractions of life to concentrate on their work. We find “established” is an easy way to weed out people who are looking for more guidance or structure. We discourage students from applying to a BMC Residency.

Q: My work fits into more than just one category. How should I proceed?
A: We ask you to designate a category/genre on your application that best fits the work you intend to do while at BMC. Your designated preliminary reading should be in that same category. Applicants are permitted to apply in a second category (as a second application) if they wish.

Q: Should I send new or previously published work?
A: We suggest that applicants send work they feel is their strongest, irrespective of whether it has been published.

Q: I’m a poet. Do I need to double-space my poems?
A: Poets should feel free to submit their poems as they would like them to be read.

Q: Does the Work Plan have to be anonymous?
A: No.  Only the writing sample has to be anonymous.

Q: I’m a playwright. Can I send my entire play?
A: Playwrights are welcome to submit a 30-page writing sample.

Q: Do you have a simpler way for me to determine if my images are the right size?
A: A rule of thumb is to make sure each picture is less than 5 MB. Or if you prefer to have an exact size — a simple size format is for each JPEG to be 800 x 600 pixels at 72 pixels/inch. We'll let you know if your pictures are incorrectly sized.

Q: What is your return policy for alums?
A: Applicants are allowed to come to BMC two out of every four years (you can come two years in a row, but then must skip two years). Preference is given to first-time applicants.

Q: How should filmmakers present their samples?
A: Filmmakers should send us a Vimeo link to their work. Applicants should designate a 10-minute section for preliminary viewing.

Q: Can visual artists submit videos documenting time/motion-based artwork?
A: Yes, we welcome video documentation. Visual artists can send both JPEGs and a 10-minute Vimeo link to motion-based artwork.

Q: Does BMC offer financial aid?

A: In 2017 we launched the Resident Support Fund, a donor-advised fund that currently provides financial assistance to African American and women author/artists of color applicants who require additional resources to participate in our programs. Individuals may request funds after they are accepted to a residency.

Photo credits: Trevor Nathan (Home), Karin Hayes (Community, Support Us, & Contact), & Jan Mammey (Apply).

Photo credits: Trevor Nathan (Home), Karin Hayes (Community, Support Us, & Contact), & Jan Mammey (Apply).