Each spring, Lake Forest College, in conjunction with the &NOW Festival, sponsors emerging writers under forty years old—with no major book publication—to spend two months in residence at our campus in Chicago’s northern suburbs on the shore of Lake Michigan.
There are no formal teaching duties attached to the residency. Time is to be spent completing a manuscript, participating in the annual Lake Forest Literary Festival, and offering a series of public presentations.
The completed manuscript will be published (upon approval) by &NOW Books imprint, with distribution by Northwestern University Press.
The stipend is $10,000 with a housing suite and campus meals provided by the college.
2011 Winner (Poetry):
José Perez Beduya, whose book, Throng, will be released in October 2012 pending completion during his residency. (Guest Judge: Jennifer Moxley.)
2010 Winner (Prose):
Gretchen Henderson, whose book Galerie de Difformité, will be released in October 2011.
2009 Winner (Poetry):
Jessica Savitz, whose book Hunting is Painting, was released in October 2010.
Apply for the Madeline P. Plonsker Prize
Guidelines (Deadline April 1, every year):
We invite applications for a writer under forty years old, with no major book publication, to spend two months (February-March or March-April) in residence at Lake Forest College.
Cross-genre works are always welcome. Beyond this, even residency years (with odd year deadlines) look for prose writers. Odd residency years (with even years deadlines) look for poets.
- 2012 residency, deadline April 1, 2011: prose
- 2013 residency, deadline April 1, 2012: poetry
- 2014 residency, deadline April 1, 2013: prose
- 2015 residency, deadline April 1, 2014: poetry
- 2016 residency, deadline April 1, 2015: prose
- Curriculum vita
- No more than 30 pages of manuscript in progress
- A one-page statement of plans for completion
PLEASE NOTE: The author’s name should appear only on the cover page of the manuscript sample.
Department of English
Lake Forest College
555 N. Sheridan Road
Lake Forest, IL 60045.
Submissions must be postmarked by April 1, each year for consideration by judges Robert Archambeau, Davis Schneiderman, and Joshua Corey and that year’s guest judge.
Direct inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line: Plonsker Prize.
Davis Schneiderman is a multimedia artist and writer and the author or editor of eight print and audio works, including the novels Drain, Abecedarium, and Blank; the co-edited collections Retaking the Universe: William S. Burroughs in the Age of Globalization and The Exquisite Corpse: Chance and Collaboration in Surrealism’s Parlor Game; as well as the audio-collage Memorials to Future Catastrophes. His first short story collection, there is no appropriate #emoji—with collaborations from Lance Olsen, Cris Mazza, Kelly Haramis, Stacy Levine, Tim Guthrie, Andi Olsen, and Megan Milks—will be released in Fall 2019.
His work has also appeared in numerous publications, including Fiction International, The Chicago Tribune, The Iowa Review, and TriQuarterly.
He is Krebs Provost and Dean of the Faculty at Lake Forest College.