$ 15.00

Weeksville Summer Arts Residency

July 27-29, 2016

Weeksville Heritage Center, Brooklyn, NY

The Weeksville Summer Arts Residency, a member of the Willow Arts Alliance (WAA), is a three-day event held at the Weeksville Heritage Center, Brooklyn’s largest African American cultural institution. The goal of this residency is to provide multidisciplinary artists of color a nurturing and inspiring space for work and collaboration. Activities include master classes, readings, craft talks, performances, and a tour of Weeksville, a 19th century African American community founded in 1838. Applicants selected to attend become WAA Fellows and participate in master classes with an Artist-in-Residence. One Fellow will be awarded a featured reading and development for publication by Willow Books. An annual anthology will be published containing the work of the WAA Fellows and WAA Artists-in-Residence. 

The postmark deadline to apply for a fellowship is June 30, 2016.  Fellows and scholarship winners will be notified of their acceptances via email by July 1, 2016. Payment of the registration fee ($150) must be completed by the first day of the residency, July 27, 2016.

Formatting Guidelines

Style and genre open. Submit prose and poetry manuscripts as pdfs not exceeding 10 pages (page total includes artwork). Manuscripts should be paginated and formatted in Adobe Calibri or Times New Roman, 11 pt. 

Submission Guidelines

Please submit your manuscript and nonrefundable submission fee via Submittable only. There is a $15 application fee. Payment must be included with the submission by the deadline. Once submitted, manuscripts cannot be edited or returned. Application fees are nonrefundable.


A limited number of need-based scholarships will be awarded. In the biographical statement section of the application, please explain your need and how the scholarship will be utilized if awarded. All scholarship winners will be notified by July 1, 2016. All scholarship decisions are final.

Additional Details Regarding the Residency

1.  Applicants who accept the fellowship and/or scholarship must attend all three days of the residency, or otherwise forfeit WAA Fellow status.

2.  Fellows must agree to participate in Aquarius Press/Willow Books' website-related publicity and allow use of their images and bios for promotional purposes.

3.  Fellows agree to observe all rules and regulations regarding the Weeksville facility.

4.  Fellows agree to contribute to the residency’s supportive atmosphere and will conduct themselves in a professional manner at all times.

5. Fellows agree to submit work for the 2016 anthology and will be provided one contributor’s copy.

6.  Fellows agree to indemnify and hold harmless Aquarius Press and all its representatives and affiliates and Weeksville Heritage Center from and against all losses, perceived or otherwise. In the case of cancellation due to weather or national emergency, the sponsors will notify Fellows of a rescheduled date.

7. All application and registration fees paid are nonrefundable.

8.  Terms and conditions are subject to change.

About the Willow Arts Alliance (WAA)

The Willow Arts Alliance is a network of organizations promoting multidisciplinary programming for artists of color in historic districts across the country and abroad. These hubs serve the motto “The Future of the Arts, with an Eye on the Past.” Core WAA Residencies are located in New York City, Detroit, Chicago, and Washington, D.C., with additional hubs slated for activation in the near future. The Alliance is a program of Willow Books, (a division of Aquarius Press), whose mission is to develop, publish and promote writers of color. After each residency is completed, Fellows and Artists-in-Residence remain an integral part of this growing network and benefit from future collaborations, exhibitions, performances, and opportunities for publication.


Ends on 9/1/2016$ 25.00
$ 25.00


Willow Books, the literary division of Aquarius Press, will be reading unsolicited manuscripts through September 1, 2016. This reading period is only for writers who have not previously been published by Aquarius Press/Willow Books. Our mission is to develop, publish and promote writers typically underrepresented in the market, and the reading period is open to all writers of color. Poetry manuscripts should be in the 48-96 page range, and fiction/nonfiction should be no longer than 180 pages. Scholarly titles covering literature, arts and the Humanities are also accepted, but they should be in proper format (MLA, APA, etc.).

The 2015-2016 Open Reading Period/Editor's Choice selection is Quenton Baker for This Glittering Republic.

This reading period is neither a contest nor is it exclusively for first books. Rather, it is a time for us to review manuscripts by writers who have not previously been published by our press. Genre/subject is open, but no “street lit” or erotica, please.

Submission Process:

If you wish to have us consider your manuscript, please upload a pdf to Submittable.com or visit this link: http://aquariuspress.submittable.com/submit

There is a reading fee of $25, payable via Submittable.

In order to be eligible for the reading period, submissions must be uploaded by September 1, 2016. Reading fees are nonrefundable and Aquarius Press/Willow Books in no way guarantees that a submitted manuscript will be accepted. The editors’ decisions are final.