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General Applications: Deadline is May 1st


Short Fiction
Creative Nonfiction

Scholarship Applications: Deadline was April 1st 

Short Fiction Scholarship
Novel Scholarship
Creative Nonfiction Scholarship
Poetry Scholarship

Auditor Applications: Deadline is May 31st



A board composed of Tin House Workshop editorial staff members decides upon applications. Acceptance is based on the strength and promise of the writing sample, as well as how much the board feels an applicant might benefit from the Workshop.

The average turnaround time for applications is six weeks.

We will begin admitting applicants March 1st.

The general application deadline is May 1st.

Participants may only attend our workshops (including Winter) for three consecutive years. If you have attended in 2014, 2015, and 2016, we kindly ask that you apply again in 2018.

If you wish to apply in multiple genres, you must submit a separate application for each genre. This includes short fiction and the novel.

Including scholarship applications, we average around 1,100 applications per summer. Our acceptance rate in 2016 was 27%.

Tin House Scholars

Tin House will once again be awarding both full (includes room and board) and tuition scholarships for our Summer Workshop.

For 2017, we are pleased to announce an expansion of the number of scholarships offered, from thirteen to fifteen. This was made possible by a private donation that was inspired by a talk given by Kiese Laymon during our 2016 Summer Workshop. As the focus of that lecture was a discussion on who is given access to literary institutions such as Tin House, this donation was intended to encourage writers of color to seek fellowships for the workshop.

A board composed of editors from Tin House Magazine, Books, and the Workshop staff selects the final award winners based on the execution and promise of the manuscript. Please do not send letters of recommendation.

The deadline for scholarship applications is April 1st, 2017

We will notify scholarship recipients by email by April 26, 2017.

All scholarship applicants will also be considered for general admission (meaning you do not need to submit a general application as well).

All Tin House Scholars will have a spot in the workshop held for them, however, we cannot guarantee that it will be with one of your top three faculty choices.

One may be awarded a scholarship once (this includes Winter Scholarships).

While we do not offer a fee waiver, we are more than happy to spread the $40 application fee out over several months. If you would like to learn more abut this, please email Lance@tinhouse.com.


A full auditor’s pass ($300) gives you access to all craft lectures, agent/editor meetings, and our evening faculty readings. There will also be an opportunity for a select number of you to exchange manuscripts with your fellow auditors. While we don’t allow auditors to sit in the actual workshop sessions with the faculty, you will get the chance to interact with them during many of the social functions we throw daily. One of the great things about our workshop is the lack of hierarchy. Everyone, no matter their publishing credentials, is treated the same.

Applications for the auditing program can be found here.