Manuscript Submission Guidelines

Developing a writing project? Aiming to create publishable work? Our workshops are perfect for you.

All students will have the opportunity to be published in the Poetry Center’s online literary magazine, Podium.

Students are selected by instructors on the basis of submission, which must be received by the deadline listed below. Scholarship applications are also due at that time.

Playwriting Master Class: Sunday, May 1, at 12 pm
Advanced workshops in Fiction, Poetry and Memoir: Friday, May 13, at 5 pm
Young Writers’ Workshop: Monday, May 23, at 5 pm

Submission Instructions

Manuscripts should consist of no more than:

6 typed pages of poetry (only one poem per page)
15 pages of prose (double-spaced)
20 pages of script (formatted)

Applicants to the Young Writers’ Workshop must submit up to 5 pages of writing (poetry or prose).

An application fee of $10—in the form of a check made out to 92nd Street Y or paid through Submittable—must accompany your submission. 

Only one fee is required per person, regardless of how many applications are submitted. No submission fee is necessary for the Young Writers’ Workshop. If you are applying to more than one workshop and would like to submit two different writing samples, please email the center directly.

For online applicants
Contact and biographical information should be entered in the Cover Letter field; indicate courses you are applying to in the Workshops field.

For those applying by post
Send your manuscript to:

Writing Program
92Y Unterberg Poetry Center
1395 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY 10128

Students will be notified via email. Once accepted, students are expected to register promptly so that notification of wait-listed students and those not accepted is not delayed. If you need to withdraw, please alert the Poetry Center so that someone from the wait-list may take your spot. If you must withdraw from a class, please refer to 92Y's refund policies.

Master Class

Fiction with Dana Spiotta
Playwriting with Branden Jacobs-Jenkins and Joshua Harmon

Advanced Summer Workshops

Poetry with Emily Fragos
Poetry with Tina Chang
Fiction with Myla Goldberg
Fiction with Paul La Farge
Memoir with Wendy Salinger

Young Writers' Workshop

A three-week summer intensive for high school students

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