Deadline: Open call

Staunton Hill Center for Thought, Creativity and Production

Our secluded setting, where manmade and natural beauty abound, offers inspiration and quietude.

Open Call: Staunton Hill Center for Thought, Creativity and Production

Rarified retreat for writers, scholars, visual artists, creative thinkers, Brookneal, Virginia, United States

Description of Residency Program
The Staunton Hill Center for Thought, Creativity and Production (SH) hosts residencies twice yearly (April-June and September-November), for writers, scholars and creators at historic Staunton Hill located in bucolic Charlotte County, Virginia. Our secluded setting, where manmade and natural beauty abound, offers inspiration and quietude. We encourage applications representing the widest possible range of perspectives and demographics by those who are investigating an unlimited array of inquiries and concerns. The supportive and nurturing community ensure that during their time at SH, writers, scholars and creators will discover new directions, formulate ideas and produce work.

SH is housed in the historic Staunton Hill, which sits atop a bluff overlooking the Staunton River in rural Charlotte County, Virginia. Passing through the Staunton Hill gates, one immediately feels a weight lifting as quotidian concerns slip away. Adjusting to the rhythm of this remarkable place one feels a world away from contemporary life in both time and space. The effect is profoundly relaxing. One can see things clearly again, reconnect with one’s essential self and tap into the potential residing there.

Duration of residency
Typically 2 weeks to 2 months, with space to accommodate 8-10 artists at a time

Disciplines, work equipment and assistance
We welcome writers, scholars, visual artists and architects at any stage of their careers, as well as scientists, or any kind of creative thinker interested in exploring ideas and expanding their work in a supportive and intellectually engaging environment.

All bedrooms have writing surfaces or desks with proper light, and electric cords for charging computers. Most have en-suite bathrooms. Wi-Fi is intermittent and works better in some areas than in others. We rely on satellite service for Wi-Fi but our location has no broadband access. Cell phone service works depending on the carrier. There is one land-line telephone in the SH Office. Since this is a private residence, each bedroom feels like a room in a nice country house and is unique. Bedrooms are located adjacent to the main house on the two colonnaded wings and in cottages.

The newly renovated Hamlett House, which features modern kitchen amenities and sitting and dining rooms, serves as a gathering place for SH residents. Grounds include trails, saltwater pool and tennis court. There is also a game room and TV.  Laundry service can be arranged.

Residents are responsible for their own meals. Twice weekly trips into town are provided to take residents to the grocery, drug and hardware stores as well as post office. Laundry service can be arranged.

There is a large atelier-style studio for visual artists as well as a film screening room a short walk from the residential area.

Expectations of the residents
There is no requirement for presentations by residents although these are certainly appreciated. Residents are expected to keep their room and communal spaces clean and tidy and respect their fellow residents and neighbors by keeping noise to a minimum. The residency is a non-smoking environment. 

Fees and support
Residency fees are $375 per week, which includes housing, utilities, Wi-FI and other recreational amenities. We do not offer any financial support at this time.

Application information
Applicants may apply individually or as members of collaborative teams of two or three people. Applicants are selected based on their work samples and project proposals if applicable by panels composed of staff and professional peers. SH currently has an open call deadline.

To apply for Fall 2018 send the required application materials to

Required Application Materials:

  • application form (Go to to download application).
  • resume (limit about 1000-1500 words)
  • work samples 
  • two recommendation letters from people who can comment both on your work and your capacity for living in an artists’ community (please have your references email Sarah Sargent directly at
  • $40 application fee

Work samples must support the proposed project and should have been completed within the past 4 years. Applicants may upload up to 5 items.

WRITERS: Based on your genre, submit one of the following: (a) 5-10 poems (b) up to two short stories, essays or articles (c) up to 25 pages of a script (d) up to 25 pages of a book. If possible include a finished work along with your works-in-progress. Work must be submitted in English and in the genre for which you are applying. Your entire writing sample should not exceed 25 pages. PDFs (up to 10MB each)

VISUAL ARTISTS: Send three sets of the following: (a) up to six color digital images (standard jpg format, 72 dpi, no larger than 1MB), and (b) a corresponding sheet listing images by title, medium, size, and year of completion. Number each image and identify with your name. If possible, please include thumbnail images of the submitted work on your image list.

FILM/VIDEO: Submit video or images along with a description sheet of no more than one page contextualizing each segment. Images (up to 5MB each), Video (up to 250MB each), PDFs (up to 10MB each)

Collaboration: Must apply and be accepted individually

Geography: Open to US and non-US writers, scholars and creators

Additional eligibility information:

One application per artist per 24-month period.


Staunton Hill Center for Thought, Creativity and Production

Staunton Hill Center for Thought, Creativity and Production

United States of America

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