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Silver Creek Writers Residency announces its sponsorship with

Storyfort at the Treefort Music Fest

March 22-26, 2017




FICTION: Joel Wayne for Roll On Columbia, Roll On

NONFICTION: Kim McCrae for The Island

POETRY:  Cameron McGill for After Work and Other Poems

Thanks to all applicants for sharing your work and making the jury process incredibly tough!


What’s your wild west? Whether it’s your contemplation of wilderness landscapes, or your characters living wildly in the new urban west, or a lyrical ride into the sunset of an open road, we leave the interpretation up to you. Take your literary license and drive.

The Wild West Literary Contests are three separate contests: Short fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. We will select three different winning applicants, therefore each application must be for one genre only. You may apply separately for another genre, but you can only win in one. Send us your best work of publishable quality. By the way, we love genre-breaking work; we merely ask that you respect the “non” when submitting nonfiction.

Winners will be invited and expected to attend and read their work at Boise’s Storyfort, the friendliest lit fest in the West. Storyfort is one of the many “forts” of Boise, Idaho’s hip and huge Treefort Music Fest, March 22-26, 2017.

Winners also receive:

  • $300 cash prize
  • Discount pass to Treefort Music Fest and the many “Forts” (from Alefort to Yogafort)
  • “Micro-residency” at Silver Creek Writers Residency in beautiful Sun Valley, ID (7-10 days, Fall 2017)
  • Invitation to “Prefort” lit jam in Sun Valley, ID (Feb 24-25, 2017)
  • Travel grants may be available

Submissions must be made through Work must be previously unpublished. Fiction and nonfiction limited to 5,000 words, double spaced. Poetry limited to ten poems and 15 pages. In the cover letter field in your application, include the names and contact info of two professional references. Your name should appear nowhere on your manuscript. Identify the genre under your title on page one of the manuscript. Please use pagination. Extended contest deadline is 2/15/17 and winners will be announced in late February 2017 via email. Application fee is $15.00, nonrefundable.

Contact if you have questions. And be sure to visit and to learn more. Submit applications to


Attention Screenwriters…submit your scripts!

Silver Creek Writers Residency to sponsor Sun Valley Film Festival’s High Scribe contest for 2017


Sun Valley Film Festival


We’re excited to launch our third year of involvement with one of the hippest and most energetic and accessible film festivals in the country.

Sun Valley Film Festival’s annual screenplay competition and accompanying Screenwriters Lab is a crowd favorite for fans and aspiring filmmakers alike. The High Scribe competition provides an opportunity for finalists to receive one-on-one meetings with some of the industry’s finest writers and producers to discuss their work. The High Scribe winner is announced during the lab, and a scene from their script is brought to life with professional actors.

The top three High Scribe finalists will enjoy exclusive residency at the SVFF where they are housed and mentored by established screenwriters, included in parties, and provided a Filmmaker’s Pass to the Festival. The High Scribe winner receives a cash prize of $1,000 and invaluable career mentoring from top industry experts.

Past Silver Creek WR’s applicants have not only returned to Sun Valley to premier and screen their films but have established industry relationships that are taking their careers to the next level. Submission deadline is December 8, 2016. Vist sunvalleyfilm for more details and Subscribe at

Sun Valley Film Festival Screenwriters Lab




We were so lucky this September and October to have had Los Angeles-based writer Susan Kim Campbell accept our first annual Fellowship for Fiction Writers. Ms. Campbell spent a month in the Ketchum writers house and wrote prolificly from the Silver Creek Writers Studio in downtown Ketchum. While in residence, Susan Kim Campbell continued writing her collection of stories entitled We’re All We Have Left, a body of work that exhibits her gift of tinging stories of loss and family struggle—particularly those of an immigrant community—with a sense of humor that flays human foibles. Kim is a decorated recipient of several national writing fellowships and honors, including the Borchard Foundation Fellowship, Scholarship in Fiction Norman Mailer Center, and selection for the Robert Olen Butler Prize Short Stories anthology. She has been awarded residencies at Yaddo and the Millay Colony for the Arts. Thank you Susan for being such an inspirational part of our community and residency!

IMG_1539 (1)Susan Kim Campbell (center) with artist Jill Lear and writer Meg Vorm




We were thrilled to host Janée J. Baugher and Christopher Linforth as the first summer residents of Silver Creek Writers Residency!

Janée J. Baugher is the recipient of the inaugural Silver Creek Fellowship for wilderness and nature writing. She is the author of The Body’s Physics (Tebot Bach) and Coordinates of Yes (Ahadada Books), two beautiful collections of poetry that amplify what it means to contemplate art, images and nature. Her poems and essays are a translation of art into language; they create galleries in the mind. Her in-progress collection of essays is a contemplation of the nature of water, its beauty and subsurface danger. Twice nominated for a Puschart Prize, Janée holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Eastern Washington University. She lives in Seattle where she teaches literature and writing.

Christopher Linforth is the recipient of the first Silver Creek Fellowship for Idaho Writers. He is the author of the short story collection When You Find Us We Will Be Gone (Lamar University Press) and editor of The Anthem Guide to Short Fiction (Anthem Learning). His collection-in-progress, provisionally titled Restoration & Other Stories, is a poignant depiction of life among Croatians during their fraught return to normalcy in the post-war period of the late 1990s and 2000s. Christopher is the recipient of Virginia Tech’s Fiction Prize, was a finalist for Crab Orchard Review’s “Charles Johnson Fiction Award,” and has received three Pushcart Prize nominations. He has an MFA in Creative Writing from Virginia Tech and is at work on a second MFA at Boise State University.


SCWR is a new writers residencyoffering emerging and early-career writers the opportunity for independent and inspired work while staying in beautiful Ketchum/Sun Valley, Idaho.
Writers-in-residence are admitted through open, competitive application and begin their residency with admission to the Sun Valley Film Festival, the renowned Sun Valley Writers’ Conference, Hemingway Festival, or Harvest Festival, depending on the season.

Our mission is to directly benefit emerging and early-career writers of diverse genres by providing a residential fellowship experience that inspires their creativity and gives them time and space to complete literary projects.


As our program grows during 2017, we plan to offer a writing workshop series and regular writers groups to develop the community of writers living in central Idaho. If you, or someone you’d recommend, is interested in leading a writing workshop–from childrens lit to graphic novels–please contact us with your ideas and suggestions.

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The writers studio, located in downtown Ketchum, is a private writing space available to residents during the summer and fall residency periods. During the remainder of the year, the studio is available on a reservation basis for a $50/week fee. The 250-square foot studio has a writing desk and chair, wi-fi, easy chair, good lighting, and a bookshelf full of great lit and instruction on the craft of writing.


We will offer five residencies in 2015.

Residency Opportunities



To provide writers with living quarters and studio space amidst the mountains of Ketchum/Sun Valley, Idaho requires partners and funding. In-kind (non-cash) sponsors are just as important as cash donors in accomplishing this. To that end, we seek sponsors to help with these most critical needs.

Writer fellowship and travel stipend sponsors

A named sponsor for the Silver Creek Writers Studio

Resident housing sponsors
Host home providers, guest houses, and short-term rentable living spaces for our residents to live and write.
Board-level involvement and literary program committee assistance
If you are interested in furthering the mission of SCWR at the strategic level, please contact Bill Fowler.