As noted on our joining page, formal application to the Grotto is by invitation only. However, if you’d like to get on our radar (and potentially join our ongoing pool of candidates), you can use the form below to briefly tell us about yourself and your qualifications. A few things to note:
We’re looking for professional-level narrative creators–memoirists, journalists, novelists, poets, screenwriters, et cetera. This usually means someone with a book, a publication/production history, or an equivalent body of work under their belt. While it’s fine to pay the bills with commercial projects on the side, we’re not looking for people whose primary work is advertising, marketing, press relations or related corporate content. If you’re diligently working at your craft but not yet ready to declare yourself “professional-level”, consider applying for a fellowship.
We want people who’ll take part–come in regularly, get excited about being around other writers, participate in our readings and events, and even start new ones. If you’d just like to add the Grotto to your resume, it’s probably not a good fit.
Please understand that, apart from an acknowledgement email, no response should be expected; we’re a member-run organization, which means we all have projects and deadlines of our own. Our silence doesn’t constitute rejection–we turn to expressions of interest only when the need arises. You’re free to resubmit yours with updated credentials, but we ask that you do so no more than once a year.
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