Students are selected by instructors on the basis of submission, which must be submitted by Monday, September 27 at 5 pm US Eastern, except where otherwise noted. 

Advanced Courses

Memoir with Betsy Bonner (Deadline: December 18)

The application deadline for these courses has passed: Fiction with Jennifer Clement, Teddy Wayne and Anna Solomon. Novel with Sandra Newman and David Burr Gerrard. Poetry with Maya Catherine Popa, Sally Wen Mao and Patricia Spears Jones. Poetry Manuscript with Lynn Melnick. Memoir with Anya Yurchyshyn and Wendy Salinger.

Submission Instructions

Applications should consist of maximum: 6 typed pages of poetry (only one poem per page) OR 15 pages of prose (double-spaced)

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.  If application fees pose a barrier, please reach out to us via email

Only one fee is required per person, regardless of how many  applications are submitted. If you are applying to more than one  workshop and would like to submit two different writing samples, please email the center directly. Please do not use a poetry submission for a prose class, or vice versa.

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


Please submit your scholarship application for ANY COURSE when you submit your manuscript. You can do so by emailing the center directly, or, if you are applying by mail or in person, include it in the envelope with your submission.


Students will be notified via email. The typical wait period to hear back is two weeks after the deadline: we want to give  your instructors time to read the application manuscripts carefully.

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.

We want to know your story. 

Students ages 12 - 14 may register for our two-week workshop intensive by visiting our site (no application necessary).

Students ages 15 - 18: send us one document with up to five pages of your work—your poems, a short story, a scene or multiple scenes, the article you wrote for your student newspaper,  even your novel!


We are now accepting applications until June 21.

 Please reach out to us with questions. 

If you're sending prose, make sure you double-space your submission.

Enter your contact information (name, telephone number and email) in the Cover Letter field, as well as a short paragraph on why you’d like to spend three weeks writing with us. 

Do note: you'll have to open a free Submittable account if you don't have one already.

Every applicant will receive a personalized response from our team of writers, as well as reading recommendations.

We read applications on a rolling basis, but keep in mind the following deadlines:

The workshop will take place from Monday - Thursdays, July 12 to July 29.

92nd Street Y: Writing Program