A few friends who applied with me have received rejection letters but I haven't heard anything. Not sure if I'm a finalist or my application was lost.
How to Apply for the Amtrak Residency for Writers
#AmtrakResidency is happening!
As many of you may know by now, our test-run for Amtrak Residency was done by Manhattan-based writer Jessica Gross, whose piece, Writing The Lakeshore Limited was published in February by The Paris Review. What followed was overwhelming support on Twitter and in the media with #AmtrakResidency being featured in The Wire, The New Yorker, and Huffington Post among others.
Today we are happy to announce that #AmtrakResidency will allow for up to 24 writers to take long-distance trains to work on their projects. Each writer's round-trip journey will include accommodations on board a sleeper car equipped with a bed, a desk and outlets. We hope this experience will inspire creativity and most importantly fuel your sense of adventure!
Are you excited about #AmtrakResidency? Want to learn more and apply? Head over to our official entry form and good luck!
I submitted as a songwriter with national awards, but of course, could not submit a 'song'... So I submitted lyrics already published and I own all publishing and copyright. They're welcome to print the lyrics. I aimed my application at a specific trip in my near future (Sept 2014) http://www.tlanetwork.org/conference/3742-2/ and thought I'd learn what I could about timing, etc. Appears my best bet is to stall long as I can before buying a plane ticket from Maine to Kansas City, Mo. Holding hope, but not holding my breath.
You guys all seem to know each other... ?
I'm pretty certain that Amtrak has demonstrated how not to run a contest.
First, include provisions that provide far more rights to Amtrak for works that are unrelated to the actual competition so that most sane people won't apply. Hello Amtrak, typically what you should get the rights to is the work generated during the residency, not the sample that is submitted with an application.
Second, have an on-line application that utterly fails to provide any confirmation of successful submission and also refuse to provide confirming emails that an application is received. And, then, point out that anybody who submits more than one application will be automatically disqualified.
Third, ensure that those interested in the residency are told, yet again, that they will receive no confirmation of their application, no notice if they are rejected for the residency. Essentially, there is no obligation by Amtrak to do anything to notify any of the applications, even while they are claiming that by applying we all are giving away our rights to what we submitted in our application.
Well done, Amtrak.
This was pretty much a joke.
That's a good question. I will review the application again. It would be nice if they e-mailed all of the applicants 2 winners each month and posted them on Livefyre.
they probably will pick one or two a month until the deadline .... I think so many of us here though rushed our applications because we didn't realize the due date was March a year from now. I guess we're not used to seeing yearlong call for entries so somehow it didn't register .. I know that I for one am bummed that I rushed my application while sick, when I actually had a whole year to complete it ....
I am almost finished with my third book. Would love to put finishing touches on it and begin my new series while riding a train! Any idea when announcements will be coming through? Anxiously waiting.
I don't recall them telling us when they will announce the 24 lucky winners. It might have been in the application details.
Lookit, I handed up train orders to The City of New Orleans for four years, rode the train a dozen times between Hammond, Louisiana, and Homewood, Illinois. Write on it? Pffffff-tttt.
Arlo Guthrie did that already.
Not sure Amtrak is looking to get into the movie making business, but if you write well enough-maybe some cutesy pretentious train-travel promotional stuff. A train ride and the chance to write is all, I think, and I doubt you will be roughed up and robbed of the writing you do on the train.....or WILL YOU (insert suspenseful DUHN DUhn duhn orchestration...lights fade)...Oh yeah, I'm feelin it.
"In submitting an Application, Applicant hereby grants Sponsor the absolute, worldwide, and irrevocable right to use, modify, publish, publicly display, distribute, and copy Applicant’s Application, in whole or in part, for any purpose, including, but not limited to, advertising and marketing, and to sublicense such rights to any third parties."
I would love to participate in this residency. I've been super excited about it since it was announced.
However, if this language means that Amtrak is taking these rights to my application — including my writing sample — then there's no way I can even apply. These are not standard rights to be granting in a residency application, and they aren't reasonable rights for you to be asking for, for publicity reasons or any others. Per the terms listed above, Amtrak would have the legal right to license a movie based on my writing sample — without paying me! And that's just one example that the language allows for; I could list many others.
Please cut this onerous licensing clause!
Hi! I am French and I would like to know if having a tourist visa can be considered as being a "legal resident" to apply for the Amtrak Residency for writers? Thanks for your answer.
Yes, I just received an email from the Dramatists Guild, stating their concern over Paragraph 6, their attempts to get clarification and modification from Amtrak, and the fact that Amtrak has not responded to their last communications with them. Because I sent them a sample that was published, I sent in a second sample and tweeted that the first was published and not available for "use." I know sending them two apps took me out of the process. However, I also availed myself of emailing them with "Remove" in the subject as they posted on this site. It's all getting too messy. If DG can get a change, I will reapply.
Yes, paragraph 6 is a deal-breaker; however, in my submission, I sent a previously published (and copyrighted) work, and stated this very clearly in the application; even though that might take me out of the running, I wanted the administrators of this project to know that, while the answers I gave to the application questions can be used by Amtrak, the work sample itself is unavailable for this type of use, having been previously published and copyrighted. The Dramatists Guild is working to deal with this issue, but that's one way for the writer to handle it.
Amtrak is about enjoying the journey. Brian Belefant's writing is just as engaging and life-affirming. This is a match that must be made. The adventures of a lifetime are waiting for us around the bend or the turn of the page.
I hope you will include Brian Belefant in your writer series, his work is born of truth and the uncomfortable beauty that springs from it.
@maeganbeaumont I got a nice rejection with the discount offer. I'm debating trying for a discounted ride in the fall. My problem is that I have to drive quite a while to get to a station plus then store my car, etc. It would be worthwhile for a free trip, but don't know if the discount would pay for the gas!
@maeganbeaumont Got a very nice "We had so many entries and it was difficult to choose" rejection, that came with an offer to ride at a discount with a special code provided. 3 weeks-ish, almost a month ago, I think. It's a neat idea, boy I could use a writing-vacation (in solitude), but I'm about to get a few days as my wife and daughters go to fetch some nephews out of state. I see a well stocked fridge, a couple bottles of wine and some writing time.
@DavidSpearman Yes but it's free promotion for your work, free advertisement, and a free trip! If you didn't apply yet, write a sample that you haven't published yet and hope you win!
@ScottMohnkern No but they will e-mail the awardees. It would be nice if they posted it on this website.
@ScottMohnkern I have won. At first, people assumed Veruca would win, but after I flushed her down the vacuum bowl commode on the Amtrak (which everyone had thought was mostly inactive until recently) I was the soft-spoken but pure hearted shoe-in. Let the rides begin. Just don't push the red button.
@ScottMohnkern I just read the application again. They will be selected on a rolling basis, another words, ongoing throughout the year. They will notify the applicants they are interested in by e-mail. You only have 3 days to reply so watch your e-mail everyone and good luck! Wish I was on that train right now!
@vlyman Yes a year is a long time to wait. It might take me that long to get a good grip on twitter! I keep forgetting my password!
@DebbieLannen I don't know either. I was going to go back to the application and see if it said anything about when they will let us know but I never did it. I was disappointed when I realized the deadline ends 3-31-2015! I thought it was 2014! So I guess they can let us know next year! I was hoping they would choose two a month or something. Guess not. It was so exciting there for awhile! Now it's ....boring. We are so use to instant results. Wish we could microwave this literary hatching!
@momonroe44 Well the contest doesn't really end until March 31st 2015. That's a whole year away. I was just hoping they would select 2 each month or something like that. I don't remember reading the selection process.
@PeterJoseph Wow that would be fun!
@DenisePikolycky Love Arlo!
@DMaxMJ I'm just a hopeful writer but I would enjoy reading your work.
@DMaxMJ FADE IN:
INT. CLUB CAR - NIGHT
Amtrak Writing Resident downs another scotch and water. Scribbles in notebook. Tears paper from notebook and crams it in his mouth.
@BrandonSeifert Paragraph 6 is a killer for me, too. If there was no "writing sample" to submit, that may make a difference. Given that Paragraph 6 takes ownership of that sample is beyond the pale.
@BrandonSeifert If you are selected, you have to sign something before you continue. They don't automatically take your work without that signature. You would get to discuss that with them. Meanwhile, I am not sure but I think the application process is over near the end of this month. I read it but I just don't remember the dates. They should be letting us know who is selected soon! It would be great if you or one of the authors who agrees with you could come up with rights that you would comply to. It might save everyone a lot of anxiety. They could take what you/we would be happy with and blend it in with what they have to have for their own protection. Win win?
@jbfrance Don't hold your red wine breath, Cha'.
@dwiener Under the terms of the agreement, it does take you "out of the running." How do you expect Amtrak to make use of copyrighted material? Humm? (Silly writer.)
@ChuckGuest That's a BEAUTY!!!
@DebbieLannen Can you imagine if they would pick two of us each month this chatter would be overflowing!