General FAQ’s


What is Amtrak Residency?

Amtrak Residency was designed to allow creative professionals who are passionate about train travel and writing to work on their craft in an inspiring environment. Round-trip train travel will be provided on an Amtrak long-distance route. Each resident will have use of a private sleeping roomette, equipped with a desk, a bed and a window to watch the American countryside roll by for inspiration. Onboard meals will also be offered to all residents in the dining car aboard the train.

When did the 2014 Amtrak Residency entry period end?

Due to the overwhelmingly positive response we received and the over 16,100 applications submitted, we closed the application period for the 2014 Amtrak Residency program on Wednesday, June 11, 2014.

How were the semi-finalists chosen?

Semi-finalists were chosen based on the following criteria: the quality and completeness of their application package, as well as the extensiveness of their social community and ability to reach online audiences with content.

How will the final 24 Residents be selected?

The judging panel will evaluate applications based on the following criteria: originality/creativity of writing sample, quality of writing sample and answers to application questions.

How many semi-finalists were chosen?

115 semi-finalists were selected.

How many people applied for an Amtrak Residency?

We received just over 16,100 applications.

What is the timing for Amtrak Residency?

The 24 winning residents will be announced following the judging panel conversations later this summer.

What are the terms and conditions of the exclusive Amtrak Residency offer code?

The terms and conditions can be found here.