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.  Onboard meals will also be offered to all residents in the dining car aboard the train.

How many people applied for an Amtrak Residency?

We received more than 16,000 applications.

How many semi-finalists were chosen?

115 semi-finalists were selected.

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.

Who were the judges for Amtrak Residency?

The judging panel included a representative from the National Endowment of the Arts (NEA), an editor from Random House, a published author and an Amtrak representative.

How were the final 24 Residents selected?

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

What type of artist makeup the 24 finalist?

The 24 residents represent a variety of disciplines within the writing community including journalist, novelists and poets, to name a few.

What is the timing for Amtrak Residency?

The 24 residents will be announced in late September and will travel throughout the year (approximately two per month).

How will Amtrak determine which routes the residents will travel on?

We will work with each resident to plan his or her individual travel itinerary. The dates and routes for each trip will be determined in partnership with Amtrak Revenue Management to ensure that under-sold service is utilized for residency travel spots.

What is required of the individuals that receive an Amtrak Residency?

There are no requirements for the writers during their trip.

Will Amtrak use writing samples used in application process?

Amtrak does not intend to use the writing samples submitted in the application process by the 24 finalist or the more than 16,000 who were not selected for residencies.

Will there be a residency program in 2015?

Amtrak will actively evaluate the program over the coming months and make a determination if the program will continue in 2015. An announcement will be made early next year with program extension information.

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

The terms and conditions can be found here.