Q: Does the work I submit with the application have to be the same piece I plan to bring to the workshop?
A: Not necessarily. You may submit published or unpublished work with the application. We will ask you to submit writing for the workshop approximately six weeks before the conference begins.
Q: How important is the statement of purpose?
A: We take it very seriously. Please tell us about your goals for this workshop and for your career and provide us with any other information about yourself that you feel is important.
Q: The size limit for work submitted with the application is 5000 words. Can I submit two or more pieces if they come under the word count?
A: Please submit only one piece of work. It’s fine if it’s well under 5000 words. We’re looking for quality, not quantity.
Q: How should I format my work?
A: You will be prompted to upload in PDF, .doc, or RTF, 12-point, double spaced, of course.
Q: Can I change or edit my application after I submit it?
A: No. You can only update your contact information. Once you click the submit button, it’s in.
Q: Can I bring a guest with me to Sirenland?
Yes. An additional fee of $1700 covers someone sharing the room with you. This fee includes all meals and activities that comprise the conference. Everything except the workshops, of course. You will have until three weeks before the conference to finalize that decision.
Q: What’s up with the ten-dollar application fee?
A: We take each and every application very seriously and consider each one carefully. Without an application fee it was too easy for people who had no intention of attending Sirenland to simply upload work. The fee is a small hurdle to separate serious applicants from tourists. We will not consider applications that arrive without the fee.