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Capitol Hill’s Pilot Books launches ‘micro-residency’ program

The Broadway Alley’s Pilot Books — which we profiled earlier this year in our write-up of 3 Capitol Hill micro-businesses — likes to keep things small. The tiny book retailer and writer’s space has announced it is testing an innovative ‘micro-residency program’ this summer that will pay ‘aspiring writers’ for one or two-day residencies at the shop. It sounds like a fun gig if you’re trying to make a name for yourself in the literary universe and a nice excuse to visit Capitol Hill if you are an out-of-town writer type.


Hello newsies,

This announcement is part event and part opportunity. This summer, Pilot Books is testing out an experimental micro-residency program that puts cash money in the hands of aspiring writers. It’s also an invitation to the public to meet and visit with writers they admire. Here’s the official pitch:

Pilot Books Micro-Residencies
Summer 2010

Introducing an experimental micro-residency program for writers who want to work and write chez Pilot Books. Each receives a stipend, access to brainfulls of reading material, and hours of writing time punctuated by light literary conversation and the occasional sales transaction. Pilot Books will then publish the author-resident’s new poetry, prose, fiction, or comics in a limited edition chapbook series, “FINANCIALS.”

One-day ($80) and two-day ($160) residencies are available:
July 2

July 4
July 10-11
July 18
July 24-25
August 7-8
August 21-22
August 28
September 4-5
To apply, please send samples of your work to The more innovative the better. You may also include ashort bio, statement of intention, or whatever else might help your case. We’re accepting submissions until all dates have been filled, so wait not.

Note: We welcome applications from out-of-towners. The stipend may be used to cover the cost of travel and free lodging is available on one of many fine Seattle couches, “including mine,” says Summer.

Thank you in advance for spreading the word!

Summer Robinson & the Pilot Crew


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