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Please make sure you address all questions and sections and proofread all materials before submission. A poorly prepared application will cause reviewers to have reservations about recommending an applicant even if they believe the project has great potential. Please make sure your application is as polished as possible and remember that each part of the application should build support for your candidacy. Please do not submit additional material beyond what is requested; it will not be reviewed. 

Nominated/Applications must be original and may not infringe on the rights of a third party. Work failing these requirements will be excluded from Yefe Nof.

If you have difficulty accessing or submitting an application via Submittable, please contact us at info@yefenof.com.

APPLICATION DEADLINE Application forms are available at the start of each competition round, January 1. The application process must be completed online through Submittable no later than April 30 for all Residencies (with finalists notified by June 1 and interviews to follow) except for the California Writing Residency which must be completed online through Submittable no later than February 29, and the LARB and Yefe Nof Translation Residency, which has a separate application process.

ELIGIBILITY Residencies are intended as opportunities for writers, researchers, and designers to complete final stage work on projects in development. Proposals for self-directed residencies must be compatible with the ongoing dialogue at Yefe Nof. Merit and promise are the basis for selections. Unknown authors, mature or emerging, are encouraged to apply. Writers, researchers and designers over 25 residing in the United States, US citizens abroad, and those living internationally with pre-approved visas are eligible. Up to 12 residencies are awarded each cycle, including the California Writing Residency which is awarded to three California authors who are over 18 at the time of submission.

DURATION OF RESIDENCY Every residency is two weeks.

TECHNICAL/LEGAL STATEMENTS For all residencies except the California Writing Residency see The Application section of yefenof.com. For the California Writing Residency please read here. All residents will be asked to sign a standard residency contract to cover the house.

AWARDS A rotating committee of experts and professionals in the arts and humanities independently review applications and supporting materials. Final awards of residencies are at the discretion of Yefe Nof. In some instances, writers, researchers, and designers are invited to participate without submitting an application.

CHILDREN Accommodations for children and family members are provided, but the resident is expected to use the two weeks for working alone without any hindrances.

COUPLES Couples who are writers, researchers, and designers may apply individually with the understanding that one partner may be accepted and the other may not.

COLLABORATORS Collaborators may be accepted for a residency, however, they need to submit separate applications along with a joint proposal.

PETS Dogs are allowed at Yefe Nof only if they remain outside at all times. There is a corral and igloo home for two medium-sized dogs and plenty of ground to cover on walks. Dogs are not allowed in the house. No other pets are allowed.

VISITORS Accommodations for visitors are available at many local hotels, motels and lodges.

REAPPLICATION Previous applicants may reapply for a residency by submitting a new application with new work. Previous residents may not reapply unless it is by nomination or invitation.

LOCATION The Yefe Nof Residency is located in the San Bernardino Mountains, eighty miles (130km) east of Los Angeles. Set in the cozy Crest Park neighborhood, minutes away from Blue Jay and Lake Arrowhead, the original cabin was redesigned into a house that takes full advantage of the alpine backdrop in a unique California combination of seasonal light and sky.

FACILITIES Residencies offer the space conducive to focused, goal-oriented work. Residents are at liberty to structure their own time and activity. Each is offered full-use of the living accommodations and work-space with a full range of modern conveniences. Residents need to bring their own writing materials and laptops. Areas inside and outside are expected to be maintained by the resident during their stay.

FINANCIAL SUPPORT At present, no stipend is awarded to residents. Residents are responsible for their own transportation, personal living expenses, food and beverage, some supplies, telephone charges and any expenses related to the production of work during the residency. Travel and shipping expenses to and from the Yefe Nof Residency program are also the responsibility of the resident. There is no home mail delivery services so arrangements should be made in advance to send through the Lake Arrowhead USPS.

DEPOSIT A $500 deposit is due after notification. This is only to be withheld in the event of cancellation or excessive financial or material damages. Within two weeks of receiving your agreement, in some cases a $250 deposit is due to hold your spot at Yefe Nof. Receipt of this deposit confirms your registration. The balance is due within thirty days of the residency start date. The deposit is returned within two weeks of departure from the residency program. There are no fees charged for the residency.

CANCELLATION If a resident cancels a residency reservation more than thirty days before the residency start date they forfeit the $250 registration deposit. Cancellation less than thirty days before the residency start date means the resident forfeits the registration deposit and is assessed a withdrawal fee of $250 for the place they reserved.

SMOKING Yefe Nof is a smoke-free environment.

PRIVACY All application materials and work samples are confidential and retained for use of the Yefe Nof Residency only.

COMMUNITY Lake Arrowhead and the Crest Park neighborhood are full of friendly residents, many of whom reside year-round. Although no minimum interaction is expected of residents during their stay, making a positive impact is welcomed and graciously supported.


  • All applications must be in English.

  • Entrants must be residents of the State of California. 

  • Entrants must be individuals and not a company or organization.

  • Entrants must submit their work using their real name.

  • Entrants must be over 18 years of age at the time of submission.

  • Entrants must pay the application fee in order to be eligible.

  • Only applications received and paid for by midnight (Pacific Standard Time) February 28th will be considered.

  • Applications that are not paid for, incomplete, are corrupted or submitted after the deadline will not be considered.

  • The identity of all entrants is withheld throughout the process.

  • To ensure the quality and diversity of the selections, each submission is considered by several judges.

  • Finalists will be notified by email when they have been selected.

  • Unsuccessful applicants may not be contacted.

  • No editorial feedback or notes will be provided.

  • The decision of the judges is final and no correspondence will be entered into regarding the judging process.

  • The residency is not open to employees of Yefe Nof or members of the judging panel. Family members of any of the aforementioned are also not eligible.

  • Only submissions which meet all Terms and Conditions will be considered.

  • By entering this competition, each entrant agrees to be bound by these Terms and Conditions and the rules and regulations of the Yefe Nof Residency.

  • The Submittable form allows you to save and edit information. You do not need to finish your online application in one session. You will be able to save the form and return to it at a later date to revise, edit and add information. Your California Writing Residency application will not be complete until you hit the submit button. Once submitted, you will receive an email confirming that we have received your application.

  • All applications must be in English.
  • Requirements and selection criteria are the same for each residency. There is no quota on how many writers, researchers, or designers are taken for any given residency.
  • We do not accept incomplete applications.
  • All written work samples, and materials must be submitted in the Submittable form. Web links to articles or other work samples will not be accepted, with the exception for visual artists, composers, filmmakers, and in certain cases, designers. You may contact us to discuss alternate ways of submitting materials, if necessary.
  • The Submittable form allows you to save and edit information. You do not need to finish your online application in one session. You will be able to save the form and return to it at a later date to revise, edit and add information. Your YNR application will not be complete until you hit the submit button. Once submitted, you will receive an email confirming that we have received your application.