Write On, Door County focuses on the importance of writing and reading and the ability of people to connect through stories. We provide a beautiful and inspiring retreat for writers on 39 acres in the middle of the Door County peninsula and conduct classes, programs, and special events throughout the county for all ages and experience levels. 

Write On, Door County, in collaboration with the weekly publication Peninsula Pulse, seeks stories, essays, poems, and other pieces of creative writing to appear in a weekly literary page.

Writers of all ages and experience levels with an affinity for the Door Peninsula are invited to submit work for consideration. We are especially open to reviewing work from K-12 students, as well as senior citizens.

Essays, memoirs, and other nonfiction work should be 200 - 1,000 words. Short stories should be up to 2,000 words. In general, poems should be no longer than one page. Longer works may be accepted and serialized over several issues.

There is no fee to submit your work. A committee of volunteers from Write On will review all submissions and make selections for possible publication. The editors of the Peninsula Pulse will choose works on a space available basis. 

Write On will attempt to contact writers when their work is scheduled for publication. Please do not contact the office to inquire about the status of your submission.


Write On welcomes applications from emerging and established writers in any contemporary literary genre. Applications are also accepted from literary arts administrators who need time away to envision a new program, edit materials, or find renewal for their own creative work.

Residents must be at least 21 years of age. Applications from students currently enrolled in a graduate or undergraduate program are welcome. Residents who need to travel with children or other family members are eligible to apply, though there may be some restrictions on accommodations.

Previous residents are encouraged to apply again. Your former residency neither helps nor hurts your current application.

Applications from writers must include:

  • A brief biographical statement of no more than one page.
  • A work plan of not more than one page, detailing your current writing project and what you hope to accomplish during your residency.
  • A description of at least one paragraph but no more than one page of the community service project you would like to offer while in residency, including the targeted audience for the program.
  • A work sample of at least 10 pages but no more than 25. Picture book writers may submit 2 - 8 pages of work. If you work in multiple genres, your work sample can reflect more than one genre.
  • Two letters of reference from people familiar with your creative work and the impact of a residency on your writing. 

Write On welcomes applications from emerging and established writers in any contemporary literary genre. Applications are also accepted from literary arts administrators who need time away to envision a new program, edit materials, or find renewal for their own creative work.

Residents must be at least 21 years o age. Applications from students currently enrolled in a graduate or undergraduate program are welcome. Residents who need to travel with children or other family members are eligible to apply, though there may be some restrictions on accommodations.

Previous residents are encouraged to apply again. Your former residency neither helps nor hurts your current application.

Applications from literary arts administrators should include:

  • A current resume or CV.
  • A brief biographical statement of no more than one page.
  • A description of at least one paragraph of a service project you would offer during your residency. (Project may include a consultation with Write On board or staff.)
  • A description of at least one paragraph but no more than one page of how you would use your residency to benefit your current administrative work.
  • A brochure, catalog, or other printed information about your literary arts organization.
  • Two letters of reference, at least one of which must be from your executive director or board chair and one from a member of your arts community addressing the impact of your work on the community. 
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