The DVAN-Luce Global Collective Residency for Women & Nonbinary Writers Contest

Contest Details

DVAN believes the impact of group residencies on an individual artist shares a similar arc to the creative writing process itself: inspiration sparks engaging language and creativity. In the same way, group connections generate the electricity to ignite collective dialogues and creative collaborations. For diasporic Southeast Asian female and nonbinary writers from around the world, this residency is designed to kindle creativity, connections, and community. While there is no pressure to create works together, we do hope a spirit of generosity and collaboration will uplift the collective, helping to heal systemic and historical wounds.

The DVAN-Luce Global Collective Residency for Women & Nonbinary Writers will bring together a cohort of 6 to 7 international or US-based diasporic Southeast Asian/ Vietnamese writers who identify as female or nonbinary. The residents will be selected through a juried process for a fully funded two-week stay at Millay Arts in upstate New York from December 2nd to the 15th.

Residents will each have a private bedroom and studio (bedding and linens provided), shared living spaces, a laundry room, a workstation, and the use of the Alumni and Nancy Graves Memorial Libraries. Groceries are provided along with communal dinners prepared by the in-house chef.

This collaborative and community-focused opportunity was made possible by a generous grant from the Luce Foundation, for which DVAN is deeply grateful.


  • Self-identify as diasporic Vietnamese or Southeast Asian writers
  • Self-identify as female and/or nonbinary
  • Have published works in at least three publications (excluding self-published works and blogs such as Medium, WordPress, or Substack posts, etc) or have published at least one book
  • International applicants are encouraged to apply, but we are only able to consider submissions in English. Please be advised that DVAN cannot assist in paying for international travel.
  • Only one submission per person is allowed for either the DVAN-Millay New Author residency or the DVAN-Luce Global Collective Residency – but not both.
  • All attendees must have Proof of Vaccination and a minimum of one booster.
  • Applicants must be available for the full duration of the residency.
  • Applicants must use a Gmail account to access our application.
  • Deadline for the application is May 31, 2023 at 11:59 PM, Pacific Standard Time.

Manuscript Requirements

We are accepting submissions of previously published creative nonfiction, fiction, and poetry for the 2023 Millay Residencies.

  • Submissions must be:
    • 5 – 10 pages of previously published work
    • Standard formatting: Times New Roman font, 12-point size, with regular 1-inch margins, and page numbers.
    • Single-spaced, please!
    • Word documents only.
    • All submissions exceeding 10 pages will be disqualified.
  • Submissions must also include: 
    • a one-page cover letter stating: 1) your interest in the residency; 2) discussing how you typically interact in group situations, or in other words, the “roles” you play in groups; and 3) an example of how you resolved a conflict in a situation with complicated group dynamics.
    • Single-spaced and 500 words or less.
    • a CV outlining your publications, readings, work, accolades, etc. of 3 pages or less.
  • Please do not… 
    • include your name anywhere on the manuscript. Submissions are reviewed anonymously. 
    • include a cover page. 
    • submit newspaper journalism, co-authored work, screenplays, or self-help literature.
  • The submission period closes May 31, 2023, at 11:59PM, Pacific Standard Time. Submissions received after the deadline will not be read. 
  • There is a $35 application reading fee.
  • DVAN reserves the right to reject any entries that do not follow these rules.

Instructions for Applying

Using a Google Form for the The DVAN-Luce Global Collective Residency for Women & Nonbinary Writers, submit a 5-10 page Writing Sample of your previously published work following the Manuscript Guidelines and Rules above.

PLEASE NOTE: Since we use Google Forms for the application, you will be asked to sign in with a Gmail account.