PLAYA Awards

PLAYA has partnered with the following organizations to provide Award Residencies to diverse artists and scientists from around the world. To confirm current status of these competitions, please check with PLAYA at 541-943-3983 or with the partner organization.

Ecological Society of America

The Ecological Society of America, the nation’s largest community of professional ecologists, has partnered with PLAYA to provide one residency annually to a Fellow or Early Career Fellow of the Society. Fellows have come to PLAYA for the time and space to work on important projects and field research in PLAYA’s beautiful natural setting and tranquil accommodations. Visit www.esa.org.

Poetry Society of America

PLAYA has awarded annual residencies to the four winners of the Poetry Society of America’s Chapbook Fellowships. These competitions have been open to any U.S. citizen or anyone currently living within the U.S. who is 30 or under and has not published a full-length poetry collection. For more information, visit www.poetrysociety.org.

Southern Graphics Council International

PLAYA has awarded a residency to a printmaker chosen by the SGCI for Excellence in Teaching Printmaking. The mission of the SGCI is to advance the professional standing of people engaged in making original prints and drawings and to stimulate public appreciation and interest in the arts of printmaking, drawing, and other graphic media. For more information, visit www.sgcinternational.org.

The Benjamin Saltman Award

Administered by the Red Hen Press, the Benjamin Saltman Award was established in 1998, in honor of the poet Benjamin Saltman (1927-1999). The award has been given to previously unpublished original collection of poetry and is selected through an annual competition which is open to all poets. Along with a cash award, the winning poet has received a residency at PLAYA. For more information, visit www.redhen.org

Bend Art Center

PLAYA has supported Bend Art Center’s two biennial exhibits – their National Small Prints Exhibit and their International Artist Book Exhibit – with a coveted residency for the Best In Show winners. The Biennial Small Prints Exhibit is a national call to artists, with an exhibit of prints measuring 4 by 6 inches. For Bend Art Center’s Biennial International Artist Book Exhibition, artists explore rich themes in unusual book forms. The one-of-a-kind creations may use handwriting, calligraphy, or letterpress and typically include art elements such as painting, photography, collage, drawing, and print.
www.bendartcenter.org

Women Writing the West

A PLAYA residency has been part of the Women Writing the West awards since 2018. For information please visit www.womenwritingthewest.org.

 

Diverse Western Voices Award

The Diverse Western Voices Award has been given to a journalist of color for a project of deep reporting and narrative journalism that covers an under-represented community in the American West. Through collaboration with High Country News’ editorial team, PLAYA offers a residency of time and solitude, to encourage work on the American West’s ecological, social, and political issues.
www.hcn.org/events/diverse-voices

Northwest Film Center/Oregon Film

PLAYA is excited to initiate a partnership with the Northwest Film Center and Oregon Film to award a residency to the Oregon filmmaker chosen annually by its two partner organizations.
www.oregonfilm.org

Siskiyou Prize for New Environmental Literature

Administered by Ashland Creek Press, this prize has been awarded for a published or unpublished full-length prose manuscript, including a novel, memoir, short story collection or essay collection, any book of fiction or creative non-fiction  that focuses on the environment, animal protection, ecology or wildlife. As part of the award criteria, books eligible for the prize must have been published within the past five (5) years. Winners of the prize have received a cash award as well as a residency at PLAYA.
www.siskiyouprize.com

Society for Photographic Education

PLAYA partners with the Society for Photographic Education to give a residency as part of the SPE Imagemakers Award. SPE  is a nonprofit membership organization that provides and fosters an understanding of photography as a means of diverse creative expression, cultural insight, and experimental practice.
www.spenational.org

The Barry Lopez Fellowship

Awarded through Hugo House Press, each year PLAYA gives a residency to an author chosen by the Press. Inspired by author and PLAYA alum Barry Lopez’s stunning body of literature, the prize attracts applicants from all over the world. www.hugohousepublishers.com

Waterston Desert Writing Prize

The Waterston Desert Writing Prize is given annually to honor literary nonfiction that illustrates artistic excellence, sensitivity to place, and desert literacy – with the desert as both subject and setting. Inspired by author and poet Ellen Waterston’s love of the high desert of central Oregon, the prize recognizes the vital role deserts play worldwide in the ecosystem and human narrative. Winners of the award receive a cash prize as well as a residency at PLAYA.
www.writingranch.com

Bend Art Center

PLAYA supports Bend Art Center’s two biennial exhibits – their National Small Prints Exhibit and their International Artist Book Exhibit – with a coveted two week residency for the Best In Show winners. The Biennial Small Prints Exhibit is a national call to artists that takes a ‘less is more’ approach, with an exhibit of pint-sized prints measuring four inches by six inches. For Bend Art Center’s Biennial International Artist Book Exhibition, artists from across the U.S. and abroad explore rich themes in unusual book forms. Their one-of-a-kind creations may use handwriting, calligraphy, or letterpress, and typically include art elements such as painting, photography, collage, drawing and print.
www.bendartcenter.org

Diverse Western Voices Award

The Diverse Western Voices Award is given to a journalist of color for a project of deep reporting and narrative journalism that covers an under-represented community in the American West. Through collaboration with High Country News’ editorial team and a residency provided by PLAYA, the Diverse Western Voices Award seeks to expand national understanding of the American West’s ecological, social and political issues.
www.hcn.org/events/diverse-voices

Ecological Society of America

The Ecological Society of America, the nation’s largest community of professional ecologists, partners with PLAYA to provide one residency annually to a Fellow or Early Career Fellow of the Society, giving them the time and space to work on important projects and field research in PLAYA’s beautiful natural setting and tranquil accommodations.
www.esa.org

Northwest Film Center/Oregon Film

PLAYA is excited to initiate a partnership with the Northwest Film Center and Oregon Film to award a four-week residency to the Oregon filmmaker chosen annually by its two partner organizations.
www.oregonfilm.org

Poetry Society of America

Every year PLAYA awards residencies to the four winners of the Poetry Society of America’s Chapbook Fellowships open to any U. S. citizen or anyone currently living within the U. S. who is 30 or under and has not published a full-length poetry collection. www.poetrysociety.org

Siskiyou Prize for New Environmental Literature

Administered by Ashland Creek Press, this prize is awarded for a published or unpublished full-length prose manuscript, including a novel, memoir, short story collection or essay collection, any book of fiction or creative non-fiction  that focuses on the environment, animal protection, ecology or wildlife. Published books eligible for the prize must have been published within the past five (5) years. The winner of the prize receives a cash award as well as a four-week residency at PLAYA.
www.siskiyouprize.com

Society for Photographic Education

PLAYA now partners with the Society for Photographic Education to give a four week residency as part of the SPE Imagemakers Award. The Society for Photographic Education is a nonprofit membership organization that provides and fosters an understanding of photography as a means of diverse creative expression, cultural insight, and experimental practice.
www.spenational.org

Southern Graphics Council International

Each year PLAYA awards a residency to an awardee chosen by the  SGCI for Excellence in Teaching Printmaking. The mission of the SGCI is to advance the professional standing of people engaged in making original prints and drawings and to stimulate public appreciation and interest in the arts of printmaking, drawing, and other graphic media.
www.sgcinternational.org

The Benjamin Saltman Award

Administered by the Red Hen Press, the Benjamin Saltman Award was established in 1998, in honor of
the poet Benjamin Saltman (1927-1999). The award is for a previously unpublished original collection of poetry, and is selected through an annual competition which is open to all poets. Along with a cash award, the winning poet also receives a four week residency at PLAYA.
www.redhen.org

The Barry Lopez Fellowship

Awarded through Hugo House Press, each year PLAYA gives a four-week residency to an author chosen by the Press. www.hugohousepublishers.com

Waterston Desert Writing Prize

This prize is given annually to honor literary nonfiction that illustrates artistic excellence, sensitivity to place, and desert literacy – with the desert as both subject and setting. Inspired by author and poet Ellen Waterston’s love of the high desert of Central Oregon, a region that has been her muse for more than 30 years, the Prize recognizes the vital role deserts play worldwide in the ecosystem and human narrative. Winners of the award receive a cash prize as well as a four-week residency at PLAYA.
www.writingranch.com

Women Writing the West

A PLAYA 2019 residency will be part of the 2018 Women Writing the West awards . For information please visit www.womenwritingthewest.org