The University of Massachusetts Amherst


Nominations are currently closed for the 2020 program. We'll reopen the nomination portal in fall 2020 when we are ready to accept nominations for the program that will run July 24-August 1, 2021. You can sign up below to get a reminder when nominations open. 


English teachers, principals, and guidance counselors are invited to nominate up to five outstanding students to apply for admission to the Juniper Institute for Young Writers. Nominating students for the Institute is a fantastic way to acknowledge and support young writers! We look for young writers who would benefit from joining a dynamic community of creative young people dedicated to exploring craft, process, and imagination.

Students can be nominated for regular or scholarship admission to the program. While nominations are not a guarantee of acceptance, nominees’ applications are given special consideration. All applications are accepted on a rolling basis. However, we encourage students to apply early, as the program fills quickly. 

We are grateful to all the schools and teachers who bring talented young writers to our attention. Thank you so much for making this opportunity available to your students.

A Note on Homeschooling

We encourage homeschooled students to apply to the Institute. A recommendation should come from someone who knows the young writer’s work, their level of interest in discussion, and how they could add to a writing community like Juniper. In your recommendation letter, please speak to the following qualities in your young writer: maturity, interpersonal and collaborative skills, ability to participate in the classroom, ability to adapt to a residential learning environment, and enthusiasm for creative writing. We are interested to hear about how they might learn from and contribute to a diverse, engaged community of young writers living together and gaining a preview of college life.