The University of Massachusetts Amherst


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 are looking 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. 

Nominations for general admission to the 2020 JIYW are open until the program fills (usually in April). Nominations for scholarship funding closed November 1, 2019.

If you are affiliated with a Hayden sponsored Institution, please email us by January 24 with your nominations for 2020.

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.