frequently asked questions
Can I submit in more than one genre or more than once?
Absolutely! Submit as many times—and in as many genres—as you like. We will consider each submission individually. (You will need to pay the $25 Submittable fee for each submission.)
Who will be judging the submissions?
The Lit Camp board members, as well as local published authors along with select Lit Camp alumni.
Should I workshop the same work I submitted to get into Lit Camp?
Probably not. You probably submitted your most polished prose. You wouldn’t get much out of workshopping that. Why not bring something that needs work? Who are you trying to impress? We already know you’re a fabulous writer. After all, you got into Lit Camp.
What and how much writing should I bring to workshop?
A short story, a chapter, a scene. As long as it's under 4,000 words.
Can I bring my own alcohol?
Absolutely...and it will be perfect for our Happy Hours. You'll find several refrigerators scattered around the Bell Valley property where you can keep your beverages cold.
Why is the food vegetarian? Am I going to get enough to eat?
There are both environmental and health reasons for adopting a more plant-based diet. Moreover, our caterer is expert at creating vegetarian meals that are both delicious and filling (and with plenty of protein!). That said, you are very welcome to bring any snacks (non-vegetarian or otherwise) to store in the on-site refrigerators.
Is there wifi at Lit Camp?
With the exception of the Platform Tents and the Tent Cabins, all accommodations have access to wifi. Tent dwellers will be able to access wifi at the Bell Valley Barn.
Will my cell phone work at Lit Camp?
There is very sketchy cell service in Boonville. We recommend enabling wifi calling on your phone.
What if I forget my shampoo/lotion/body wash etc.?
No problem. This isn’t roughing it. There is shampoo, lotion, and body wash in the individual bathrooms, as well as in the Bath House.
Will I get my first choice of accommodation?
We’re going to do our best to make everybody happy. But remember—the best part of getting into Lit Camp, is getting into Lit Camp.
Can I bring my spouse/partner/kids/dog/cat to Lit Camp?
One of the most important benefits of Lit Camp is the community it fosters between the writers who attend. It’s an opportunity for writers to hang out with writers. To that end, we respectfully ask that your spouse/partner/kids/dog/cat not attend.
How do the morning workshops work?
You will be assigned into a workshop group with seven other writers which will remain the same over the four mornings. Each morning you will review the work of two of the group’s members along with a workshop leader, who will change every day.
Why do the workshop leaders change every day?
This is to give the most number of participants exposure to as many of our workshop leaders as possible. Ideally, your group will be lead by an author, an editor, and an agent.
What happens in the afternoon?
We’ve arranged panel discussions and master classes with special guests (see the schedule and faculty list). But hey, if you want to go for a hike or do yoga in the yurt, that’s up to you. We’re not your mom. (We will build in free time so you can enjoy the property.)
Why do I need to pay the full amount by April 15th?
Lit Camp is a nonprofit, and does not receive any funding from any external organization. The amount our participants pay to attend the conference does not completely cover the cost of the conference. Each year, we fundraise in order to break even. Any money raised above and beyond the conference expenses is put toward scholarships.
Are there scholarships for Lit Camp 2022?
Yes! This year we are offering 5 fully paid scholarships. If you are interested in applying for a scholarship, apply to Lit Camp first. If you are accepted, you can let us know you'd like to be considered for a scholarship. Scholarships will be awarded on the basis of both need and merit. Scholarship accommodations will be in the double-occupancy Platform Tents.