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Wendy’s Subway Residency Program
Residency New York City, US

Wendy’s Subway Residency Program


Wendy's Subway is a non-profit reading room, writing space, and independent publisher located in Bushwick, Brooklyn, New York.

The Wendy’s Subway Residency Program supports a variety of projects at the intersection of literature, the arts, and publishing. This residency provides artists, writers, independent publishers, and small-scale arts organizations with focused time to research, experiment, and develop creative projects, public programs, and publications over two to three months.


Project proposals are invited which relate to Wendy’s Subway’s mission to continuously seek new modes of accessing and creating knowledge around and through the library collection, engage readers and audiences in innovative ways, and invest in the capacity of books to create networks of support, resource-sharing, and solidarity through publication and distribution.

Proposals are evaluated on the basis of the proposal’s rationale, scope, and feasibility within the residency period; the project’s emphasis on audience engagement through public programming and publication; and the overall alignment with Wendy’s Subway mission.


Residents receive a $600 stipend as well as an additional stipend of $1,000 for public programs, and further resources for a publication to be determined in relation to each resident’s project.

Wendy’s Subway is unable to cover accommodations for residents, so residents should be locally based in New York, or to have easy and convenient access to the city. Travel support is available on a limited basis. Applicants from outside of New York should consider this when applying, or attempt to align the residency session with existing travel to New York.

Residents receive creative, technical, and administrative support from Wendy’s Subway staff to realize a program of public events, as well as editorial, design, and production support for a publication related to their proposed project. The unique format of the Residency Program provides resources for focused study, research, and creative work, as well as a platform for projects that seek to expand the social impact of the resident’s work through audience engagement.