The Mall of America is celebrating their 25th year of operation with a unique proposition for indie authors, they want to hire a writer to be in residence for five days, to write about a week in the life of the nation’s largest mall.
The writer who wins the contest will be flown in and will receive four nights at a nearby hotel and given a $400 gift card for food and drink. The author will also be paid $2,500 and the book will be available in print and an e-book.
The application process begins on March 10th and anyone may apply. For the first round, send a pitch of 150 or fewer words; 25 semifinalists will be selected and the second round will be asked to write fuller essays of 500 to 800 words.
Writers in residence is becoming more popular in recent years. Ace Hotel, London’s Heathrow Airport, and Amtrak have all hired writers to document their experiences.