The Ernest Hemingway Foundation of Oak Park (EHFOP) fosters understanding of the life and work of Ernest Hemingway, with emphasis on his Oak Park origins and his impact on world literature. Its mission reflects the Foundation's belief in the importance of the written word and the value of thoughtful reading and writing.

The mission is accomplished through

  • outreach to diverse and international audiences through exhibitions, tours, conferences, lectures, discussion groups, publications and other educational programs and through service as a research resource. 
  • restoration and operation of Hemingway's birthplace and the preservation of other Hemingway sites in Oak Park.
  • acquisition, conservation and management of archives and collections related to Hemingway.
  • management of the Foundation's resources – human, financial and physical – by balancing innovation and economy.

EHFOP publishes an annual literary journal series through a short story contest.  This journal series is designed especially to capture new voices engaged in the creative writing process, in fiction. The series called HEMINGWAY SHORTS seeks to utilize impetus from the famous author toward sparking energized new interest in the writing craft, and, most importantly, to open the process to entirely new writers, especially those who have never before thought they might write publishable pieces of work. The top ten stories are selected and assisted by our current and past Writer-in-Residences to provide authors assistance in shaping their work for entry into this annual publication.

As part of our mission to foster understanding of the life and work of Ernest Hemingway, as well as nurture the value of thoughtful reading and writing, The Ernest Hemingway Foundation of Oak Park seeks a Writer-in-Residence (WIR) to serve as an foundation ambassador to offer educational programming in exchange for Writer-in-Residence recognition and a writing space to work on personal projects of prose, memoir, fiction, and/or poetry in the birthplace home. The WIR Term begins in July, 2019 through July, 2021.  (Please note this is writing space, not a live-in residency program)

If you would like to serve as our Writer-in-Residence, The Ernest Hemingway Foundation of Oak Park invites you to review and complete the following application, which is part of our ongoing effort to share and preserve Hemingway’s Birthplace Home, the center of his Oak Park legacy. 


Writer with a regional or national publishing presence (periodicals or book(s))

Strong presenter with mentoring experience

Some experience working with high school students preferred

Some editing experience preferred

WIR Service Commitment:  

Along with offering a place to write and work, the Foundation also asks the WIR to commit to service, acting as an ambassador for the Foundation's mission. The Writer-in-Residence (WIR) will serve as a foundation ambassador committed to upholding our mission. The following are the main tasks (but not limited to) related to fulfilling their role. 1) The WIR will provide an educational program on a quarterly basis for a period of two years. The WIR and the Foundation Executive Director will agree to program content, dates and times. 2) The WIR will assist with the editing and publication of our annual literary journal, Hemingway Shorts. 3) The WIR will also manage the Hemingway Foundation Scholarship essay review and selection process, and mentor the winner of our this Scholarship contest on an annual basis. The scholarship is awarded to a rising junior at Oak Park River Forest High School each year. The WIR mentors this student through the senior year as needed to assist them with their writing goals as determined by the WIR and student.  The WIR confirms they will have residency in the greater Chicagoland area during their term.

You must plan to have residency in the greater Chicagoland area for your term to ensure availability to fulfill programming and mentoring duties.

 Upload file(s) with the following:

  1. Educational Background/Resume/Curriculum Vitae (upload pdf/doc file)
  2. Sample(s) of Your Writing: Essay/Memoir/Fiction of no more than 1500 words and/or at least four completed works of poetry.
  3. Description/list of Previous Published Works (upload pdf/doc file)
  4. Description of the written project you intend to pursue as our Writer-in-Residence (upload pdf/doc file)
  5. Description of educational workshops and programs you have presented. Please include the number of attendees and the length of the program (upload pdf/doc file)

Attention all juniors at OPRFHS! If you like to write, now is your opportunity to demonstrate your skills and strive to become the winner of the annual Hemingway Foundation scholarship sponsored by the Ernest Hemingway Foundation of Oak Park (EHFOP). Now in its fourth year, the fund awards a $1,000 college scholarship, as well as a mentorship with the Foundation’s Writer-in-Residence during your senior year. In addition to the chosen scholarship winner we will also name two additional finalists. All three essays will published in the 2019 Hemingway Shorts, the Foundation's annual journal. 

Here’s your challenge: Write a 300 – 600-word essay that conveys how you feel about your hometown, officially titled “What Home Means To Me.” You never know. You could be the next Ernest Hemingway. More importantly, maybe you can follow his lead, to dream big and to follow your dreams.

Only OPRF Juniors are eligible. You must have a minimum unweighted GPA of 2.5 to apply. The essay application opens at 8:00 a.m. on February 15, 2019; the deadline for submissions is April 2, 2019 at 11:00 p.m. 

EHFOP is a literary foundation whose mission is to foster the understanding of the life and work of Ernest Hemingway, with emphasis on his Oak Park origins and his impact on world literature. Additionally, we strive to reinforce the importance of the written word as well as the value of thoughtful reading and writing. The Hemingway Foundation Student Essay Scholarship is intended to reinforce these aims. 

The top three finalists will be announced by April 18, 2019. The award will be presented at the Foundation’s Annual Gala event on Saturday, May 4, 2019 at the Oak Park Public Library.. For more information contact Melanie Weiss, Manager of the Oak Park and River Forest High School Scholarship Foundation, at

The Ernest Hemingway Foundation of Oak Park, Illinois is looking for your best short story. This call for submissions is for the Foundation's HEMINGWAY SHORTS CONTEST.

Ten (10) finalists along with one grand prize winner ($500 monetary award) will be chosen, and with the authors' agreement, will be published in our 4th edition of the literary journal HEMINGWAY SHORTS. We will announce the grand prize winner's name and recognized all ten (10) finalists at our Annual Foundation Benefit event.


Applicants must submit their work through Submittable only. The submission fee is a non-refundable $15.00. Applicants are required to provide (a) the title of their submission, (b) author’s name, (c) street address; (d) phone number and (e) email on their submission text. Submissions must be:

●              Double-spaced using the Times Roman font at 12pt in doc or docx formats only.

●              The story should be no longer than 1,500 words in English only.

Short stories only. No plays, No poems. One submission per entrant. (Please send what you believe to be your best work.) Previously submitted or previously published material is not permitted. Simultaneously submitted work is allowed, but if the work is accepted for another contest or publication, it is the entrant's responsibility to alert the Hemingway Foundation.  

The deadline for submissions is April 2, 2019 (no exceptions) 

Failure to adhere to these guidelines will mean disqualification.  

The Ernest Hemingway Foundation of Oak Park