This Writing Residency Comes with Cinnabons

If you want a writing residency with a different flavor, then forego the pastoral setting and head to the Mall of America. MOA is looking for a writer to do a five-day residency to celebrate its 25th anniversary. According to their website, "the winner will have the chance to spend five days deeply immersed in the Mall atmosphere while writing on-the-fly impressions in their own words."

"The contest winner will stay in an attached hotel for four nights, receive a $400 gift card to buy food and drinks and collect a generous honorarium for the sweat and tears they’ll put into their prose." And there's this tantalizing hook: "Where will the winner’s lovingly crafted story end up? Just wait and see!"

While the Minnesota super-mall explicitly stated it wants a writer who will pen stories about the actual mall itself, its press release also noted that "We’re not only looking for writing skill, but also creativity in your pitch. Heck, if you can make the assignment work as a musical-comedy screenplay, by all means make it so!"

If you want to see what you're up against, Matt Negrin, a New York-based journalist, has already disclosed his  amusing application online. 

Speaking of Negrin, he is also a super-fan of The New York Times Crossword puzzle (where are we going with this?) who recently had a hilarious public "fight" with the puzzle on Twitter. Things got...sexual? Yeah, you have to read this: Negrin's breakup with the Times puzzle.  

But we digress. As for the MOA residency, visit the application page before March 10, 2017, midnight Central Time. Tell about yourself and, in 150 words or less, pitch your idea for how you would approach this assignment if you won the Writer-in-Residence prize. If you win, definitely let us know!