Application—Writing Sample Instructions

Writing Sample Instructions

Applicants may submit up to three writing samples with word counts totaling no more than: Book: 15,000 words; Article & New and Alternative Media: 10,000 words; Blog & Short-Form Writing: 5,000 words. Please refer to the project-specific pages for more information.

Samples need not be published, but they should reflect your highest accomplishment. All samples must be in English. Each writing sample must be submitted as a separate PDF.

PDF Formatting

All writing samples must be submitted as PDF files. We prefer a PDF created from a digital file, such as a Microsoft Word document. Please ensure that 1) the pages are numbered, 2) the document is double-spaced, and 3) the text is twelve-point font. 

If you must use a scan from a magazine, please make sure that the text is legible and clear when printed on an 8.5” x 11” piece of paper at 100%, and that the orientation of the document is portrait. 

Writing Sample Information

You will need to provide the following information regarding your writing samples:

  • Title
  • Description
  • Date
  • Publisher (if applicable)
  • Word Count

Blog / New and Alternative Media 

  • If you are applying to fund an existing blog or a New and Alternative Media project, please list the URL in the first writing sample description field. 


If you have co-authored texts with your collaborator in the past, please include at least one such text as a writing sample. If you have not co-authored texts with your collaborator in the past, each collaborator should submit one writing sample of up to 10,000 words (approximately thirty typescript pages).

A visual artist collaborator can submit one PDF with up to fifteen images. To submit other media please email