2020 Application Checklist


  • Slideroom contact information is current*
  • Contact information*
  • Professional Name
  • Date of Birth*
  • Citizenship*
  • Gender
  • Preferred pronoun
  • Ethnicity
  • Student Status


  • Author Biography* (2000 character count) 
  • Publications* (3000)
  • Education* (1000)
  • Employment (1000)
  • Miscellaneous (Please include dissertation information here if applicable.) (1000)


  • Which project type are you applying for?*
  • Project Title* (100)
  • Project Description (Short)* (250)
  • Project Description (Detailed)* (3000)
  • Table of Contents and Chapter Summary (books only) (5000)
  • Contextualize this project in relation to existing writing on the subject.* (2000)
  • Contextualize this project in relation to your own writing.* (2000)
  • Which ideas in contemporary visual art do you presently engage with in your writing?* (2000)
  • If your project focuses on one or more artist(s), please describe your reasons for selecting these particular artist(s). (2000)
  • Project Timeline* (Work Completed to Date / Work Pending / Estimated Completion Date) (1000)
  • Confirmed or Potential Publisher(s) (1000)

Writing Samples

Applicants may submit up to three writing samples. The total of all three writing samples combined should not exceed: Book: 15,000 words; Article: 10,000 words; Short-Form Writing: 5,000 words

  • PDFs: Title*, Description* (1000), Date*,  Publisher (if applicable), Word Count*

Collaborator(s) (if applicable)

  • Contact Information: Name*, Address*, Email*, Date of Birth*, Gender, Ethnicity, Citizenship
  • Explain collaborator’s role in proposed project* (2000)
  • Collaborator Biography* (2000)

Grant Funds

  • Please confirm that you have reviewed FAQ #2 detailing how the grant money can be used.* (We do not need an itemized budget however we need confirmation that you have read and understood how grant funds may be used.) 

* Required Field 

Note: character counts include spaces.


The following changes have been to the 2020 application:

We no longer offer a grant in the blog category. However, you may include blog writing as a component of your project in the Short-Form Writing category. See FAQ #6 for more information.

You can no longer apply for a Creative Capital Award the same year you apply for an Arts Writers Grant. If you have received a Creative Capital Award, you cannot apply for an Arts Writers Grant with the same project.