1. What is the application review process?

All proposals are evaluated on the strength of the writing and the project proposal, as well as the capacity of the applicant to realize the project based on the samples provided and the writer’s publication history.

The review process has two steps. First, each application is reviewed by two outside evaluators. Second, applications with the highest scores advance to a final round in which a panel of outside jurors selects the grantees.

2. Do I need a confirmed publisher to apply?

No. You do not need a confirmed publisher to apply.

3. What do you mean by “Publication History/Bibliography”?

Your answer to this question should include information about the publications about contemporary visual art that make you eligible for a grant in your chosen category. You may also use this field to highlight publications that are relevant to your proposal. We recommend including publication dates and word counts where applicable.

4. How should I select my writing samples?

Writing samples should demonstrate your strength as a writer and should connect, where possible, to your project proposal. Recent writing samples are encouraged. Writing samples do not need to be previously published.

5. Are blog or podcast projects eligible for a grant?

You may apply with a Short-Form Writing project that incorporates a blog or podcast element. However, your proposal must clarify how the blog or podcast will be used in relation to your writing. Interview and conversation projects will not be considered.

6. Can I apply with a collaborator?

You may only apply with a collaborator in the Book category. Only one application per collaboration will be accepted: collaborators must select one member to be the primary applicant and contact. Collaborators must meet the requirements for age and student status. However, only the primary applicant must meet the citizenship requirement. If you have further questions in regard to collaborative projects, please email us at [email protected]

7. How can the grant money be used?

The grant aims to give writers time to write and is intended to cover costs associated with research and writing, not design and production. In addition to project expenses, we suggest you pay yourself a “writer’s fee” for the period you will be working on your project. Grant money can only be used to cover expenses incurred after you have been awarded the grant.

Expenses related to the realization of your project may include:

  • Writer’s fee;
  • Research;
  • Travel (airfare, car rental, ground transportation, lodging, meals, per diem);
  • Living expenses including child-care;
  • Image permissions and fees; reproduction and copying costs;
  • Costs related to editing, transcription, or translation.

Grantees must pay taxes on the money they receive from us. The IRS considers income from grants to be taxable.

8. How long is the grant period?

The grant period is one year, beginning in January. Short-Form Writing applicants are expected to publish regularly during this year. For Article and Book applicants, completion dates may extend beyond the grant year, and will vary depending on the project.


Questions: Please note that we only respond to questions via email. 

For general questions about the application, and questions regarding eligibility, please email: [email protected]

For technical questions about the SlideRoom application you can email SlideRoom directly at: [email protected].

For all other technical questions email: [email protected].