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. How can the grant money be used?

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

Expenses related to the realization of your project may include:
•   Writer’s fee
•   Research
•   Image permissions and fees; reproduction and copying costs
•   Travel (airfare, car rental, ground transportation, lodging, meals, per diem)
•   Living expenses, however you define them
•   Childcare expenses

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

3. How long is the grant period?

The grant period is one year, beginning in January. Short-Form Writing and Blog applicants are expected to publish regularly during this year. For Article and Book applicants, completion dates will vary depending on the specific project. The goal of the program is to support new writing. Books slated for completion early in the grant period do not allow for sufficient assistance from the program.

4. Do I need a confirmed publisher to apply?

You do not need a confirmed publisher to apply.

5. How should I select my writing samples? 

Writing samples may be selected with multiple considerations in mind. They 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. 

6. Are podcast projects eligible for a grant? 

You may apply with a blog project that incorporates a podcast element. However, as this is a grant for writers, your proposal must clarify how the podcast will be used in relation to your writing. Interview and conversation podcasts will not be considered. 

7. Can I apply with a collaborator?

Projects involving collaboration between writers or between a writer and a practitioner in another field are eligible to apply, except in the Short-Form category. Only one application per collaboration will be accepted: collaborators must select one member to be the primary 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 questions@artswriters.org. 

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

For general questions about the application, and questions regarding eligibility, please email: questions@artswriters.org

For technical questions about the SlideRoom application you can email SlideRoom directly at: support@slideroom.com.

For all other technical questions email: tech@artswriters.org.