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: 10,000 words; Blog & Short-Form Writing: 5,000 words

Samples do not need to 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 PDFs.

We prefer writing samples that are created in a writing software program and saved as a PDF. If you must use a scan from a magazine, please make sure that the text is legible and clear when viewed at 100%. If your scanned PDF is not legible,  evaluators are not required to read it. If you aren’t sure about the legibility, please email us at We do not accept links to online writing samples.

Writing Sample Information

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

Title, Description, Date, Publisher, Word Count

Blog URLs

  • If you are applying to fund an existing blog, 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.
A visual artist collaborator can submit one PDF with up to fifteen images. To submit other media please email