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Application—Writing Sample Instructions

Writing Sample Instructions

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.

All samples must be in English. 

Each writing sample must be submitted as a separate PDF. The maximum accepted file size for PDF documents is 10 MB each.

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

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. We do not recommend submitting interviews as writing samples, as interview based-projects are not eligible for an Arts Writers Grant. You may submit an unpublished chapter or an excerpt of your manuscript as a writing sample. Writing samples do not need to be previously published.

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, the text must be legible and clear when viewed at 100%. If your scanned PDF is not legible, evaluators are not required to read it. 


Total word count for collaborative projects should not exceed 15,000 words. If you have co-authored texts with your collaborator, please include at least one such text as a writing sample.