Portfolio Requirements

Due to the demand for this program, portfolios that don't adhere to the guidelines will be disqualified.

Please supply recent work: specifically work that has been created since becoming a parent, and created within the last three years.

The requirements for each genre differ. Please check the requirements for your particular genre below before applying.

Writers

Creative Nonfiction
Early and Middle Grade Fiction
Fiction
Graphic Novels
Long Form Journalism
Other
Picture Books
Playwriting
Poetry
Young Adult Fiction

Visual Artists

Book Arts
Drawing
Fiber Arts and Textiles
Illustration
Installation
Mixed Media
Other
Painting
Photography
Printmaking
Sculpture

Creative Nonfiction

Creative nonfiction (also known as literary nonfiction or narrative nonfiction) is a genre of writing that uses literary styles and techniques to create factually accurate narratives. If this describes your work, then you should feel welcome to apply in this category.

Please note that we do not accept general nonfiction submissions, and we specifically do not accept submissions of self-help books, motivational writing, travel or other guidebooks.

Requirements for submissions in in this genre:

  • 15 double-spaced pages, maximum (you may submit a single long sample or multiple shorter samples)
  • English
  • page numbers
  • 11- or 12-point standard serif font (for example, Times, Palatino, or Cambria)
  • PDF format only; Microsoft Word documents will not be accepted
  • no identifying information: no name on a cover page; no name in the header/footer; no scanned copies of published work with your name visible. Autobiographical works that reference your name in the body of the submission are acceptable.

Early and Middle Grade Fiction

Requirements for submissions in in this genre:
  • 15 double-spaced pages, maximum (you may submit a single long sample or multiple shorter samples)
  • English
  • page numbers
  • 11- or 12-point standard serif font (for example, Times, Palatino, or Cambria)
  • PDF format only; Microsoft Word documents will not be accepted
  • no identifying information: no name on a cover page; no name in the header/footer; no scanned copies of published work with your name visible

Fiction

Requirements for submissions in in this genre:
  • 15 double-spaced pages, maximum (you may submit a single long sample or multiple shorter samples)
  • English
  • page numbers
  • 11- or 12-point standard serif font (for example, Times, Palatino, or Cambria)
  • PDF format only; Microsoft Word documents will not be accepted
  • no identifying information: no name on a cover page; no name in the header/footer; no scanned copies of published work with your name visible

Graphic Novels

If you write and illustrate your works, you may submit samples of 1-2 works, not to exceed 20 pages in a single PDF.

Please follow our guidelines about keeping portfolio submissions anonymous. Do not include the cover of your book if it has your name on it.

The general guidelines for writers regarding fonts and page numbering do not apply to graphic novels.

If you illustrate graphic novels, but don't write the text, we advise that you submit an application as a visual arts illustrator.

If you write the text for graphic novels, but don't illustrate them yourself, you have two options:

  • You may apply collaboratively with your illustrator only if the illustrator is also eligible for our awards (is a parent of a child under 18)
  • You may apply with just the text of up to 3 works, not to exceed 20 pages.
We recognize that a single PDF with images and text will exceed our standard maximum file size of 5MB. Graphic novelists may submit PDFs as large as 30MB. If you have questions about file size, please contact us.

Please read our guidelines regarding collaborations carefully.

Long Form Journalism

Long form journalism, related to narrative or literary journalism, is a genre of writing typically combining factual reporting with a narrative style, and usually running several thousand words long. If this describes your work, then you should feel welcome to apply in this category. Please note that we do not accept general nonfiction submissions, and we specifically do not accept submissions of self-help books, motivational writing, travel or other guidebooks; blog posts and short newspaper articles are also not accepted.

Requirements for submissions in in this genre:

  • 15 double-spaced pages, maximum (you may submit a single long sample or multiple shorter samples)
  • English
  • page numbers
  • 11- or 12-point standard serif font (for example, Times, Palatino, or Cambria)
  • PDF format only; Microsoft Word documents will not be accepted
  • no identifying information: no name on a cover page; no name in the header/footer; no scanned copies of published work with your name visible

Other

Requirements for submissions in in this genre:
  • 15 double-spaced pages, maximum (you may submit a single long sample or multiple shorter samples)
  • written English
  • page numbers
  • 11- or 12-point standard serif font (for example, Times, Palatino, or Cambria)
  • PDF format only; Microsoft Word documents will not be accepted
  • no identifying information: no name on a cover page; no name in the header/footer; no scanned copies of published work with your name visible

Picture Books

If you write and illustrate your works, you may submit PDFs of 2 complete books.

We do not accept hard copies of books.

The general guidelines for writers regarding fonts and page numbering do not apply to picture books.

Individual PDFS must be no larger than 30MB

Please follow our guidelines about keeping portfolio submissions anonymous. Do not include the cover of your book if it has your name on it.

If you illustrate picture books, but don't write the text, we advise that you submit an application as a visual arts illustrator.

If you write the text for picture books, but don't illustrate them yourself, you have two options:

  • You may apply collaboratively with your illustrator only if the illustrator is also eligible for our awards (is a parent of a child under 18)
  • You may apply with just the text of up to 3 books, not to exceed 15 pages.

Please read our guidelines regarding collaborations carefully.

Playwriting

Playwrights may submit 25 pages, maximum (you may submit a single long sample or multiple shorter samples).

Please use standard script formatting conventions (there are many online references).

You may include a title page and/or a character page if you like, and these do not count towards your 25 pages.

Requirements for submissions in in this genre:

  • English
  • 11- or 12-point standard serif font (for example, Times, Palatino, or Cambria)
  • PDF format only; Microsoft Word documents will not be accepted
  • no identifying information: no name on a cover page; no name in the header/footer; no scanned copies of published work with your name visible

Poetry

Poets may submit 10 poems, not to exceed 15 pages total, in a single PDF. Please start each poem on a new page.

Requirements for submissions in in this genre:

  • English
  • 11- or 12-point standard serif font (for example, Times, Palatino, or Cambria)
  • PDF format only; Microsoft Word documents will not be accepted
  • In the required date pulldown, please note the date of the oldest poem you are submitting
  • No identifying information: no name on a cover page; no name in the header/footer; no scanned copies of published work with your name visible

Young Adult Fiction

Requirements for submissions in in this genre:
  • 15 double-spaced pages, maximum (you may submit a single long sample or multiple shorter samples)
  • English
  • page numbers
  • 11- or 12-point standard serif font (for example, Times, Palatino, or Cambria)
  • PDF format only; Microsoft Word documents will not be accepted
  • no identifying information: no name on a cover page; no name in the header/footer; no scanned copies of published work with your name visible

Book Arts

Book arts is a genre involving making unique (or limited edition) artistic or literary books by hand. It may involve papermaking, printmaking, letterpress, calligraphy, binding, paper marbling, paste papers, and the like.

If your work does not involve physically making or altering books by hand, you should not apply in this genre.

Requirements for submissions in in this genre:

  • one image each of 10 individual works of art
  • up to 5 additional images to provide detail and installation shots, if appropriate
  • individual JPG or PNG files of each image
  • high resolution images (1,000 - 3,000 pixels per side)
  • individual image size limited to no more than 5MB
While we ask that portfolio submissions not have identifying information on them, signatures on works of art are acceptable.

It is not acceptable to direct us to your website to view your portfolio. The process of editing and curating one's work is extremely important and it is up to you to select the images that best represent your work. Our review is based on the strength of the work submitted with your application.

Drawing

If you illustrate (but do not write) picture books or graphic novels, please submit your application under Illustration rather than Drawing.

Requirements for submissions in in this genre:

  • one image each of 10 individual works of art
  • up to 5 additional images to provide detail and installation shots, if appropriate
  • individual JPG or PNG files of each image
  • high resolution images (1,000 - 3,000 pixels per side)
  • individual image size limited to no more than 5MB
While we ask that portfolio submissions not have identifying information on them, signatures on works of art are acceptable.

It is not acceptable to direct us to your website to view your portfolio. The process of editing and curating one's work is extremely important and it is up to you to select the images that best represent your work. Our review is based on the strength of the work submitted with your application.

Fiber Arts and Textiles

Requirements for submissions in in this genre:

  • one image each of 10 individual works of art
  • up to 5 additional images to provide detail and installation shots, if appropriate
  • individual JPG or PNG files of each image
  • high resolution images (1,000 - 3,000 pixels per side)
  • individual image size limited to no more than 5MB
While we ask that portfolio submissions not have identifying information on them, signatures on works of art are acceptable.

It is not acceptable to direct us to your website to view your portfolio. The process of editing and curating one's work is extremely important and it is up to you to select the images that best represent your work. Our review is based on the strength of the work submitted with your application.

Illustration

Requirements for submissions in in this genre:

  • one image each of 10 individual works of art
  • up to 5 additional images to provide detail and installation shots, if appropriate
  • individual JPG or PNG files of each image
  • high resolution images (1,000 - 3,000 pixels per side)
  • individual image size limited to no more than 5MB
While we ask that portfolio submissions not have identifying information on them, signatures on works of art are acceptable.

It is not acceptable to direct us to your website to view your portfolio. The process of editing and curating one's work is extremely important and it is up to you to select the images that best represent your work. Our review is based on the strength of the work submitted with your application.

Installation

We understand that installation pieces can be much larger and more time-consuming to produce than other types of work. Installation artists need not submit 10 unique works of art, but may submit multiple images/views from at least three different installation pieces to satisfy our portfolio requirements.

Requirements for submissions in in this genre:

  • at least 10 and up to 15 individual images of at least three different installation pieces
  • individual JPG or PNG files of each image
  • high resolution images (1,000 - 3,000 pixels per side)
  • individual image size limited to no more than 5MB

    While we ask that portfolio submissions not have identifying information on them, signatures on works of art are acceptable.

    It is not acceptable to direct us to your website to view your portfolio. The process of editing and curating one's work is extremely important and it is up to you to select the images that best represent your work. Our review is based on the strength of the work submitted with your application.

    Mixed Media

    Requirements for submissions in in this genre:

    • one image each of 10 individual works of art
    • up to 5 additional images to provide detail and installation shots, if appropriate
    • individual JPG or PNG files of each image
    • high resolution images (1,000 - 3,000 pixels per side)
    • individual image size limited to no more than 5MB
    While we ask that portfolio submissions not have identifying information on them, signatures on works of art are acceptable.

    It is not acceptable to direct us to your website to view your portfolio. The process of editing and curating one's work is extremely important and it is up to you to select the images that best represent your work. Our review is based on the strength of the work submitted with your application.

    Other

    Requirements for submissions in in this genre:

    • one image each of 10 individual works of art
    • up to 5 additional images to provide detail and installation shots, if appropriate
    • individual JPG or PNG files of each image
    • high resolution images (1,000 - 3,000 pixels per side)
    • individual image size limited to no more than 5MB
    While we ask that portfolio submissions not have identifying information on them, signatures on works of art are acceptable.

    It is not acceptable to direct us to your website to view your portfolio. The process of editing and curating one's work is extremely important and it is up to you to select the images that best represent your work. Our review is based on the strength of the work submitted with your application.

    Painting

    Requirements for submissions in in this genre:

    • one image each of 10 individual works of art
    • up to 5 additional images to provide detail and installation shots, if appropriate
    • individual JPG or PNG files of each image
    • high resolution images (1,000 - 3,000 pixels per side)
    • individual image size limited to no more than 5MB
    While we ask that portfolio submissions not have identifying information on them, signatures on works of art are acceptable.

    It is not acceptable to direct us to your website to view your portfolio. The process of editing and curating one's work is extremely important and it is up to you to select the images that best represent your work. Our review is based on the strength of the work submitted with your application.

    Photography

    Requirements for submissions in in this genre:

    • one image each of 10 individual works of art
    • up to 5 additional images to provide detail and installation shots, if appropriate
    • individual JPG or PNG files of each image
    • high resolution images (1,000 - 3,000 pixels per side)
    • individual image size limited to no more than 5MB
    While we ask that portfolio submissions not have identifying information on them, signatures on works of art are acceptable.

    It is not acceptable to direct us to your website to view your portfolio. The process of editing and curating one's work is extremely important and it is up to you to select the images that best represent your work. Our review is based on the strength of the work submitted with your application.

    Printmaking

    Requirements for submissions in in this genre:

    • one image each of 10 individual works of art
    • up to 5 additional images to provide detail and installation shots, if appropriate
    • individual JPG or PNG files of each image
    • high resolution images (1,000 - 3,000 pixels per side)
    • individual image size limited to no more than 5MB
    While we ask that portfolio submissions not have identifying information on them, signatures on works of art are acceptable.

    It is not acceptable to direct us to your website to view your portfolio. The process of editing and curating one's work is extremely important and it is up to you to select the images that best represent your work. Our review is based on the strength of the work submitted with your application.

    Sculpture

    Requirements for submissions in in this genre:

    • one image each of 10 individual works of art
    • up to 5 additional images to provide detail and installation shots, if appropriate
    • individual JPG or PNG files of each image
    • high resolution images (1,000 - 3,000 pixels per side)
    • individual image size limited to no more than 5MB
    While we ask that portfolio submissions not have identifying information on them, signatures on works of art are acceptable.

    It is not acceptable to direct us to your website to view your portfolio. The process of editing and curating one's work is extremely important and it is up to you to select the images that best represent your work. Our review is based on the strength of the work submitted with your application.