Writing Sample Instructions
- All samples must be in English.
- Samples need not be published, but they should reflect your highest accomplishment.
Please refer to the project-specific pages for guidelines regarding the number of writing samples and their word counts.
- 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, the collaborators should each submit one writing sample of up to 10,000 words (approximately thirty typescript pages).
- If your project is a collaboration with someone who is not a writer, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss your collaborator's sample.
Note: Collaborations are not permitted in the Short-Form Writing category.
- All writing samples must be submitted as PDF files uploaded to your online application form (with the exception of websites for Blog and New and Alternative Media applicants).
- We prefer a PDF created from a computer file, such as a Microsoft Word document. (If you need assistance creating PDFs, see FAQ #33). Prior to generating a PDF, please ensure that 1) the pages are numbered, 2) the document is double-spaced, and 3) the text is in twelve-point font.
- If you must use a scan from a magazine, please make sure that your text is legible when printed on an 8.5" x 11" piece of paper at 100%, and that the orientation of the document is portrait (not landscape).
You will need to provide the following information regarding your writing samples
- Description (100 words max)
- Publisher (if applicable)
- Word Count
For Blog and New and Alternative Media applicants only
If you are applying for an existing blog, please submit
- the URL of your blog and the URLs of five representative posts.
If you are applying for a New and Alternative Media project with a website, please submit
- the URL, including any special navigation instructions