Frequently Asked Questions
Before contacting us, please take a minute to read through our frequently asked questions below.
If you don’t see your question answered, please feel free to contact us.
- Are artists living in other countries eligible to apply?
- Yes. We have no geographical restrictions on our applicants. This applies both to U.S. citizens living abroad as well as to citizens of other countries.
Collaborators and Joint Applications
- May applicants apply for an award jointly? If so, how should collaborators apply?
- Collaborators may apply if they have some history together and will be submitting a portfolio that consists of work done together. Our program is not designed to support a future project by collaborators that have never worked together.
All members of a collaborative application must meet our eligibility guidelines: each must have at least one dependent child under the age of 18.
Note that one applicant should list him or herself as the primary contact. The answers to essay questions (biography, artistic statement, CV, and future plans) should reference all collaborators, not just the primary contact.
- Are artists who work in multiple disciplines eligible to apply?
- Absolutely. Here’s what we recommend: if the bodies of work are truly connected and make each other better, then you should certainly apply and attach samples from both disciplines. (Imagine a book of essays with accompanying photographs). In this case, you’ll still be asked to choose one “main” category (artist or writer) under which the application is filed.
On the other hand, if the two disciplines are more distinct—you are a poet who paints—then you may consider applying in each discipline separately.
- Are applicants who are pregnant, but do not yet have a child, eligible to apply?
- First of all, congratulations!
However, you really need to have an “outside baby” to apply. The spirit of our award is to acknowledge the struggle of continuing one’s creative work while simultaneously raising a child. This is meant in no way to diminish anyone else’s struggle, nor to suggest that pregnancy itself doesn’t impact one’s ability to work or focus.
We encourage applicants who are expecting to apply after the baby has arrived and inspired all sorts of new and exciting work!
- What should writers do with regard to font size, spacing, and margins?
- Writing samples should be double-spaced, 11- or 12-point size, in an easily legible font (serif fonts, such as Times, Palatino, Cambria, etc. are preferred)
- How long should the answers to the various essay questions (biography, artist statement, etc.) be?
- We don’t have word limits for our essay questions. Every applicant has a different way of approaching these questions; some will write more than others.
- What size or resolution should attached images be?
- Our preference is for the highest quality images you can provide. Quite simply, we want to be able to judge your work at its absolute best. Individual images should be 5 MB or less.
Publications and Exhibitions
- Is it a requirement that my work have been previously published or exhibited?
- We have no requirement that applicants have had their work previously published or exhibited. That said, our program is designed to reward artistic excellence, and you should only apply with work that is completely polished and of the highest caliber.
- Your guidelines ask for “recent work.” What does that mean exactly?
- At the very least, we want to see work that has been produced since you’ve had children. Beyond that we don’t have an explicit rule about what defines recent. Work created in the last two years would certainly qualify. We do recognize that everyone’s situation and schedule is unique and also that certain disciplines are more time-consuming than others.
- Can I re-apply for these awards if I’ve applied in the past?
- Yes, you can. If you choose to re-apply, we do strongly recommend submitting at least some new work.
Confidentiality, Privacy and Copyright
- Will my application materials be shared or made public?
- We take confidentiality very seriously. The only people that will see your application materials are those jurors that have been assigned to review it. These jurors are former award winners — parent artists and writers themselves — and so they have a built-in empathy towards the needs (confidentiality and privacy among others) of their fellow artists and writers.
No submitted content can be copied, shared, disseminated in any form. The sole exception is that we will, with permission, excerpt samples from the submission of our award winners on our website.
- Do I retain the rights to my work?
- Absolutely. All applicants retain complete rights to their work. We make absolutely no claim of ownership to your submitted work.
- Why are you factoring race into your decisions?
- Please read our statement on our website for more information about this decision.
- How did you come up with the categories you’re using on your application?
- We have been collecting volunteered anonymous data from our applicants for three years through a post-application survey. We’ve been using the format and questions used by the 2010 Census. On our application, we’re using a newer format being proposed for the 2020 Census which we feel captures the information we desire in a more natural format.
- How will this information be used in your selection process?
- We remain committed to artistic and literary excellence. Applicants, as always, will be selected on the strength of their submitted portfolios. Information regarding the self-reported racial identity of our applicants will remain anonymous in the early stages of our selection process. We will start to include race as an additional factor in our decision-making only after applicants have already demonstrated their excellence.