Application for 2018 Cinder MFA Scholarship

To apply for the Cinder MFA Scholarship, please fill out the form below and upload the appropriate documents as requested.

The process is entirely digital. All fields with a red asterisk must be completed, and you must submit a creative writing sample and a book proposal.

After you have completed all required fields, submit your application by clicking the "Submit" button at the bottom of the form. Clicking the "Submit" button will complete the process and send us your full application with supporting materials.

Note: The deadline to apply for this scholarship is August 31, 2018.

  • Month/Day/Year as in 01/01/2015
  • Optional: This can be your personal or professional site, or some other site where we can view or read some of your work, such as a YouTube page or a blog.
  • If applying for the MFA scholarship, you are required to list here: 1. The university hosting the MFA program to which you were admitted (and the name of the school, if relevant). 2. The name of the program or major and the degree sought. 3. The year and month you started (or will start) the MFA program, and the year and month when you are scheduled to complete it. (Please leave this space blank if you are applying only for the workshop.)
  • Fill in the name of a professor, either in your current academic program (if ongoing), or from a previous program (if you are new to the MFA program), who can serve as an academic reference. (Please leave this blank if you are only applying for the workshop.)
  • Fill in the above faculty reference's email address and phone number here. (Please leave this blank if you are applying only for the workshop.)
  • Please describe here what you intend to use the scholarship money for (if you receive it), and why we should award the scholarship to you, in 1500 characters (or about 300 words) or less. (Please leave this blank if you are applying only for the workshop.)
  • In 1500 characters (about 300 words total) or less, please tell us about three individual rights that you would add to the U.S. Constitution that are either not currently present or enforced, or have been ignored, neglected, or reversed.
  • Please identify 3 authors whose work you admire, and in 500 characters (about 100 words) or less each (or 300 words in total), tell us why.
  • Accepted file types: pdf.
    Please upload a 1- or 2-page resume in PDF format detailing your education, work experience, contact information, and anything else in your background that you think may be relevant.
  • Accepted file types: pdf, doc, docx, jpg.
    A written creative sample must be submitted. It should be either part of a book manuscript, short story, screenplay, theatrical play, feature article, or extensive treatment. Ideally, it is part of, or related to, the book or screenplay you are proposing to work on in the workshop, but it does not have to be. Make sure your submission is formatted to industry standards,
    Novel Track (at least 50 pages or a completed novel);
    Graphic Novel Track (at least 20 pages or a completed novel);
    Narrative Non-fiction Track (at least 50 pages or a completed manuscript);
    Short Story Track (a completed short story of 8 to 25 pages),
    and converted to a PDF file. Only one written work may be submitted. Make sure it's clear (either from context or by adding an explanatory note) what kind of larger work it is drawn from (if any). Upload it by clicking on the "Choose File" button and selecting the file from your computer.
  • Write here the title or name of the story (book, screenplay, theatrical play, etc.) whose proposal you are submitting. (You will upload the proposal below.)
  • Accepted file types: pdf, doc, docx, jpg.
    Submit a story proposal or treatment (description of the story) that is no longer than one page (12-point type). This should not be the exact same text as your writing sample (but it can overlap, e.g., if you are submitting a longer book treatment as your sample, this could be a condensed version, or it can be a chapter from the proposed book). Only one proposal may be submitted, and it should have a liberty-related theme. Take care, as this is likely to be the story you will be working on during the Calliope workshop (scholarship recipients will also attend the workshop). Upload the proposal by clicking on the "Choose File" button and selecting the file from your computer (PDF only).
  • Tell us how you found out about us, such as through a particular listing, article, blog, organization, or personal referral. Please be specific, e.g., don't just say "a blog" or "a personal referral," give the name of the blog or person.
  • Optional: Here you can tell us anything else you think is vital for us to know, such as special requirements or scheduling issues. If you are a foreign national, here you can indicate your legal work or study status (e.g., green card or work visa), which is required to participate in our programs. unfortunately, we do have the resources to help any applicant to obtain such status.
    By checking this box, you attest that you have read and understood, and that you agree to abide by, the Rules and Release Agreement for our programs. (Click on the link if you haven't read it already.)