This year, we will make awards of $5,000 each to twenty artists and writers with children. Additionally, we will name twenty finalists.Our awards offer unrestricted cash, and recipients can use the funds as they see fit.
Our selection process is focused almost entirely on the strength of the submitted portfolio.
To be eligible, the applicant must have at least one child under the age of 18. Parents of older children with a disability or special needs may also be eligible.Who Should Apply
Artists and writers with at least one child under the age of 18 and a strong portfolio of polished work are welcome to apply.We are inspired by anyone who is making creative work while raising a family. Given the intense demand for these awards (we typically receive 2,000-3,000 applications), and the fact that the awards are based on demonstrated excellence in your discipline, we don’t recommend that artists or writers who are beginning their creative careers apply to this program.
While we don’t require that applicants have published or exhibited their work, the rigor and critique involved in that process can certainly benefit the portfolio. Portfolios of writing or artwork created in a more personal vein for sharing with friends and family are not suitable.
We invite you to view our list of previous awardees and follow the links to their work to get a feel for their level of craft.
As of Fall 2016, we make half our awards to applicants of color. You can read more about this decision on our website.