Candidates may submit proposals in the field of creative writing. All materials should be submitted digitally if possible, on cd, dvd or flash drive. Hard copies of work samples are optional but may be included in the application package. In the event manuscripts are submitted which are not firmly attached to an application, each should be individually labeled to show the applicant's name. The date of execution of each work should be given. For the purpose of historical value, the winner is expected to submit a signed and dated manuscript to be added to the CINTAS Fellows Collection.
Since 1963, the CINTAS Foundation has awarded over 81 fellowships in creative writing. In addition to supporting Cuban artists, many early in their careers, the CINTAS Foundation also maintains a growing collection of works by past awardees and other esteemed Cuban artists. For the purpose of historical value and documentation, award recipients are encouraged to submit creative writings sample, signed book, or other such representative samples of their work to be added to the CINTAS Fellows Collection after the grant period.
Application Guidelines - Fellowship in Creative Writing
Eligibility: Creative artists, living in or outside of Cuba, of Cuban citizenship or direct lineage (having a Cuban parent or grandparent). Applicants engaged in research, students, or performing artists are not eligible to apply for CINTAS Fellowships.
The original application, in black ink or, preferably, typewritten, must be submitted. The application must be completed in English or Spanish. Please complete all sections of the application.
Artist's and Project Statements
Prepare two narrative statements: The Artist's Statement describes your personal history, your development as an artist, and your plans for the future. The Project Statement describes the project or activity that you would undertake if awarded a Cintas Fellowship. Please include a timeline for the project, and identify other sources, where appropriate, of funding for the project.
Letters of Recommendation
Candidates must submit two letters of recommendation with the application. Letters may be submitted separately, if necessary, but must be received by the application deadline. Each letter of recommendation must be submitted in a sealed envelope, with the recommender's signature across the seal. Letters of recommendation must be written in English or Spanish.
Submission of Work Samples
All material should be submitted to the Cintas Fellowship Selection Program by the application deadline. Acceptable formats are DVDs and CDs. The material must be accompanied by the Work Sample Form. Pieces should be carefully itemized on this form.
Return of Work Samples
Work samples will be returned to candidates following the competition, provided that Cintas Fellowship Program is furnished with a self-addressed envelope or mailing container stamped with the appropriate postage.
NOTICE TO APPLICANTS: The award is considered taxable income under US tax law and the Foundation will withhold appropriate US taxes. Fellows who are not U.S. citizens and who are living abroad must provide a U.S. taxpayer identification number when they accept the fellowship to receive payment. The address for the IRS website: www.irs.gov, at which the form is readily available.