Submission Requirements

  • The complete draft of your novel. Though the draft need not be polished, applicants should keep in mind that it will be competing with other submissions to the program. In particular, readers are looking for a unique and nuanced writing style, a good story, and writing material that promises breadth and substance. We accept novel drafts up to 450 pages only (12-point font and 1-inch margins). 
  • A synopsis of 300 words or less that reveals the full arc of the book.

  • A brief personal statement about what you hope to gain from this course of study and what your experience has been in previous workshops and/or consultations and writing groups. This personal statement should include your best estimate of how many hours you will be able to devote to class work each week, not including classroom time and your own writing.

  • Nomination by a GrubStreet instructor or equivalent workshop leader. No letter is necessary. There is a place on the application form to list your nominator and his/her contact info.

  • Experience in at least one workshop at GrubStreet or an equivalent writing center, MFA program or conference. There is a place on the application form to list the titles & dates of previous workshops.

  • If applying for one of our scholarships, you must submit a separate scholarship application. You will also be provided the link to the scholarship application at the end of the Novel Incubator's online application form. You only need to submit this application once.

  • There is no application fee.

  • The deadline for application was February 14, 2019.

  • Applicants will be notified of their acceptance status by April 1st, 2019. We strongly encourage students to apply as early as possible.


The entire cost of the program is $8,495. Tuition is payable in two installments, the first before April 15th, 2019; the second before October 15th, 2019. 

Scholarships are available and based on a combination of merit and financial need. We strive to locate support for our students who need it, and may offer awardees anywhere from 25% to 75% support, depending on our funding year, and the number of successful applicants. You can access the Novel Incubator Scholarship Application here.