- 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.
There is a section at the end of the application where you will the option to apply for a GrubStreet Fellowship.
There is no application fee.
Applications for the 2020-2021 Novel Incubator are now closed. All applicants will receive a response by early April, 2020.
The entire cost of the program is $8,495. Tuition is payable in two installments.
Fellowships 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.