Thomas Wolfe Scholarship Checklist for Applicants

WRITING SAMPLE: Submit ON-LINE, a SINGLE WORD document, that includes:

  • Application for The Thomas Wolfe Scholarship completed and emailed with other materials.
  • A personal essay of no more than five hundred (500) words, in which the applicant introduces him or herself as a writer and reader, as someone who aspires toward the writing life, entitled "Why I Write."
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation in sealed envelopes from people who are able to comment on aspects of your creativity and ambition, including ONE (1) from a teacher who is familiar with your writing and can verify the originality of your submission. (Letters of recommendation will be submitted separately, mailed [Att: Thomas Wolfe Scholarship, 202 Greenlaw Hall, CB #3520, UNC-CH, Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3520], on letterhead stationary. They MUST be postmarked no later than NOVEMBER 15, 2017.)
  • WRITING SAMPLE: Submit ON-LINE, a SINGLE WORD document, that includes 1) A copy of the APPLICATION with your responses (application is provided on the TWS Web site); 2) Your 500-word "Why I Write" narrative; 3) A TABLE OF CONTENTS, indicating titles (and genres) of work submitted; 4) Your original work, in order listed by your table of contents. Submit to
    • If you are submitting FICTION, 25 pages, double-spaced, minimum; 50 pages, double-spaced maximum. You may submit short stories, a novella, or chapters from a novel-in-progress. If submitting a longer work, please include a one-page synopsis of the project.
    • If you are submitting POETRY, 20 pages minimum; 40 pages maximum.
    • If you are submitting a DRAMATIC WORK, one full-length play, 40-60 pages, maximum OR two to three one-act plays, 40-60 pages combined maximum.
    • If you are submitting LITERARY JOURNALISM or CREATIVE NON-FICTION (personal narratives, travel or nature essays, book or film criticism, profiles, memoir, belles-lettres), 25 pages double-spaced minimum, 50 pages double-spaced maximum.
    • If you are submitting in MULTIPLE GENRES, 25 pages minimum, 60 pages maximum.
  • YOUR SUBMISSION MUST BE COMPLETE at the time you electronically submit it. Requests for additions, updates, revisions will not be honored. Incomplete submissions will automatically disqualify the applicant.