Review Criteria

In reviewing applications for Literature Fellowships, advisory panelists consider solely the artistic excellence and artistic merit of the work that is submitted. The identity of the applicant is not known to the panelists.

What Happens to Your Application

Applications are evaluated according to the review criteria above.

After processing by our staff, applications are reviewed, in closed session, by advisory panelists in the literature field. Each literature panel comprises a diverse group of arts experts and at least one knowledgeable layperson. Panel membership rotates regularly. Panel recommendations are forwarded to the National Council on the Arts, which then makes recommendations to the Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts. The Chairman reviews the Council’s recommendations and makes the final decision on all grant awards. Applicants are then notified of funding decisions.