Writing Fellowship Application

To apply to the Prospect's writing fellows' program, fill out the form below.  The postmarked and online deadline for 2014 applications is January 11.

Note: If you would like to save drafts of your application in our system before submitting it in its entirety, you can do so by creating an account with us and then navigating back to this page. If you already have a Prospect account, just make sure you're logged in.

Contact Information
Application Materials

Please upload the following in the fields below.

  • A résumé
  • A critique of the Prospect website as published on November 27, 2012, and found here. The critique should consider, among other points, the balance of pieces, their presentation, and the variety of individual voices. You are not expected to critique every article or blog, but you should engage with the argument of one or more pieces, looking at its style, clarity, and readability.
  • Three story ideas for The American Prospect that include 1) a reported feature or essay; 2) a piece on an important debate from the world of politics, policy, or ideas; 3) a multimedia story.
  • A response to the following questions: 1) What books, magazines, and/or blogs do you read and why? 2) Where do you see yourself in five years and why?
Writing Samples

Please provide three to four writing samples. These can include newspaper and magazine clips, academic papers, blog posts, and unpublished pieces—anything that demonstrates your writing style and reporting at their best.


Please provide two letters of recommendation.

If you would like for your recommenders to submit their letters online, fill in their names and e-mail addresses below; upon submission of your application, they will receive an e-mail link to file your recommendation.

If you would like for your recommenders to submit their recommendations before you submit your application, direct them here.

Finally, if you want to submit your letters via snail mail, have your recommenders send them to:

The American Prospect Writing Fellowship
1710 Rhode Island Ave. NW, Floor 12
Washington, D.C. 20036


Have you submitted your college and (if applicable) graduate school transcripts?