All application materials, including contact information, resume, work sample, and reference must be submitted through Complete, step-by-step instructions are offered on the SlideRoom website. The application portal opens in June for the August 1 deadline and early November for the January 5 deadline.

Submit a work sample(s) that reflects the type of project you will pursue during your residency, and that represents recent, finished work. Work samples may be visual images, video, PDF files or MP3 files, depending on the individual requirements of each of the five artistic disciplines. You may apply in only one discipline and one genre. Only submit what is requested. Additional support materials (e.g., reviews) will not be considered.

Questions that are not already answered in our FAQs about instructions or policies should be addressed to Christin Williams, Program Director, at 518-584-0746 or Include your name and discipline in all correspondence. For technical assistance during the application process, contact

Please note: Requirements for work samples have changed. Follow the instructions in Slideroom for your specific discipline, outlined below.


Submit a writing sample (PDF) in manuscript format, double-spaced, and easily readable. Include a full work sample in addition to a two-page excerpt of the same or a different sample.

Fiction and Nonfiction: Sample, no more than 20 pages, about 5,000 words. Plus: Two-page excerpt.

Drama and Libretto: Sample, no more than 30 pages, about 5,000 words. Plus: Two-page excerpt.

Poetry: Sample, no more than 10 pages. Plus: Two-page excerpt.

Translation: Following requirements for your genre, submit both your translation and the original text. Plus: Two-page excerpt.

Graphic novel: Synopsis of proposed or previous work as well as up to 10 pages of script or sequential narrative art. Plus: Two-page excerpt.

Visual Art

Submit images of visual artwork. Note: Images are viewed by the Admissions Committee both on personal computer screens and on a large screen via projection.

Required: Seven digital images (JPG ).

Optional: Documentary or elemental video of an installation.

Music Composition

Submit samples of your work in addition to a preview excerpt.

Two separate musical scores (PDF, 10 MB each). Recordings of one or both scores (MP3, 30 MB each). Audio samples should be not exceed 10 minutes. For works created without a score, a brief statement (PDF) should be included. Plus: Two-minute excerpt.


Submit samples of your performance work in addition to a preview excerpt.

Include video documentation of up to three excerpts totaling 10 minutes in length. Submit continuous excerpts, as opposed to a trailer. Video links or direct uploads may be included. Each video must be under 250MB, saved as .m4v, .mov, .mp4, .wmv, .flv, .asf, .mpeg, .mpg, or .mkv. The recommended dimension is 640 x 480px. If submitting a link, please ensure that it will be available through application notification. The admissions panel cannot access links set with privacy settings. Plus: Include a two-minute continuous excerpt.

Optional: Brief description (PDF) of the performance(s), 250 words or less, including date, location, and major collaborators.

Film & Video

Submit a sample of your work in addition to an excerpt.


Video or film segment, no longer than 10 minutes, links permitted. Videos files must be no larger than 250MB and submitted as .m4v, .mov, .mp4, .wmv, .flv, .asf, .mpeg, .mpg, .mkv. The recommended dimensions are 640 X 480px. Plus: Two-minute excerpt, must be a direct upload.

Optional: Brief description (PDF) of the sample, 250 words or less.


Screenplay (PDF), no more than 10,000 words or 30 pages. May include a brief synopsis if necessary. Plus: Two-page excerpt.

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