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Application Instructions

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

You should plan to submit a work sample 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 Candace Wait, Program Director, at 518-584-0746 or Include your name and discipline in all correspondence. For technical assistance during the application process, contact


Fiction and Nonfiction: PDF, the equivalent of a double-spaced manuscript of no more than 20 pages, about 5,000 words. One or more short stories or essays or a portion of a novel or full-length work of fiction may be submitted. Do not submit a synopsis unless it is necessary for a reader to understand the text.

Drama and Libretto: PDF, the equivalent of a double-spaced typescript of no more than 20 pages, about 5,000 words. Those adapting from another genre should provide an appropriate segment of the original work.

Poetry: PDF, 10 short one-page poems or appropriate excerpts of a longer poem. The submission should be no more than 10 pages.

Translation: PDF, following the requirements for the genre in the original language. Please submit both your translation and the original text.

All artists working in a language other than English should submit work samples in both the original language and English translations.


Images are viewed by the Admissions Committee both on personal computer screens and large screen projection.

Required: Seven jpg digital images.

Optional: Documentary or elemental video of an installation.


Instrumental forms (symphonic, chamber music, band), vocal forms (opera, choral, songs), electronic music, music for film, sound art.

Two separate musical scores: PDF (10 MB/each).

Recordings of one or both scores: MP3 (30 MB/each).

For works created without a score, a brief statement (PDF) should be included.


Performance art, choreography, multimedia, and/or collaborative works incorporating live performance.

Required: Video documentation of up to three excerpts totaling 10 minutes in length. Each video must be under 60MB, saved as mov, flv or wmv. The recommended dimension is 640 x 480px.

Required: Brief description in PDF form of the documented performance(s), 250 words maximum, including date, location, and major collaborators.


Videos and films which are principally cinematic in nature.

For videographers and filmmakers:

Required: Video, no more than 10 minutes in length. Each video must be under 60MB, saved as mov, flv or wmv. The recommended dimension is 640 x 480px.

Optional: Brief written explanation (PDF).

For screenwriters:

Required: PDF of a screenplay, no more than 10,000 words. May include a brief synopsis if necessary.

N.B. Recently a British company usurped our trademarked name and attempted to use it to launch a streaming service for documentary film. We do NOT endorse this streaming service, have any affiliation of any kind with it, or encourage participation.