Do I have to be based in Portland?
No, the application states that fellows need not be based in or move to Portland for a fellowship. Fellows can be located anywhere in the world, or at least anywhere with access to email and Skype.
Is there an age limit?
There is no set age limit.
How do you define "emerging"?
By "emerging" we mean a writer who has some experience writing for an audience (maybe school newspapers, a blog, regional or local writing or reporting, online sites, an awesome Twitter account), but who has not been published widely.
How long should my samples be?
Let's put it this way: If you submit your dissertation, we're probably not going to get past the first few pages. Anywhere from 600 words to 2,500 is probably safe.
What if I've contributed to Bitch in the past?
Again, this is noted in the application: People who have contributed to Bitch in the past will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
What if I don't have many writing samples?
Then you can use this as a chance to write something specifically for this application! Preferably in the subject area of the fellowship for which you are applying.
What if my writing samples aren't about the subject I'm applying for?
What if I'm interested in more than one subject?
As noted in the application, applicants may apply for a fellowship in more than one area, but must submit separate applications for each.
Can I call the office to ask my question that's been answered here?
Please don't. We have one phone line and a very small, busy staff.