How To Apply & Deadlines

Applications are now open.
 
 Before applying, please carefully read:


deadlines

The BTL application deadline for U.S. and Non-U.S. students is March 31, 2021, by 11:59PM (23:59) CST (GMT-6). All applicants will be notified, both those who have been selected and those who have not, in May.  

Non-U.S. Students: The deadline to be considered for nomination, through the U.S. Embassy in your home country, may be sooner. Check with your U.S. embassy as soon as possible.

In 2021, The International Writing Program will host BTL: Identity and Belonging online (open to U.S. students only) from June 19-July 3, and BTL: Peace and the Writing Experience online (open to U.S. and international students) from July 10-24. ​​​​​ For more information about the sessions and the 2020 BTL virtual experience, please visit the ​​​​​​Between the Lines 2021 page
 

a note on formatting

The following formatting standards are required for all submitted documents. If not followed, applications may not be considered.

Format:         Typed (Microsoft Word document preferred but not required)
Font type:     Times New Roman
Font size:      12 point
Spacing:        Double
Margins:        1 inch on all sides
Header:         Include your name, name of piece (creative work, Prompt #1, Prompt #2, Statement of Purpose)
Footer:           Include page numbers
Citations:      If using other people’s words/content, always give them credit

U.S. students: See application information immediately below. 

International (non-U.S.) students: See application information below - skip to the spot here.



u.s. Student Application for both 
BTL programs
 


U.S. students apply directly to the International Writing Program (application link below). 

While students can only participate in one session, if you are a U.S. student willing to attend either BTL session there will be space in the application where you can indicate the order of your program preference.  

Access the U.S. Student Application Form here >

 

MATERIALS NEEDED FOR U.S. STUDENT APPLICATION:

You will need to prepare the materials outlined below. These include your creative work, your responses to the two written prompts, and a statement of purpose. These documents will be uploaded as attachments through the application form. 

NOTE: ONCE YOU SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION, IF IT DISPLAYS A MESSAGE THAT STATES “SUCCESSFULLY SUBMITTED TO WORKFLOW,” THEN WE HAVE RECEIVED YOUR APPLICATION.
 

Attachments for ­­U.S. Student Application:

  • Original creative prose (fiction and/or nonfiction) and/or poetry in English (6-8 pages). Book reports and other academic writing will not be accepted. You may submit one piece or several pieces of creative work to make the 6-8 page requirement. 

  • Prompt #1: The 2021 Between the Lines session will include discussion of identity as it relates to creative writing and the life of a writer. Please include your personal response to the following: 

    In our daily lives, we navigate many different roles—student, sibling, daughter, son, peer. We negotiate family, friends, religious groups, as well as class, gender, race, country, and so many other groups, adjusting the way we speak or behave to fit the demands of each encounter. As we move through the day, we work through how and why we occupy each particular role. What do you consider to be the strongest, most central aspects of your identity? What does it mean to you to be a member of (or seen as a member of) a particular group? In what way does your identity influence you as a creative writer and reader? (3 pages maximum) 

  • Prompt #2: An essential component of Between the Lines is encouraging participants to be vulnerable and explore the unfamiliar and unknown in a safe and supportive setting. At many points, whether in workshop or interpersonally, participants may feel out of their comfort zone. Please respond to the following: 

    Describe a time in your past when you had to engage with a new situation, person, or idea that initially felt uncomfortable or strange. How did you proceed? If you had the chance, what would you do the same, and what would you do differently? (400 words maximum) 

  • Write a statement of purpose describing why creative writing is important in your life, and what you hope to learn through our BTL program. (250 words maximum) 



International (non-u.s.) Students

BTL: Peace and the Writing Experience is paid for by funds from the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, therefore international applicants will apply to the U.S. Embassy or Consulate in their country. If you are interested in Between the Lines, you should first read our International (Non-U.S.) FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) page to ensure that you are eligible. The deadline for application at the U.S. Embassy/Consulate in your home country may be sooner than the deadline listed above. Check with your U.S. embassy as soon as possible.

U.S. Embassies/Consulates in the following countries are invited to nominate young writers for the 2021 BTL virtual program: Algeria, Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, China, Egypt, Georgia, India, Iraq, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Lebanon, Mongolia, Morocco, Pakistan, Poland, the Russian Federation, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, Tunisia, Ukraine, and United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Individuals from countries outside of these regions are unfortunately not eligible. We hope to expand the list of eligible countries in the near future. If your home country is eligible, please contact the U.S. Embassy in your home country for more information on their application process; you will need to prepare the materials listed below when you apply. You must then go through a process of nomination through the U.S. Embassy in your home country. If your U.S. embassy agrees to nominate you, they will apply for you, after you've provided them with the information and materials that the application requests.  

MATERIALS NEEDED FOR INTERNATIONAL (NON-U.S.) STUDENT APPLICATION 

The U.S. Embassy in your home country must first agree to nominate you, and then will submit an application for you. You will need to provide them with the materials outlined below. These include your original creative writing in English, your responses to the two written prompts, and a statement of purpose. Your prepared documents will be uploaded as attachments by your U.S. embassy through the application form. 

Attachments for 2021 International (Non-U.S.) Student Application: 

  • Original creative prose (fiction and/or nonfiction) and/or poetry in English (6-8 pages). Book reports and other academic writing will not be accepted. You may submit one piece or several pieces of creative work to make the 6-8 page requirement. 

  • Prompt #1: The 2021 Between the Lines session will include discussion of identity as it relates to creative writing and the life of a writer. Please include your personal response to the following: 

    In our daily lives, we navigate many different roles—student, sibling, daughter, son, peer. We negotiate family, friends, religious groups, as well as class, gender, race, country, and so many other groups, adjusting the way we speak or behave to fit the demands of each encounter. As we move through the day, we work through how and why we occupy each particular role. What do you consider to be the strongest, most central aspects of your identity? What does it mean to you to be a member of (or seen as a member of) a particular group? In what way does your identity influence you as a creative writer and reader? (3 pages maximum) 

  • Prompt #2: An essential component of Between the Lines is encouraging participants to be vulnerable and explore the unfamiliar and unknown in a safe and supportive setting. At many points, whether in workshop or interpersonally, participants may feel out of their comfort zone. Please respond to the following: 

    Describe a time in your past when you had to engage with a new situation, person, or idea that initially felt uncomfortable or strange. How did you proceed? If you had the chance, what would you do the same, and what would you do differently? (400 words maximum) 

  • Write a statement of purpose describing why creative writing is important in your life, and what you hope to learn through our BTL program. (250 words maximum) 

REMEMBER: The Between the Lines (BTL) Application deadline is
MARCH 31, 2021, by 11:59PM (23:59) CST (GMT-6).

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