A brief reminder that the deadline for the spring 2011 Createquity Writing Fellowship is fast approaching. Applications have been steadily trickling in, but if the procrastinating ways of my peer group are any guide, I’m quite sure the floodgates will open over the weekend. Word to the wise: at 12pm Eastern on January 18, the competition closes – no extensions, no exceptions. Sounds harsh, but on the plus side the application is designed to take you all of about ten minutes if you have materials at the ready.

While I have your attention, I’ll take this opportunity to answer a few frequently asked questions about the fellowship and the application process:

I’m from [insert country here] and want to apply to the fellowship. Am I eligible?

For some reason, this is by far the most common question I’ve received. The answer is YES, you may apply to the fellowship if you’re from outside of the United States. The only caveat that I would offer is that most of Createquity’s readers are located in North America; thus, if your goal is to write from an international perspective, it will be important to present your thoughts in a way that will be accessible to people who aren’t familiar with cultural policies around the world.

What should I offer to write about?

You tell me! Seriously, I am much more interested in hearing about what gets you excited than in telling you what I think you should be writing about. The best applications will be as concrete and specific as possible in describing the issues that you feel are worth exploring through your writing.

How many Fellows will you choose?

I’m not saying. :) In all seriousness, I’m leaving this open since I don’t want to be locked into an arbitrary number. However, I do anticipate choosing at least one and probably no more than four.

Good luck to everybody, and stay tuned for the announcement on February 1!