Since 1963, the CINTAS Foundation has awarded over 81 fellowships in creative writing. In addition to supporting Cuban artists, many early in their careers, the CINTAS Foundation also maintains a growing collection of works by past awardees and other esteemed Cuban artists. For the purpose of historical value and documentation, award recipients are encouraged to submit creative writing sample, signed book, or other such representative samples of their work to be added to the CINTAS Fellows Collection after the grant period.
Artist’s and Project Statements
Prepare two narrative statements: The Artist’s Statement describes your personal history, your development as an artist, and your plans for the future. The Project Statement describes the project or activity that you would undertake if awarded a CINTAS Fellowship. Please include a timeline for the project, and identify other sources, where appropriate, of funding for the project.
Candidates may submit proposals in the field of creative writing. Candidates are encouraged to send their materials electronically to the email address below or ship by express mail if necessary. Acceptable methods include links files, Dropbox, Hightail, or flash drive. In the event manuscripts are submitted which are not firmly attached to an application, each should be individually labelled to show the applicant’s name. The date of execution of each work should be given. For the purpose of historical value, the winner is expected to submit a signed and dated manuscript to be added to the CINTAS Fellows Collection.
Creative writer or artists of Cuban citizenship or direct lineage (having a Cuban parent or grandparent). Performing artists are not eligible to apply for CINTAS Fellowships. CINTAS Fellowships can only be awarded a maximum of 2 times to an individual.
All forms must be filled out and included in submission or or saved flash drive. All forms should be signed as required and electronic signatures are acceptable.
The full application must be submitted. The application must be completed in English or Spanish. Please complete all sections of the application.
Letters of Recommendation
Candidates must submit two letters of recommendation with the application. Letters may be submitted separately, if necessary, but must be received by the application deadline. Each letter of recommendation must be submitted as a PDF attached to an email, with the recommender’s signature and written in English or Spanish. Hard copies of the signed letter are also acceptable.
Submission of Work Samples
All material should be submitted to the CINTAS Fellowship Selection Program by the application deadline. Candidates are encouraged to send their materials electronically to the email address below or ship portfolios by express mail if necessary. Acceptable methods include links to sound files and PDFs of scores, Dropbox, Hightail, or flash drive. Materials must be accompanied by the Work Sample Form. Pieces should be carefully itemized on this form. Limit the submission to 10 (ten) samples.
Send material to:
Email: email@example.com (PREFERRED)
8724 Sunset Drive,
Miami, FL 33173
Return of Work Samples
Work samples will be returned to candidates following the competition, provided that Cintas Fellowship Program is furnished with a self-addressed envelope or mailing container stamped with the appropriate postage.
The CINTAS Application Form
The CINTAS Letters of Recommendation Form
The CINTAS Work Sample Form
Notice To Applicants
The award ($20,000 US) is considered taxable income under US tax law and the Foundation will withhold appropriate US taxes. Fellows who are not U.S. citizens and who are living abroad must provide a U.S. taxpayer identification number when they accept the fellowship to receive payment. The address for the IRS website: www.irs.gov, at which the form is readily available. The Foundation’s grant of an award is subject to current and future U.S. laws and regulations that may limit its ability to issue funds to Cuban Nationals.