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TERRA FOUNDATION FOR AMERICAN ART INTERNATIONAL PUBLICATION GRANT APPLICATION GUIDELINES

Letter of Intent

Before submitting a complete application on December 15, applicants to all three grants are required to submit a letter of intent (LOI) by September 15. After reviewing the LOI, CAA will contact the applicant with an invitation to submit a formal application if the project is deemed eligible for an award.

The letter should be no longer than three pages. Please include the following:

For Scholarly Monographs

  • A description of the project
  • Information on the publication's target audience
  • How the book fits into the press's publication program
  • How the book will be illustrated
  • The book's formats (print, ebook, etc.)
  • The grant amount requested
  • A description of how the grant will be used
  • Information about peer reviews (number and name of reviewers, if already complete)
  • Information about the exclusion of any required application components

For Translations:

  • A description of the project
  • Information on the publication's target audience: For whom is this book marketed?
  • How the book fits into the press's publication program
  • How the book will be illustrated
  • The current language of the manuscript
  • The language for translation
  • Whether or not the book will be a dual-language publication
  • The second language for translation, if any
  • The significance of the original text and its translation into another language
  • The book's formats (print, ebook, etc.)
  • The grant amount requested
  • A description of how the grant will be used
  • Information about peer reviews (number and name of reviewers, if already complete)
  • Information about the exclusion of any required application components
Publishers: Submit Your Letter of Intent Here

Full Grant Applications

If the applicant’s letter of intent is deemed promising, the publisher or translator will be invited to send a full application. All application components, excluding the sample manuscript, must be submitted in English.

Grant Application for a Scholarly Monograph

This grant is open to nonprofit or commercial publishers. Manuscripts submitted by US publishers must be on a topic in American art that presents American art in an international context. “International context” could be defined as a body of work by an American artist completed in another country, demonstrable influence of American artwork on non-US artists, or influence of international events or artists on the work of a US artist, among others. Eligible publications must be under contract with a publisher. Applications must be submitted by the publisher; applications submitted by authors will not be accepted.

  • Cover letter (including project description and explanation of the publication’s significance and contribution to the field of American art and its place in the current literature on the topic)
  • Application form Abstract of the manuscript (approximately 1,000 words)
  • Table of contents
  • Partial manuscript (introduction and one to two chapters)
  • Bibliography
  • Illustration list
  • Copies of selected illustrations
  • Technical specifications and budget for the proposed application (include detailed breakdown of costs including typesetting, design, reproduction rights, translation fees, image fees, printing, marketing and distribution, and any other relevant information)
  • Author’s curriculum vitae
  • Manuscript reviews: Two or more detailed peer reviews or readers’ reports of the manuscript that have been submitted to the publisher. The reports must be substantive, analytical evaluations of the manuscript, addressing originality, significance of the scholarly contribution, and quality of the research and prose, and written by reviewers who are authorities on the material of the book. The jury does not admit reports written by the author’s dissertation adviser or other interested parties, such as a series editor. Note that readers’ reports are a significant and influential element of the grant application. Reviews are anonymous to the author but should be signed and dated for the benefit of the jury (to be kept confidential) and should not be more than three years old.
  • Author’s response to manuscript reports: A report should be dated, so that the current state of the manuscript is clear. If the author’s response is older than one year, a state-of-progress report should be included.

Grant Application For a Translation Project

The grant is open to applicants from all nations for translation of a book, published or unpublished, on a topic in American art to English, or from English to another language. For this grant, “American art” is defined as art (circa 1500–1980) of what is now the geographic United States. Applications can be submitted by the publisher or author/translator. 

  • Cover letter (including project description and explanation of the publication’s significance and contribution to the field of American art and its place in the current literature on the topic; specify source and target languages)
  • Applicant form
  • Volume editor's and/or translator's curriculum vitae
  • Abstract of the manuscript (approximately 1,000 words)
  • Table of contents
  • Partial manuscript (ten to twelve single-spaced pages of the text in the original and translated language)
  • Book reviews of the original text, including published reviews where possible.
  • Bibliography
  • Illustration list
  • Copies of selected illustrations

Technical specifications and detailed budget for the proposed publication (include detailed breakdown of costs including typesetting, design, reproduction rights, translation fees, image fees, printing, marketing and distribution, and any other relevant information)

Reader’s Reports

Reader’s reports should be anonymous to the author but dated for the benefit of the jury (to be kept confidential), and they should not be more than three years old. The reports must be substantive, analytical evaluations of the complete manuscript. The author’s response to the reports should be included with the application so that the current state of the manuscript is made clear. If non-US applicants are unable to provide substantive, analytical evaluations of the complete manuscript from neutral parties, applicants can instead ask other parties to complete a confidential manuscript report, which states clearly the reviewer's relationship to the author. The confidential manuscript review form can be found here.

Contact

Questions? Please contact Cali Buckley, CAA Grants and Special Programs Manager, at 212-392-4435.

This program has been made possible through generous support from the Terra Foundation for American Art.

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