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What's New?

From year to year, the application guidelines for NEA Big Read change, sometimes in subtle ways. Below is a quick list of the significant changes to the guidelines for this year compared to last.

  • Maximum available grant request reduced from $20,000 to $15,000.
  • Four new titles available: Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant? by Roz Chast, The Big Smoke by Adrian Matejka, Burning Bright by Ron Rash, and A Small Story About the Sky by Alberto Ríos.
  • Two titles removed: The Shawl by Cynthia Ozick and Sun, Stone, and Shadows: 20 Great Mexican Short Stories edited by Jorge F. Hernández. Educational materials are still available for these two titles on the National Endowment for the Arts website.
  • NEA Big Read book information and resources have moved from neabigread.org to www.arts.gov/partnerships/nea-big-read.
  • The proposal budget form has been simplified to make it easier and more intuitive. An example budget is available on the guidelines webpage.
  • There is an additional question in the online application that asks applicants to state their intended outcome(s) or goal(s) for their project and how they intend to accomplish them. (1,000 character limit, including spaces).
  • The Promotional Description narrative character limit has been reduced from 4,000 characters to 2,000 characters (including spaces).


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