Eligibility states that this grant is open to members of both levels as long as the book is not under contract. The money has to be used to help you complete your project. It can be used for conferences, childcare, purchasing art supplies, courses for writing, travel for research, and so much more. This works for me. I really want to attend the conference in LA come August. I need photoshop elements, an e course, and a computer and scanner that would run it and allow me to make dummies in my home. I have a good list of how I would use the grant money.
Let's talk deadline. Well, that is quickly finding its way to impending submission of materials required. In other words, "AAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH". You get the idea. Deadlines freak me out. It is that "get 'er done" time. Submissions may be submitted Feb 15- March 15. There are two possible outlines for submission procedure. Both offer their challenges. Only one entry per author.
Now, the fun part. As this sounds achievable, it is also a bit scary. There is more of a chance of rejection that acceptance in submitting for this grant. What is my career background? Oh, awesome. It has NOTHING to do with writing. Luckily, Mr. Zepeda (http://www.editgenesis.com/) helped me develop away to connect the two when writing my bio. In truth, I loved my composition classes in undergrad. That is when I realized that I could write. In High school, my writing skill sets were thought to be non existent. The lesson there is that High school won't define you. It is just another step on the road of growing up. Without experiences, we are boring, colorless creatures living in the mundane. Each human has a story, a hardship, and a life changing experience. Some are worse than others, but that is only subjective to the party who is critiquing.