Frequently Asked Questions

What kinds of writers are you looking for?

Generally, we are looking for writers of fiction (any genre), poetry, or non-fiction. The Clovers seeks to create an inclusive and supportive environment for all writers, and we are open to applicants regardless of race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, religion, disability, or place of origin.

Student Writers: We are looking for students who have a demonstrated commitment to writing, and are seriously considering working in some capacity as a writer once they graduate from college. Students are required to discuss their career goals and their reasons for wanting to join a Clover. The number of students we can accept into the program will be dictated by the number of emerging and established writers who join The Clovers, with preference given to students graduating in 2016 and 2017.

Working Writers (Emerging and Established): We are looking for writers who devote a significant portion of their time to writing, and who have plans to continue their writing careers in the future. Since the question of how writers actually make a living is important to students, we are interested in writers who are willing to speak candidly about how the career choices they have made have allowed them to pursue writing, and who can discuss in either broad or specific terms the financial aspects of their writing lives. Writers should be able to speak candidly about both the triumphs and struggles of their writing lives, and be willing to offer advice or words of wisdom to student writers.

What do I have to do with my group?

The specific interactions you have with your group will depend on the needs of the members. At a bare minimum, we would like all members to spend about an hour each month interacting via phone or video calls. We will provide suggested topics for discussion for these calls, and you may also want to share articles that your group can talk about, or pose your own questions. You are not expected to read any work or provide feedback to members of your group.

How much of a time commitment is this?

At a minimum, we are looking for writers who can schedule at least one phone or video call per month with their group. Ideally writers would also be available to respond to e-mails in between these scheduled calls.

How long will I be in my Clover? 

The minimum commitment for engaging with your Clover is 5 months, from January-May. We hope that writers will want to continue their relationships beyond that point, but we will give all writers the option of ending their relationships at the end of May.

What if I want to continue with the Clovers but others from my group stop their involvement after 5 months?

If you would like to continue with the project, you can resubmit your name during the next round of applications to be placed in a new group.

I’ve already applied to join a Clover. How can I get more involved? 

We are looking for as much help as we can get spreading the word about The Clovers Project. If you are excited about the project, please share this website widely, via e-mail, Facebook, Twitter, or other social media. If you have a writing-related newsletter, blog, or website, please consider mentioning The Clover Project. We are available for interviews or blog tours; please e-mail if you’d like to profile the project in any way.

Depending on how many applications we receive, we may also need help with reading and organizing information, and matching writers into Clovers. Please e-mail us if you’d like to get involved.

What’s in it for me?

Student Writers who join a Clover will benefit from hearing the perspectives of two writers at different stages in their careers. You will be able to ask questions about MFA programs, the path to publishing, and the nuts and bolts of earning a living as a writer.

Working Writers will be able to share experiences with students writers, and seek guidance from established writers. You will be able to reflect on the trajectory of your career thus far and ask questions about what comes next. If you have more experience than the other writers in your group, you will be able to share your unique perspective on the long road from an undergraduate creative writing classroom to where you are today. You will also gain valuable perspectives and friendships with writers who have different perspectives on writing life.

All Writers will be invited to join a private Facebook group where all the Clovers can gather to share writing news and build a writing community.

How many writers will you choose to participate?

We will accept any writer who demonstrates a serious commitment to The Clovers, and an active writing practice. Our ability to match writers is, however, limited by the applicant pool, as we need an equal number of established, emerging, and student writers. We are further limited by applicants’ areas of interest and geographic location. In our first season we matched up 57 writers in 19 Clovers.

How will you match writers up into Clovers? 

Our application includes a number of questions that will help us to match Clovers based on the type of writing they are interested in and their geographical area. We also take into consideration what each applicant is looking for in a Clover, and do our best to match people accordingly.

Why aren’t you accepting exclusively self-published writers into your Clovers?

There are many online forums, groups, and conferences where self-published writers can connect with each other. For example, writers interested in self-publishing might want to check out this Facebook group, which includes members who are completely new to self-publishing as well as authors who are very well established. It is a forum where writers can post their questions and discuss issues relating to self-publishing, and does not allow marketing of one’s work of any kind. In contrast, it is much harder to find forums in which to connect with authors who publish with traditional houses, or emerging writers who are making their livings in a variety of ways. The Clovers is attempting to fill that gap. We know that many writers are “hybrid,” publishing their work both on their own and through traditional publishing, and we are happy to have such writers as a part of The Clovers! Ultimately, we are looking for writers who are either interested in or can speak to the ins and outs of working with traditional publishing houses (large or small) in some capacity.


2 thoughts on “Frequently Asked Questions

  1. I don’t quite feel I fit into the “emerging” writers category yet. I am several years out of school and have come back to writing after years of working in another, completely unrelated, field. I am at the point where I am trying to nurture and establish a writing practice. I understand that the Clover project may not be the best fit for me, at last not right now, but I wondered if you knew of any other resources for writers in this position? Thank you!

    • Hi Katelyn,
      Thanks for posting this question! First off, I do understand that “emerging” is a tricky category, as it is really so wide (as is established). There are no minimum qualifications at the emerging level; all writers are asked to describe their writing career, and one option is a writing practice with goals for publication. This might be a good description for where you are? Your fit in a group is determined by the other writers we have who have signed up–we might just have the perfect writers for you! (For example, you might get paired with a student writer, and then a writer who has been writing for a few years with some publication success.) If you sign up, and we aren’t able to match you with a group, we would just let you know that. We don’t really think of this as “accepting” or “rejecting” writers, by the way, as our decision is based solely on the matches we have available.

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