Monday, February 18, 2008

Don't Forget!

Poets, it's time for NEA Applications!.

If you haven't started filling your apps out, do it now. It's a complicated multi-step process that involves registering for a site and converting a lot of your files to pdfs. There's a time-lag for the site registration, so better get in line ASAP.

I completed my application last week after much swearing and gnashing of teeth.

Mary B. puts out a call for an NEA support group.. I might join.

6 comments:

Peter said...

Yes, it was pretty complicated the first time through. But by the time I finished I thought it was not too bad a process. And I sure *loved* not having to print and mail all those paper copies.

Making the pdf's was the biggest roadblock. I finally used my Adobe Pagemaker (which has a built in PDF converter) and it was a snap.

Diane Lockward said...

I'm guessing that you already figured out how to reverse the order of your pages. If not: open a Word document; open Preferences; click on Print; uncheck "Reverse print order." Then make a new pdf. If you have a Mac, you can very easily convert to pdf with your printer screen, bottom left of the window has an option for Save as PDF.

Diane Lockward said...

You probably already figured out how to get your pages in order, but if not: Open a Word document;
Open Preferences; highlight Print; uncheck "Reverse page order." Then make the pdf conversion. If you have a Mac, this is easily done when you hit Print. There is an option in the bottom left of the window that allows you to Save as PDF.

A. D. said...

I've never completed an NEA application, but pdf995 is a good free software solution for making PDFs.

Penultimatina said...

I'm finally done.

Once you figure it out it's soooo much easier (no nine copies of everything--yay).

The hard thing is that the instructions are on the NEA site, and the application package is downloaded from grants.gov, with no toggle between. You save the grant on your computer, rather than working on the server, like with some grants.

In case that's helpful to anyone...

newzoopoet said...

My gawd, we should get some sort of mini-grant just for navigating it...