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Preparing an ELF Portfolio

  • Your portfolio should be made up of original, unpublished fiction; you can submit either short stories or pieces from a longer work.
  • Your portfolio must be submitted via email to:
  • When submitting ecopy, please submit in one attachment; please do not send several separate attachments.
  • Your portfolio length should be 50 to 75 double-spaced pages.
  • Please use a standard font at either 12 or 14 point.
  • The reflective introduction should be at least 2 to 3 pages but no more than 5 pages; the introduction should discuss the themes and aims of your stories but also offer some description of your interests and goals as a writer; try to answer the question, “Why do I write?”
  • Please number the pages of the portfolio sequentially from 1 to 50-75; do not begin renumbering each story or chapter.
  • Please make sure that you include and sign the ELF cover sheet.
  • Please include a table of contents listing your introduction and stories/chapters by their correct page numbers.
  • Please do not use a running title or name at the top of your pages.
  • Please let your recommenders know that they can either send their recommendations by email or to a street address. If sending their recommendations by email, please have them sent to: If sending them via US Postal Service, please have them sent to:
    Dr. Dan Williams
    Director, TCU Press
    TCU Box 298300
    Fort Worth, TX 76129
  • Please ask your recommenders to comment on the writing you are submitting as well as your overall performance as a student.
  • Please do not send open recommendations along with your portfolio.
  • Please make sure both your portfolio and recommendations are received by the deadline—Friday, December 2, 2022, no later than 5 PM.
  • If you have further questions, please contact Dr. Dan Williams at, or call 817-257-5907.