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Overview

Our Scholarship Program aims to nourish a vibrant literary culture by providing support to teachers, librarians, and readers while promoting the work of new voices in American literature. There are three distinct funding opportunities:


Emerging Writer Awards

We offer three Emerging Writer Awards each year. These awards recognize and support writers who possess exceptional talent and demonstrate potential for lasting literary careers. Winners of the the Scotti Merrill Memorial Award, the Cecelia Joyce Horton Johnson Fiction Award, and the Marianne Russo Award receive full tuition to our January seminar and workshop program, round-trip airfare, full lodging support, a $500 honorarium, and the opportunity to appear on stage during the Seminar.

Poets and writers who have not yet published a book with a major publisher are eligible to apply. Runners-up for each award will also receive a generous financial assistance package.
Guidelines & Applications to be announced by April 10.


Scholarships for Teachers & Librarians

We provide ten full scholarships for teachers and librarians who wish to attend our annual Seminar (January 7-10, 2016). We seek to reward teachers and librarians who are making a positive impact upon readers in their communities; and we hope that participation in our literary community will inspire fresh engagement with literature in schools and libraries around the country.
Guidelines & Applications to be announced by April 10.


General Financial Assistance

Up to twenty-five General Assistance Scholarships are available to writers who wish to participate in our Writers’ Workshop Program. Financial assistance is chiefly given in the form of fee reductions, though a limited number of applicants may also receive discounted lodging.
Guidelines & Applications to be announced by April 10.


Who makes this possible

Since 2008, we have provided more than 350 individuals with nearly $325,000 in fee waivers and lodging and travel assistance. Our ability to do so is made possible by hundreds of individual members of the Seminar community, and by a handful of remarkably generous donors.

We are grateful to the members of our audience who support our operations by paying the full cost of registration to the Seminar and Workshop Program. We are also indebted to all of the writers who appear on our stage, often at a fraction of their usual fee. Teacher and librarian scholarships are made possible by generous support from Judy Blume’s Kids Fund. The Merrill, Johnson, and Russo awards are the legacies of the remarkable individuals for whom they are named; and we thank the patrons whose gifts support these awards today: the Dogwood Foundation, Cecelia Joyce & Seward Johnson, and Peyton Evans.  General Financial Assistance scholarships are funded by the many generous members of our Patrons Circle.

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