Apply now for scholarship opportunities in 2021

We are now accepting applications for our three main funding opportunities. Please note our new application deadlines:

Teacher and Librarian Scholarships – deadline July 15
Emerging Writer Awards – deadline September 1
Workshop Financial Aid – priority deadline July 30

Our Scholarship Program aims to nourish a vibrant literary culture by providing support to a diverse group of teachers, librarians, readers, and writers while promoting the work of new voices in American literature. Since 2008, we’ve granted over $580,000 in scholarship support to more than 570 individuals.

Answers to FAQ here. Feel free to email [email protected] if you have additional questions.

More details about these opportunities below:

Scholarships for Teachers and Librarians

Twenty full scholarships are available for teachers and librarians who wish to attend the 39th annual Seminar, “A Seminar Named Desire,” featuring Jami Attenberg; Judy Blume; Jericho Brown; Susan Choi; John Irving; Eileen Miles; Dani Shapiro; and Edmund White, among other renowned speakers.

We seek individuals 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.

Scholarship recipients will receive a full waiver of the Seminar registration fee of $675, and financial assistance to offset lodging costs as needed. The deadline to apply is July 15.

Emerging Writer Awards

Each year we honor three new writers with Emerging Writer Awards. The Marianne Russo Award, the Scotti Merrill Memorial Award, and the Cecelia Joyce Johnson Award recognize and support writers who possess exceptional talent and demonstrate potential for lasting literary careers.

Each award is tailored to a particular literary form. The Merrill Award recognizes a poet, while fiction writers may apply for either the Johnson Award (for a short story) or the Russo Award (for a novel-in-progress).

Winners receive full tuition support for our January Seminar and Writers’ Workshop Program, round-trip airfare, lodging, a $500 honorarium, and the opportunity to appear on stage during the Seminar. The deadline to apply is September 1.

Workshop Financial Assistance

We offer up to twenty financial assistance scholarships to writers who wish to participate in our Writers’ Workshop Program. We aim to support the development of diverse new voices in American literature and provide opportunities to those who may not otherwise be able to attend.

Workshop faculty for 2021 includes Billy Collins; Nicole Dennis-Benn; Joyce Maynard; Liz Moore, Bich Minh Nguyen; Rowan Ricardo Phillips; Porter Shreve; David Treuer; and Laura van den Berg.

Scholarship recipients will receive partial or full fee waivers to our Writers’ Workshop Program (up to $600). Limited financial assistance to offset lodging costs is also available. The priority deadline is July 30.

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