The SFWC Student Scholarships
The SFWC is pleased to offer a limited number of one-day scholarships to San Francisco Bay Area high school students. The student scholarship winner must agree to be delivered by a parent or guardian to the Volunteer Coordinator in the volunteer room at the InterContinental Mark Hopkins Hotel by 9:00 am on Saturday, February 15, and picked up by a parent or guardian at 6:00 pm that same day.
Students may apply for a scholarship by sending us a double-spaced, 250-word essay on why books and writing are important. We would also like a sample of the student’s work.
Send your essay and writing sample to SFWC Scholarships, 1029 Jones Street, San Francisco, CA 94109 or email it to Elizabeth Pomada at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include the name and address of your high school, and a teacher contact. Additionally we need the student’s address, phone number and email address.
The deadline for submissions is January 2nd. Feel free to email questions to Elizabeth Pomada at email@example.com.
Kathi Kamen Goldmark Memorial Scholarship
In honor of our friend, board member, and musician-cheerleader Kathi Kamen Goldmark, we are offering a scholarship to the woman or man who would best “fit into Kathi’s boots.” Send an essay of up to 250 words to SFWriterscon@aol.com, telling us why music and writing are an important part of your life. Submission deadline is December 15th 2013. Travel and lodging will not be included.
San Francisco Writers Conference Veterans Scholarship
We will also award a scholarship to a veteran of any age, man or woman. Send an essay of up to 250 words or less to SFWriterscon@aol.com, telling us how writing can heal and offer hope to veterans. Submission deadline is December 15th 2013. Travel and lodging will not be included.
The Kevin Smokler Scholarship
Write a 250-word article or story telling us why writing is important to you and/or why you want to write. Send submissions to Elizabeth Pomada at firstname.lastname@example.org. Winners will be selected by Elizabeth and Kevin. The prize is a registration to the Conference. Deadline for entries is January 13th, 2014.
Ray Larsen Scholarship
Michael Larsen’s brother, Ray, recently passed away. Without the benefit of a high-school diploma, Ray built one of the best and most successful sales companies in the toy business; and became a producer of Broadway shows. He was always a supporter of Michael and Elizabeth’s efforts and enabled the conference to have a home. To honor his memory, the conference is offering a scholarship for a nonfiction book about innovative, socially responsible ways of doing business. To apply, please email Michael 250 words both about the book and yourself as an email letter, not an attachment, at email@example.com. Michael will mentor the winner. Submission deadline is December 15th 2013. Travel and lodging will not be included.
The Dr. Ellen Taliaferro Scholarship for Memoir Writers for the 2014 San Francisco Writers Conference
Theme: Goodbye to the Past: A Memoir of Forgiveness.
Genre: Your submission must be a memoir (or the beginnings of a memoir) that explains how adversity (be it health, social or other challenge) impacted your life, and how writing helped you ‘forgive’ and move on with your life. Dr. Taliaferro often uses the Cami Walker story told in the book 29 Gifts (www.29gifts.org) as an example. Cami was diagnosed with MS but put her life back on track by giving to others.
Rules: Entries must be submitted electronically, no more than four pages, and double-spaced. Be sure to include your name, phone number and email address on your entry. While not required, you may also include a short bio or any other pertinent information. Entries must be sent to Barbara Santos at Barbara@sfwriters.org with the name of the scholarship in the message line. Judges will narrow down entries to the top five, and Dr. Taliaferro will select the winner. There is no fee to enter. By entering you grant permission for SFWC to use your likeness and samples of your entry for promotional purposes.
Deadline: December 6th. Winners notified by Dec. 30th
More details: The scholarship winner will receive a registration for the 2014 San Francisco Writers Conference event—including all regularly scheduled sessions, keynotes and social events during the main conference from Thursday, February 13th through Sunday, February 16th. THE WINNER WILL RECEIVE A CONSULTATION WITH A LITERARY AGENT and/or a self-publishing advocate based on the best fit for the winning project. Also included are the Speed Dating for Agents session and the two breakfasts, two lunches and the Opening Gala during the San Francisco Writers Conference. Any other food, lodging, transportation, or incidentals would be up to the winner. If the winner has already registered for the event, the scholarship can be applied to a future San Francisco Writers Conference or San Francisco Writing for Change Conference. It may also be gifted to someone else. (There is no cash value.) The decision of the judge(s) is final.
The Victoria A. Hudson Emerging Writer Scholarship
The Victoria A. Hudson Emerging Writer Scholarship will award a registration scholarship to one emerging writer of any genre to attend the San Francisco Writers Conference, February 13-16, 2014. Scholarship covers registration fee only, does not include transportation, lodging, food (except what is included with registration) or speed dating with agents.
Again in 2014: The winner will also receive a BookBaby Standard Ebook Publishing package ($149 value) generously donated by BookBaby.
Emerging writer is defined as: Does not have an agent or book contract, writing is not your primary occupation or generating income greater than $500/month. If self published, less than 500 copies sold. You know if you are emerging. This is for the many still struggling and dreaming.
If selected for another SFWC scholarship, you may not also receive this scholarship.
Submission period is 8 September – 2 December, 2013.
Submit three pages of writing, any genre plus an essay on the topic “I write because…” not to exceed 600 words. Poets should submit 3 poems. Electronic submissions only via the submission manager.
No identifying information on any page. The writing sample must identify Fiction, Nonfiction, or Poetry on the first page and by title and genre in the cover letter.
Please include your contact information and a short bio with your cover letter.
Each entry is first evaluated by the quality of the essay. This is the preliminary stage of evaluation and each essay is evaluated on its own merits. Essays that are predictable, dispassionate, or fail to illicit imagery, emotion or curiosity rarely make the first cut. Those essays that are selected during this stage are read again in round two, where they are evaluated individually and collectively with all entries that have proceeded to this round. Only the best of the round two essays are selected to move to stage three. In stage three, the entered writing sample is also read and evaluated. The finalist list is selected during stage three. Historically, about 50% at each stage move forward. The previous year’s winning essay may be found at http://vickihudson.com/writerprize/.
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