Scholarships for 2019

     Our SFWC Scholarships have no fees and all have a simple submission process. All adult scholarships offer a full registration to the event…and some offer additional goodies.  
      Don’t need a scholarship? Please consider helping someone who does by donating to the ongoing SFWC Scholarship FundYou can contact Barbara Santos at if you would like to create a scholarship of your own.
     As scholarships for the San Francisco Writers Conference become available, it is announced FIRST in the SFWC Newsletter.  You can subscribe to the free SFWC Newsletter by using the form on the right.  It will allow you the maximum amount of time to work on your entry!

for the 2019 SFWC

Yes, it is true…SFWC Keynoter and prolific bestselling novelist, Catherine Coulter, is offering a scholarship to the 2019 San Francisco Writers Conference.  The winner will receive a full registration to the conference PLUS a tête-à-tête with Catherine at the event! (See details below.)

Here are the RULES:
Write a 1200 word (maximum) story based on Catherine’s trigger scenario:

You wake up in a strange room, all alone, and you have no recollection of how you got there.
Someone knocks on the door. 

Your entry must be Fiction…and can be in any genre.
Your contact info—name, email address, phone number, and address—must be on the first page of the entry. (The judges will not see this info.)

Entry must be submitted using the official online form.  When you are ready, access the form and submit by clicking HERE.   There is NO FEE to enter this scholarship competition!

Deadline: Entry must be received by November 1, 2018 at 5 p.m.  The winner of the scholarship will be notified before the end of November.  A selection committee of SFWC presenters will narrow down the entries. Catherine will read and select the winner from the top five (5) entries. 

What this scholarship includes:
Full registration to the main conference from February 14-17, 2019 at the Hyatt Regency Embarcadero.
Once at the event, Catherine will meet with the winner for a brief tête-à-tête during the conference! (Logistics to be confirmed once the winner is selected.) 
Does not include transportation or lodging, meals other than those included at the event, or any paid add-ons such as Master Classes, Speed Dating and/or paid consults. There is no monetary value and if the winner is already registered, the prize can be gifted to anyone they choose for 2019 or rolled over for the winner to the 2020 San Francisco Writers Conference.

Good luck! If you have questions, send an email to

The 2019 SFWC Student Scholarships
for Bay Area High School Students

The SFWC is pleased to offer a limited number of one-day scholarships (for Saturday, February 16th) to San Francisco Bay Area high school students.  As a way to encourage students to pursue a career in writing and publishing, they will get an insider’s look at the SFWC and meet presenters–authors, agents and book marketing professionals. They will also get to attend any of the SFWC sessions they choose in areas of their particular writing interest. The student scholarship winner must agree to meet upon arrival with the SFWC Volunteer Coordinator in the lobby of the InterContinental Mark Hopkins Hotel by 9:00 am on Saturday, February 16. The SFWC events will end 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 Barbara Santos, SFWC Scholarships, P.O. Box 326, Oakley, CA 94561 or email it to Barbara Santos at  Please include the name and address of your high school. Additionally we need the student’s address, phone number and email address. The winning student’s parent or guardian must sign an SFWC liability waiver that can be emailed in advance. The deadline for submissions is January 1st. Feel free to email questions to Barbara Santos at


From left top: Susan Tunney, Kate Farrell (SFWC Children’s Special Event Coordinator), Vicki Hudson. Bottom row: Jean Stillwell, Vickie Luo, Vidhima Shetty, Aashna Avachat, and children’s author Mitali Perkins.


The 2018 Dr. Ellen Taliaferro Scholarship  Awarded to Susan Tunney.

Essay Theme: The Benefits of Forgiveness 

Rules: Entries can be submitted electronically, no more than 500 words in the essay, and double-spaced.   Be sure to include your name, phone number and email address on your entry…along with a short bio or any other pertinent information you want to share. 
   Entries can be sent to Barbara Santos at with the name of the scholarship and your name in the message line. (Example: Dr. Ellen Taliaferro Scholarship – JK Rowling.) If you prefer to MAIL your entry, send it to: SFWC Dr. T Scholarship, PO Box 326, Oakley, CA 94561
   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 15th.  Winners will be notified by Jan. 5th
More details:  The scholarship winner will receive a registration for the 2018 San Francisco Writers Conference event—including all regularly scheduled sessions, keynotes and social events during the main conference from Thursday, February 15th through Sunday, February 18th. 
THE WINNER WILL RECEIVE A CONSULTATION WITH A LITERARY AGENT based on the best fit for the winners writing goals.  Also included is the Speed Dating for Agents session during the San Francisco Writers Conference.  Food, lodging, transportation, SFWC Master Classes or incidentals are not included.  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. QUESTIONS?  Contact or Barbara at  

2018 Vicki Hudson Emerging Writer Scholarship  Awarded to Jean Stillwell

We are delighted to once again offer The Vicki Hudson Emerging Writer Scholarship, which will award a registration to the 2018 San Francisco Writers Conference to an emerging writer, any genre.

Selection will be made based upon the submitted response to the prompt: Why I write.

Be creative, courageous, and take risk with your response. The judges are looking for honesty, depth, creativity, and true voice of the writer.

  • The response/entry may take any form…including prose, essay, poetry, etc..
  • Word length for your response to the prompt is no more than 600 words.
  • If you wish, you may also submit no more than 3 pages of representative work in your primary genre. Be sure to cite the genre with the title of the piece.
  • Each page of your entry should have the name of the scholarship, your name, email address and phone number on it. Before the blind judging begins, a number will be assigned to your entry and all contact information will be removed by SFWC.
  • DEADLINE TO RECEIVE ENTRIES–mailed or emailed–is January 10, 2018 at 5 p.m.

Send the entry to with the message line: Vicki Hudson Scholarship followed by your name
If you prefer you can mail the entry to: SFWC Victoria Hudson Scholarship, PO Box 326, Oakley, CA 94561.

If you win and are already registered for the 2018 San Francisco Writers Conference, you may defer one of the registrations for a future San Francisco Writers Conference or gift it to anyone you choose.  The scholarship covers the main San Francisco Writers Conference (including the included meals and social events during the event) but not lodging, transportation, add-on paid sessions/classes, or any incidentals. There is no cash value. Good luck!

If you want to donate to the SFWC Scholarship fund, click here.

Want to start a scholarship in your own name and with your own guidelines? You can help other talented writers pursue a writing career.  Now you can select the recipients of a scholarship to the SFWC that you create. We want to help as many writers attend the conference as possible, so we are offering a way for you to offer scholarships – in your name, your company’s name or anonymously. The cost of a named scholarship is $1,000.  You may be as involved as you like–choosing the theme, setting the rules and selecting the winner(s). Or you can give us guidelines and we will do the work!  Each scholarship has a $1,250 value (cost of the event plus additional recognition for the recipient and you in the program.) Click here to see other Scholarship Donors! To talk about creating a new scholarship, you can contact Barbara Santos.