We offer a total of eight merit-based scholarships that cover the full cost of tuition. Each year, there are four available General Merit Scholarships, which are open to all interested students. There are also four Dixon Scholarships reserved for Maryland students from Kent & Queen Anne’s Counties.
To apply for one of these scholarship opportunities, you must complete the general conference registration form. When you reach the Payment Methods section at the bottom of the form, select the “I wish to apply for a scholarship in lieu of payment” option.
You will be asked to select which scholarship type you are applying for: General Merit Scholarship or Dixon Scholarship (K&QA). You will also be required to submit a writing sample that corresponds with your chosen workshop genre:
- If you have selected the Poetry Workshop, you must submit up to three poems as a single document.
- If you have selected the Fiction Workshop, you must submit up to 750 words of fiction.
- If you have selected the Creative Nonfiction Workshop, you must submit up to 750 words of creative nonfiction.
All writing samples should be submitted as either a PDF or a Microsoft Word document.
Scholarship applications will be read and evaluated after registration closes on June 15. All applicants will be notified of final scholarship decisions by June 22, at the latest. Any applicants not awarded scholarships will then have the opportunity to register as paying attendees, if they so desire. Specific instructions for completing registration will be included in the official response email.
Please note: If you choose to apply for a scholarship in lieu of payment, we will not be able to guarantee you a place in the workshop genre of your choice. When you submit a scholarship application, you are considered pre-registered for the conference. No matter when your application is submitted, your specific workshop spot is not secured until such time as a scholarship is awarded or the registration fee is paid. All workshops are capped at 10 students each—first come, first served. If you are not awarded a scholarship, you will have the opportunity to continue as a paying attendee, but you will be limited to whichever workshop spots are still available at that time. In the past, our Fiction Workshop has filled before the registration deadline and has had to close early.