Scholarships & Partnership Opportunities

We are accepting applications for all scholarships from February 1 through March 7, 2021. Please scroll down for information and applications.

MNWC Workshop Scholarships

One $350 MNWC Workshop Scholarship is awarded toward the conference fee in each of the following genres: creative nonfiction, fiction, and poetry. A $350 scholarship will also be offered to a Minnesota resident. The participant pays the balance.

One full Workshop Scholarship will be awarded to a resident of the five-county Region 2 area.

While these scholarships aim to lower financial barriers for those who want to engage in this unique arts learning opportunity, they will be awarded based on literary merit.

Honorable Mention scholarships of $175 may also be offered.

To Apply: Submit 5- to 10-pages of poetry or 10- to 20 pages of prose and include in conference application a one-page (double-spaced) statement of what you hope to gain from the conference. Please include your name and page numbers on each submission. There is no application fee.

Scholarship recipients are ineligible for other discounts. Previous scholarship recipients are ineligible for this scholarship for three years.

LINK TO ONLINE APPLICATION 


New Poets of Native Nations Women’s Scholarship

While this scholarship aims to lower financial barriers for those who want to participate in a workshop at the Minnesota Northwoods Writers Conference, it will be awarded based on literary merit. This scholarship is open to application to any of the workshops: poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction. Any woman who is an enrolled member or citizen or descendant of an enrolled member of a Native Nation is eligible to apply for this scholarship.

This full scholarship waives all conference fees including manuscript consultation and includes a stipend. One scholarship will be awarded.

This scholarship is funded through a generous donation of royalties from sales of the anthology, New Poets of Native Nations, edited by Heid E. Erdrich and published by Graywolf Press.

To Apply: Submit 5- to 10-pages of poetry or 10- to 20 pages of prose and include in scholarship application a one-page (double-spaced) statement of eligibility and what you hope to gain from the conference. Please include your name and page numbers on each submission. There is no application fee.

The scholarship recipient is ineligible for other discounts. Previous scholarship recipients are ineligible for this scholarship for three years.

LINK TO ONLINE APPLICATION


Charles W. Scrutchin Emerging Writer Scholarship

The Scrutchin Emerging Writer scholarship is open to any person who will be 40 years old or younger at the time of the conference and who is also a member of a community of color. We are defining an emerging writer as someone who has published in nationally recognized venues to someone has published their first book within twelve months prior the conference. While this scholarship aims to lower financial barriers for those who want to participate in a workshop at the Minnesota Northwoods Writers Conference, it will be awarded based on literary merit. This scholarship is open to application to any of the workshops: poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction.

This full scholarship waives all conference fees including manuscript consultation and includes a stipend. One scholarship will be awarded.

This scholarship is funded through a generous donation from a past MNWC attendee. It is named for Charles W. Scrutchin, an African American lawyer who came to Bemidji in 1898 to establish a law office. In 1920 he represented William Miller, one of the accused men who survived the Duluth Lynchings. Scrutchin’s legal work resulted in Miller’s acquittal.

To Apply: Submit 5- to 10-pages of poetry or 10- to 20 pages of prose and include in scholarship application a one-page (double-spaced) statement of eligibility and what you hope to gain from the conference. Please include your name and page numbers on each submission. There is no application fee.

The scholarship recipient is ineligible for other discounts. Previous scholarship recipients are ineligible for this scholarship for three years.

LINK TO ONLINE APPLICATION


Partnership Scholarships

MNWC works with educational, institutional, and tribal partners to help aspiring writers who show promise to attend the conference and work with our award-winning writers.

This year we are offering $250 in matching funds to scholarship recipients who are sponsored by a qualifying institution. We have collaborated with MFA programs of national stature, regional tribal governments, local writing groups, and regional arts organizations to help fund worthy candidates.

Individuals or institutions with questions can contact MNWC Coordinator Mathew Hawthorne at writersconference@bemidjistate.edu for more information.

To Apply: Submit 5- to 10-pages of poetry or 10- to 20 pages of prose and include in scholarship application a one-page (double-spaced) statement of eligibility and what you hope to gain from the conference. Please include your name and page numbers on each submission. There is no application fee.

The scholarship recipient is ineligible for other discounts.

LINK TO ONLINE APPLICATION


Other Funding Opportunities

Kurt Brown Prizes from the Association of Writers & Writing Programs

AWP will award scholarships of $500 each to writers of creative nonfiction, fiction, and poetry this year to help them attend a writers’ conference, festival, retreat, or residency. Their judges are Joshunda Sanders for creative nonfiction, Erika T. Wurth for fiction, and Richard Terrill for poetry. Submissions for the Kurt Brown Prizes are welcome through May 14, 2021.


contact Conference Coordinator Mat Hawthorne at writersconfrence@bemidjistate.edu

 

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through grants from the Region 2 Arts Council and the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund.