Scholarships & Partnership Opportunities

Please scroll down for applications and information our MNWC Workshop scholarships, New Poets of Native Nations Women’s scholarship, and Charles W. Scrutchin Emerging Writer scholarship. We are accepting online applications for all scholarships through February 20, 2020.

MNWC Workshop Scholarships

One $500 MNWC Workshop Scholarship is awarded toward the conference fee in each of the following genres: creative nonfiction, fiction, and poetry. A $500 scholarship will also be offered to a Minnesota resident. The participant pays the balance.

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 $250 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.

Charles W. Scrutchin Emerging Writer Scholarship

The Scrutchin Emerging Writer scholarship is open to any person who will be 30 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 and includes room and board. 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.

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 and includes room and board. 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.

 

 

Partnerships and Other Funding Opportunities

    • MNWC works with educational, institutional, and tribal partners to help bring aspiring writers who show promise to work with our award-winning writers.
    • We offer matching funds to potential attendees 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 should contact MNWC Coordinator Mathew Hawthorne at writersconference@bemidjistate.edu for more information.

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 Suzanne Farrell Smith for creative nonfiction, Angie Kim for fiction, and Shikha Malaviya for poetry. Submissions for the Kurt Brown Prizes are welcome through March 30.

 

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