Scholarships & Partnership Opportunities

We accept applications for scholarships from March 1 through March 15, 2023. As of April 15, all scholarships are filled. Please scroll down for information about our scholarship opportunities.

MNWC Workshop Scholarships

One $400 MNWC Workshop Scholarship is awarded toward the conference fee in each of the following genres: creative nonfiction, fiction, and poetry. A $400 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 $200 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 45 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. We have collaborated with MFA programs of national stature, regional tribal governments, local writing groups, and regional arts organizations to help fund worthy candidates.

This year, we are offering a $200 registration discount on the cost of a workshop to MFA students who are funded by an established institution and accepted into one of our  workshops.

Individuals or institutions with questions should 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 Kao Kalia Yang for creative nonfiction, Deesha Philyaw for fiction, and Sherwin Bitsui 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.