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The Erica Atkisson Memorial Scholarship

Congratulations to Kira Rubenthaler, winner of the 2014 Erica Atkisson Memorial Scholarship, for her submission The Hunter.

Kira Rubenthaler lives on the Oregon coast, where she enjoys writing, reading, and hiking with her dogs. A former journalist and English teacher, she now runs Bookfly Design, a small business providing book cover design and editing services to independent authors and self-publishers.

Erica Atkisson loved to laugh and write and walk on the beach. The South Coast Writers Conference in Gold Beach was special to her. In Erica's memory, her writerly friends have created a scholarship fund to cover the tuition cost of the conference as well as a travel stipend. We know that Erica would have been delighted to share the conference experience in this way. Memories of her struggles as a young, single mother informed many of her writings. In her more comfortable years she was always generous and encouraging to other writers.

The writing prompt is “In a few days this would all be a memory.”
Scholarship applications will be screened by the board of the nonprofit organization, and one scholarship will be awarded this year.
Erica Atkisson Memorial Scholarship application form

Entries must be typed and can be prose, or poetry, not to exceed 900 words. Do NOT put your name or other contact information on your writing sample. Entries will be judged on creative imagination, good characterization, narrative development, and consistency of voice. The prompt must be included. Previous winners of the Erica Atkisson Memorial Scholarship are not eligible.

The scholarship award is worth $250 to cover the cost of the registration fees with the rest to be used towards room and board, and travel expenses.The winning entry will be included in the conference packets.

The deadline for entries is January 15. Send your entry, with your name, address, and telephone number, along with a short biography (50-100 words) to the South Coast Writers Conference: Submit entries by email as a Word document or pdf attachment to with scholarship in the subject line.

Workshops are booked on a first-come, first-served basis. To ensure space in the workshops of your choice, please register for the conference as usual. The scholarship winner will be refunded the registration fee. Please keep a copy of your entry as it will not be returned.


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