South Coast Writers Conference Scholarships
College cancels South Coast Writers Conference for 2018, see the home page for details.
There are three scholarship opportunities for those who wish to attend the South Coast Writers Conference: the Bob Simon Award, the Erica Atkisson Memorial Scholarship, and the Bandon Writers Group Scholarship.
See each scholarship below for details.
Bob Simon Award
This conference has evolved from one man’s dream of energizing local writers and luring others to the South Coast during the winter off-season with an affordable, educational conference. To honor his dream, the Bob Simon Award has been created.
Anyone who has not won the Bob Simon Award in the past five years is eligible to enter. The 2018 writing prompt is "I don't know why it always turns out like this…"
Scholarship applications will be screened by the conference planning committee.
Rules: Entries must be typed and can be essay, short story, memoir, or poetry, not to exceed 900 words. Entries will be judged on faithfulness to the writing prompt and readability. The scholarship will cover registration fee for Saturday at the conference and a Fish Fry ticket. The winning entry will be included in the conference packets.The deadline for entries is January 10. Send your entry, with your name, address, and telephone number, along with a short biography (50-100 words) to the South Coast Writers Conference. You may submit entries by email as a Word document. Please send entries to [email protected] 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.
The Erica Atkisson Memorial Scholarship
Erica Atkisson loved to laugh and write and walk on the beach. The South Coast Writers Conference 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.
Anyone who has not won the Erica Atkisson Memorial Scholarship in the past five years is eligible to enter. The 2018 writing prompt is "I don't know why it always turns out like this…"
Scholarship applications will be screened by the board of the nonprofit organization, and one scholarship will be awarded.
The deadline for entries is January 15. Email your entry as a Word document to: [email protected], with SCWC Scholarship entry in the subject line. Include your name, address, and telephone number, along with a short biography (50-100 words).
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 and on the conference website.
Workshops are booked on a first-come, first-served basis. To ensure space in the workshops of your choice, please register and pay 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.
The Bandon Writers Group Scholarship for Poetry or Prose
Bandon Writers Group (BWG) began nearly eighteen years ago and is attended weekly by people who want honest critiques and peer support. Members bring in samples of polished work to read aloud and subject to friendly criticism. We also share information with each other on the many matters concerning writing and publication. The group will be judging this contest.
The BWG offers this scholarship in the amount of $250 (registration, plus a lodging stipend) to help an applicant who otherwise might not be able to attend the South Coast Writers Conference. At the group’s discretion, a second scholarship may be awarded.
To apply, provide the following information with an attached writing sample of either poetry or prose on a topic of your choice.
Contact Information: Name, address, email, telephone number
Short Biography (50 – 100 words)
Why do you want or need this scholarship?
Writing Sample (not to exceed 2 printed pages): Entries will be judged on such elements as originality, style, characterization, structure, imagery, and impact.
Email your entry as a Word document or PDF attachment to: [email protected] by January 15. Winner will be announced to all applicants. For further information, contact contest representative, Weld Champneys, at 541.332.8882; or BWG director, Michael Carpenter, at 541.347.8147.