FINANCIAL AID

Please return here in August to apply for 2023. You need only apply here if you are hoping for financial aid Scholarships (you are a veteran or member of under-represented group and emerging writer who doesn’t have a full-length book yet) or Fellowships (you are an emerging writer with at least one book in last five years but not more than three).

Otherwise, follow this link to REGISTER to attend for 2023!


Sundog and St. Joe’s Community Foundation FELLOWSHIPS in Poetry, Fiction, CNF

Applications will open again for 2023 from August 1 to January 10 each year. Notifications of winners by February 10th.

Our Fellowships program provides an opportunity for emerging writers and poets (with one full-length book or more in the past five years, but no more than three total in the genre you are applying for) to spend a week with an award-winning faculty workshop leader, have their work critiqued, facilitate our Writers in the Classroom visit to local schools, and read in our annual Fellows reading.

Please follow the link below, pay the application fee to Paypal, and then submit 12-15 pages of your creative work, saved as Your Initials Title Genre Fellowship or Scholarship in pdf or doc or doc(x) to 2022 LWC Fellowship Application form. Please include a short CV/publication history to confirm your eligibility and a confirmation number for your $15 payment to PayPal (simply pay to the email: longleafwritersconference@gmail.com). If you need financial assistance and cannot afford the reading fee, please contact us. Please do not include any personal details in the actual creative submission. See below for details on expectations and opportunities and how we judge. Past fellows include Jenny Molberg, Blake Sanz, Anne Elliot, Barrett Warner, Gabriel Houck, David James Poissant, Kara van de Graaf, Elliot Garcia, Brandon Courtney, Sandra Gail Lambert, Tanya Grae, and many more! Our judges change every year (and our directors have no input) so even if you have applied before feel free to keep trying!


CLOSED for 2022! St. Joe’s Community Foundation Scholarship for Under-represented Groups (Open Genre)

Applications for 2023 will open again from August 1 to January 10 each year. Notifications of winners by February 10th.

Submissions are CLOSED for 2022 but Enrollments still OPEN. Our scholarship program provides an opportunity for emerging BIPOC, LGBTQA+ writers and poets (must not yet have a full-length book published or self-published in the genre you are applying) to spend a week with an award-winning faculty workshop leaders and fellows, have their work critiqued, and engage with our ‘Writers in the Classroom’ visit to local schools. Scholars are expected to work with directors to keep the conference itself going, so many consider it an internship that gives them skills too. Scholars will also read in our annual Scholars reading. Please follow this link to the 2022 LWC Scholarship App to submit 12-15 pages of your creative work, saved as Your Initials Title Genre URG Scholarship in pdf or doc or doc(x). Also include a short CV/bio about your publishing efforts or background and also how your situation fulfills our eligibility requirements along with a confirmation number for your $8 payment to PayPal (simply pay to the email: longleafwritersconference@gmail.com). IF YOU CANNOT AFFORD THIS APPLICATION FEE, PLEASE APPLY ANYWAY AND INDICATE YOUR NEED. Otherwise, please do not include any personal details in the actual creative submission. See below for details on expectations and opportunities and how we judge. Past scholars include Tochukwu Okafor, Linda N. Masi, Hua Xi, Sarah Matsui, Melanie Farmer, Noel Quinones, more. Our judges change every year (and our directors have no input) so even if you have applied before feel free to keep trying!


CLOSED for 2022! Celia Baker Scholarship for Veterans (Open Genre)

Applications for 2023 will open again from August 1 to January 10 each year. Notifications of winners by February 10th.

Submissions are CLOSED for 2022, but Enrollments are still OPEN. Our Veteran Scholarship program provides an opportunity for emerging veteran (combat and peacetime) writers and poets (must not yet have a full-length book published or self-published in the genre you are applying) to spend a week with an award-winning faculty workshop leader and fellows, have their work critiqued, and engage in our ‘Writers in the Classroom’ visit to local schools, and read in our annual Scholars reading. Scholars are expected to work with directors to keep the conference itself going, so many consider it an internship that gives them skills too. Please follow the link below and submit 12-15 pages of your creative work, saved as Your Initials Title Genre Baker Scholarship in pdf or doc(x) to our Baker Veteran Scholar Application form. Also include a short CV/bio about your publishing efforts or background and service and how you fulfill our eligibility requirements along with a confirmation number for your $8 payment to PayPal (simply pay to the email: longleafwritersconference@gmail.com). IF YOU CANNOT AFFORD THIS APPLICATION FEE, PLEASE APPLY ANYWAY AND INDICATE YOUR NEED. Please do not include any personal details in the actual creative submission. See below for details on expectations and opportunities and how we judge. Past scholars include Amber Adams, Aaron Graham, Juanita Kirton, Elaine Little, Benjamin Hertwig (many of whom have gone on to publish books)! Our judges change every year (and our directors have no input) so even if you have applied before feel free to keep trying!


Missed an opportunity to apply for our scholarships or fellowships? Don’t forget to apply for the AWP Kurt Brown Award which ends in late March every year!


The Longleaf Writers Conference was founded on the principle of inclusion and on the principle of philanthropy; we began our scholar and fellow program just after our first trial-run of the conference, and we have been able to use enrollment and registration funds, along with money from generous donors, to build and grow these programs for our non-profit every year. See below for details about our offerings.

We follow the CLMP Code of Ethics in our selection process

CLMP’s community of independent literary publishers believes that ethical contests serve our shared goal: to connect writers and readers by publishing exceptional writing. We believe that intent to act ethically, clarity of guidelines, and transparency of process form the foundation of an ethical contest. To that end, we at the LWC agree to 1) conduct our contests as ethically as possible and to address any unethical behavior on the part of our readers, judges, or editors; 2) to provide clear and specific contest guidelines — defining conflict of interest for all parties involved; and 3) to make the mechanics of our selection process available to the public. This Code recognizes that different contest models produce different results, but that each model can be run ethically. We have adopted this Code to reinforce our integrity and dedication as a publishing community and to ensure that our contests contribute to a vibrant literary heritage. The LWC does not promise that there will be even distrubution of awards across genres. We take only the best writing scores and determine the winners. Application fees will not be returned if there is no financial award in a represented genre, and once submitted application fees will not be refunded in case of errors with the submission, so read our guidelines carefully.

Scholarship and Fellowship Process & Guidelines

Judging for our financial aid awards:  submissions are blind read (no identifying material included with submissions) and each submission is scored by 2-3 guest judges selected from previous LWC visitors, faculty, fellows, scholars, editors. Each applicant submission gets at least two individual readers. Conference directors then compile scores and select a winner, a runner-up, and a number of finalists from that group. Directors do not score or judge; they are only there to ensure that the finalists and winners are eligible for the financial aid awards. Judges change on a yearly basis, so keep trying.

Conflicts of Interest: Similar to most editorial policies, current students, faculty, staff, and administrators currently affiliated with Longleaf Writers Conference are ineligible for consideration or publication. Additionally, intimate friends, relatives, colleagues, and former or current students of a judge cannot be scored by that judge and will be passed along to another judge. Our judges change yearly so even if you do not succeed the first time, we have had financial aid offered to artists who have submitted over multiple years. If you have received financial aid from LWC, please wait at least three years before applying again.


FELLOWSHIP DETAILS:

As a Fellow, you will be expected to help our faculty manage and run a five-day workshop (1 ½ hours each session) in your genreYou will also give a reading for our Annual Fellows Reading. This is a standard, casual 15 minute reading with other fellows. Fellows are the heart and soul of our conference and we hope they will be visible and will ‘give as much as they get’ in exchange for your free tuition and accommodations (worth more than $2500), so please be prepared to be involved, active, and generous.

Fellows receive free accommodation in Seaside. Fellows will handle their own travel arrangements.  Because we rely on the generosity of the local homeowners, we cannot provide specific details about the accommodations at this point, but housing in the Seaside area is typically much better than most other writing conferences you may be familiar with and almost always have unshared rooms and private baths. No dorms!

SCHOLARSHIP DETAILS:

As a scholar, you will be expected to help our faculty and fellows run a five-day workshop (1 ½ hours each session) in your genreYou will also give a reading for our Annual Scholars Reading.  This is a standard, casual 5-8 minute reading with other scholars. Otherwise, Scholars should think of themselves as the glue that keeps this conference going; you will help the directors to organize, set up, tear down, whatever you can do to help in exchange for your free tuition and accommodations (worth more than $2500). We hire no administrators in order to keep costs down, and so that we can continue to build this vibrant program so please be ready to be active and present and generous.

Scholars receive free accommodation in Seaside. You will handle your own travel arrangements.  Because we rely on the generosity of the local homeowners, we cannot provide specific details about the accommodations at this point, but housing in the Seaside area is typically much better than most other writing conferences you may be familiar with. No dorms!