You need only apply if you are hoping for financial aid through scholarships (emerging writers who don’t have a book) and fellowships (emerging writers with at least one book in
Deadlines for our fellowships and scholarships will open up again in October.
Please follow these links to our submittable account for more details about our fellowships and scholarships and plan to apply for 2020:
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 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.
Scholarship and Fellowship Process & Guidelines
Judging for our financial aid awards: submissions are blind read (no identifying material included with submissions) and scored by 2-3 guest judges selected from previous LWC 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, 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.