Deadlines for our fellowships and scholarships are OPEN from September 1, 2019 to January 20th, 2020. We have extended our deadline due to recently discovered (fixed) glitches on our website!
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 within our non-profit every year. Our fellowship program for 2020 offers one CNF fellowship, at least one fiction fellowship, and at least one poetry fellowship to emerging writers who have at least one book in the past five years (but no more than three). We offer one scholarship for veteran writers who do not yet have a book. Every year, we are proud to host the Ole Miss MFA program scholars (one fiction, one poetry) who join us from the fine program in Oxford, MS.
REGISTRANTS: you need only apply here if you are hoping for financial aid through scholarships (you are an emerging writer who doesn’t have a book yet) and fellowships (you are an emerging writer with at least one book in last six years). Otherwise simply go HERE.
FELLOWSHIPS in Poetry, Fiction, CNF
Our Fellowships program provides an opportunity for emerging writers and poets (with one book or more in the past six years, but no more than three) to spend a week with a faculty workshop leader(s), have their work critiqued, lead seminars and facilitate our Writers in the Classroom visits, and read in our annual Fellows reading. Please follow the link below, pay the application fee, and then submit up to 20 pages of your creative work, saved as Your Initials Title Genre Fellowship in pdf or doc(x) to 2020 LWC Fellowship Application form along with CV/publication history and a confirmation number from PayPal (please pay first). Please do not include any personal details in the actual creative submission. See below for details on expectations and opportunities and
APPLY here for Fellowship
Please pay here first, then follow link above.
Celia Baker Scholarship for Veterans (Open Genre)
Our Veteran Scholarship program provides an opportunity for emerging veteran (combat and peacetime) writers and poets (must not yet have a book published or self-published) to spend a week with a faculty workshop leader(s), have their work critiqued, lead seminars and help with our ‘Writers in the Classroom’ visits, and read in our annual Scholars reading. Please follow the link below, pay the application fee, and then submit up to 20 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 with a confirmation number from PayPal. 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 Aaron Graham, Juanita Kirton, Elaine Little, Benjamin Hertwig (many of whom have gone on to publish books)!
APPLY here for Scholarship
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.
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 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. 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.
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 genre. You will also give a reading for our Annual Fellows Reading. This is a standard, casual 15 minute reading with other the 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).
Fellows 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!
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 genre. You 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!
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!
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!