Helen McCloy/MWA Scholarship for Mystery Writing

Scholarship Description

What Is It?The Helen McCloy/MWA Scholarship for Mystery Writing seeks to nurture talent in mystery writing—in fiction, nonfiction, playwriting, and screenwriting.Who May Apply?The scholarship is open to U.S. citizens or permanent residents only. Membership in Mystery Writers of America is not required to apply. As the McCloy Scholarship is intended for serious aspiring mystery writers who wish to improve their writing skills, we expect that most applicants will be college students or adult learners.How May the Scholarship Be Used?The scholarship may be used to offset tuition and fees for U.S. writing workshops, writing seminars, or university/college-level writing programs. Applicants must select a specific writing class/workshop/seminar to which scholarship funds would be applied.What Is the Scholarship Amount?MWA will present two scholarships for up to $500 each in summer/fall. (Scholarship checks are made out jointly to scholarship winners and their chosen educational institutions.)Submission DetailsApplicants are required to submit:* Scholarship application form * ONE copy of official description of writing class/workshop/seminar (from college catalog, workshop brochure, etc.)* TWO letters of recommendation (usually from teachers who can speak to the applicant’s writing ability)* FIVE COPIES of a short essay (300- to 500 words) explaining the applicant’s interest in mystery writing* FIVE COPIES of a mystery writing sample (e.g., synopsis and 3 chapters from a novel; 3 short stories; 3 short nonfiction pieces; 1 screenplay; or 2 play script)The scholarship committee may also require a letter of acceptance and/or syllabus or other documentation from the writing class/workshop/seminar to be attended.Submit all materials to:Helen McCloy/MWA Scholarship CommitteePO Box 16265High Point, NC 27265

Year of Need: College Freshman, College Sophomore, College Junior, College Senior,

Type: Merit Based

Num Awards: 2

Min Award: 500

Max Award: 500

Deadline: 2018-02-28


Sponsoring Organization Mystery Writers of America
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New York, NY 10001

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