Scholarships and contests

We are pleased to offer a range of scholarships to make our conference accessible to writers from diverse backgrounds and to reward writing of outstanding merit. Scholarships are judged each year by faculty and members of the MCWC board. All scholarships are assigned on the basis of merit, as determined by the judging panel, to a recipient who meets the eligibility criteria of that scholarship. Scholarships are awarded solely at the discretion of the judging panel. On some occasions, not all scholarships will be awarded. You may apply for only one scholarship per year. Successful applicants must wait three years before applying for any other scholarship.

All conference registrants are also encouraged to submit to our writing contest. Winners will be awarded cash prizes and the opportunity to read publicly, and their winning work will be considered for publication in our annual literary magazine, The Noyo River Review.
 

BARRY BRIAN MURPHY MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

In memory of Barry Brian Murphy, beloved father and man of mischief and humor: one full scholarship of $575, awarded to humorous writing in any genre, be it novel, memoir, short story, poetry…
 

Byerley memorial scholarships

In memory of Suzanne Byerley, former co-director of MCWC: two partial scholarships of $250 each, based solely on merit. 
 

bradish memorial scholarship

In memory of Mary Bradish O'Connor, poet and one of the founders of the Cancer Resource Centers of Mendocino County: one partial scholarship of $275, awarded to a female writer.


5-UNDER-25 SCHOLARSHIPS

To support and encourage the next generation of writers: five full scholarships of $575 each, awarded to writers who are between 16 and 25 years of age on the first day of the conference.
 

judy & bob mathey scholarship

A full scholarships of $575 awarded to a writer less than 30 years of age on the first day of the conference.
 

VOICES OF DIVERSITY SCHOLARSHIPS

To encourage voices from underrepresented groups on the basis of ethnicity, sexual identity, disability, social or cultural background, and financial need: two full scholarships of $575 each.
 

MARION DEEDS SCHOLARSHIP 

A full scholarship of $575 awarded to a woman of color working in any genre.
 

FrancEs Andrews/Soroptimists ScholarshiP 

A full scholarship of $575 awarded to a woman of diverse background working in any genre.
 

susan & MEL MCKINNEY SCHOLARSHIP

A full scholarship of $575 awarded on merit to a writer working on a novel.
 

GINNY RORBY SCHOLARSHIP

A full scholarship of $575 awarded on merit to a writer working in the genres of middle grade fiction, young adult fiction, or nonfiction.
 

NORMA WATKINS SCHOLARSHIP

A full scholarship of $575 awarded on merit to a writer working in memoir.
 

DOUG FORTIER SCHOLARSHIP

A full scholarship of $575 awarded on merit to a writer of short fiction.
 

First taste of MCWC scholarships

Two half scholarships of $288 each, awarded to first-time attendees of the conference.
 

GENE & SUSAN LOCK SCHOLARSHIP

In honor of Gene and Susan Lock, a partial scholarship of $300, awarded to a writer at least 60 years of age.
 

Please download, complete, and sign this application form
and email it to scholarships@mcwc.org

 

HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT WRITERS SCHOLARSHIPS

To encourage writers in their first bud: two full scholarships of $575 each, awarded to writers in grades 9-12 at any high school or alternative high-school program, including home-school and independent study, in Mendocino County.
 

Please download, complete, and sign this application form
and email it to scholarships@mcwc.org

 

MCWC Writing Contest

Our writing contest is only open to participants registered for the full three-day conference. There is no entry fee. You may make one submission, in the category of your choice. Cash awards of $100, $75, and $50 are available in each category. However, awards are made solely at the discretion of the judging panel. On some occasions, not all prize money will be awarded. Winners will have the opportunity to read their work at the conference, and winning entries will be considered for publication in The Noyo River Review.

2017 categories are:
— Novel
— Short fiction
— MG/YA
— Memoir
— Poetry
 


With few exceptions, our scholarships and contests are entirely funded by generous donations from individual friends of MCWC.
We thank you for your generosity
.