WC&C Scholarship Competition

AWP offers three annual scholarships of $500 each to emerging writers who wish to attend a writers’ conference, center, retreat, festival, or residency. We encourage writers of fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction to enter. The scholarships are applied to fees for winners who attend one of the member programs in AWP’s Directory of Conferences & Centers. Winners and six finalists also receive a one-year individual membership in AWP.

This contest aims to spread the word about the incredible work being done at local writing centers, conferences, festivals, retreats, and residencies. We hope you will take the time to visit our directory and explore them all. There's an excellent chance you will find one that meets in your local area that can help you connect with a community of writers and friends.


Enter online at Submittable. Manuscripts will be accepted December 1-March 30. Download full guidelines at right.

2015 Judges

AWP is pleased to announce the judges for the 2015 WC&C Scholarship Competition.

Creative Nonfiction

XU XI 許素細 is the author of nine books of fiction and essays and editor of four anthologies of Hong Kong writing in English. Her most recent titles are the anthology The Queen of Statue Square: New Short Fiction from Hong Kong, Access Thirteen Tales, and the novel Habit of a Foreign Sky, a finalist for the inaugural Man Asian Literary Prize. She is currently writer in residence at City University of Hong Kong’s Department of English, where she founded and directs Asia’s first low-residency Masters of Fine Arts in creative writing. xuxiwriter.comfacebook.com/XuXiWriter@xuxiwriter
Photo credit: Paul Hilton

Matt Bell


Matt Bell is the author of the novel In the House upon the Dirt between the Lake and the Woods, a finalist for the Young Lions Fiction Award, a Michigan Notable Book, an Indies Choice Adult Debut Book of the Year honor recipient, and the winner of the Paula Anderson Book Award. He is also the author of two previous books, How They Were Found and Cataclysm Baby, and his next novel, Scrapper, will be published in Fall 2015. His stories have appeared in Best American Mystery Stories, Best American Fantasy, Conjunctions, Gulf Coast, The American Reader, and many other publications. He teaches creative writing at Arizona State University.

Sandra Beasley


Sandra Beasley is author of three poetry collections: Count the Waves, forthcoming in 2015 from W. W. Norton; I Was the Jukebox, winner of the Barnard Women Poets Prize; and Theories of Falling, winner of the New Issues Poetry Prize. Honors for her work include the Center for Book Arts Chapbook Prize, writing fellowships at Cornell College and Lenoir-Rhyne University, and two DCCAH Artist Fellowships. Her most recent book is the memoir Don’t Kill the Birthday Girl: Tales from an Allergic Life. She lives in Washington, DC, and is on the faculty of the low-residency MFA program at the University of Tampa.

List of Winners

Check out previous WC&C scholarship winners