WC&C Scholarship Competition

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

Submissions to the WC&C Scholarship Competition are welcome online each year between December 1 and March 30. Download full guidelines at right.

2014 Winners

AWP is pleased to announce the winners of the 2014 WC&C Scholarship Competition. This is a small contest with a big mission—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.

Our judge this year was Rigoberto González, the author of thirteen books of poetry and prose. His most recent title is the poetry volume Unpeopled Eden. He is the recipient of Guggenheim and NEA fellowships, winner of the American Book Award, The Poetry Center Book Award, The Shelley Memorial Award of The Poetry Society of America, and a grant from the New York Foundation for the Arts. He is contributing editor for Poets & Writers, on the executive board of directors of the National Book Critics Circle, and is associate professor of English at Rutgers-Newark, the State University of New Jersey.

Lacy Arnett Mayberry


Lacy Arnett Mayberry
"The Gardener"

Lacy Arnett Mayberry is the fiction editor of BorderSenses Literary & Arts Journal in El Paso, where she lives with her husband and two daughters. She is a graduate of Lesley University's MFA program, and her stories and essays have appeared in Mirage, Literary Mama, and Better: Culture & Lit. She co-hosts The Postmasters Podcast: Writing and Life After the MFA

Of Ms. Mayberry's short story, Rigoberto González shared the following—
An extremely textured storyline about an aging gardener bearing witness to the social changes that affect his livelihood and reshape his worldview. The characterization of the main protagonist, Ladelle, is endearing and the reader can’t help but champion him as his search for simple answers leads him to more complex questions about family and the purposes of life. The large cast of secondary characters never feels superfluous and even the smallest scenes are richly conveyed by the writer’s precision of dialogue and description. This is a storyteller of exceptional skill.

Ahimsa Timoteo Bodhrán


Ahimsa Timoteo Bodhrán
"Honig" and Other Poems

Ahimsa Timoteo Bodhrán is the author of Antes y después del Bronx: Lenapehoking and South Bronx Breathing Lessons, both forthcoming, and editor of an international queer Indigenous issue of Yellow Medicine Review: A Journal of Indigenous Literature, Art, and Thought. His work appears in 180 publications in 20 nations in the Américas, Africa, the Arab world, Asia, Europe, Australia, and the Pacific. Bamboo Ridge Editors' Choice Award Winner, he has been awarded 12 artist residencies, including Yaddo, Vermont Studio Center, and James Merrill House; and scholarships and fellowships from the Fine Arts Work Center, Lambda Literary Foundation, Macondo Foundation, Radius of Arab American Writers, Inc., and Educational Foundation of America.

Of Mr. Bodhrán’s submission, Rigoberto González wrote the following—
The energy that propels these poems off the page is fueled by an unabashed voice that’s fearless in how it takes to task society’s preconceived notions of class, sexuality and body politics. Yet at the same time it celebrates disclosure, placing otherness and queerness at the center of public discourse. How refreshing to read a poet who privileges the raw and the risky over the muted and polite, whose flashes of imagery and sensory sound bytes score an impressionable urban rhythm. These poems grab the reader and won’t let go.


2014 Scholarship Finalists:

Fiction Finalists

Gwen-Florelei Luib,  “The Tilapia Farmer”
Lilliam Rivera, “Death Defiant Bomba”

Poetry Finalists

Ruth Madievsky, “Tell Me” and Other Poems
Elizabeth O’Brien, “Apostrophe Reflected in a Laundry Pail” and Other Poems

List of Winners

Check out previous WC&C scholarship winners