Mystery Money For You

The Mystery Writers of America is awarding $500 scholarships for aspiring writers to attend conferences and short-term writing programs. The details are below and you need not be an MWA member to apply for the grants:  

2009 Helen McCloy/MWA Scholarship for Mystery Writing
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.
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.
The scholarship committe would like to emphasize to potential applicants that scholarship funds may be used for short-term writing workshops, conferences, and seminars, and not solely for university/college-level writing courses.
What Is the Scholarship Amount?
MWA will present two scholarships for up to $500 each in summer/fall 2009.
What do I need to submit?
>  Scholarship application form
>  Copy of official description of writing workshop, seminar or class printed by the institution/sponsor of writing program
>  FIVE COPIES of a mystery writing sample (e.g., 3 chapters from a novel with a synopsis, 
    3 short stories, 3 pieces of short nonfiction work, 1 screenplay, or 1 play script)
>  Two letters of recommendation (usually from teachers who can speak to the applicant’s writing ability)
>  FIVE COPIES of a short (300- to 500-word) essay on the applicant’s interest in mystery writing 
The scholarship committee may also require a syllabus or other documentation from the writing program to be attended.
Submission Address:
Helen McCloy/MWA Scholarship Committee
PO Box 16319
Saint Paul MN 55116-0319
Application Deadline:
All applications must be postmarked by February 28, 2009. No late applications or emailed applications will be accepted.
Contact the Helen McCloy/MWA Scholarship Committee at the address above or e-mail No phone calls, please.

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