The Work Conference is pleased to announce a scholarship opportunity for one writer from a culturally marginalized or minority background/identity to attend our next event in NYC, March 23-25th 2018. Applicants for the scholarship should satisfy the following criteria:
- Applicants must be un-agented authors of MG, YA or Adult fiction, with a completed draft manuscript (or anticipated complete by the end of 2017).
- Applicants and their book's protagonist/characters must identify with a marginalized or minority population. The scholarship application includes a Statement of Purpose for you to fill us in on the details, but this information will remain confidential.
- Applicants must be at least 18 years of age, with all the necessary documents to travel to NYC on the appointed dates.
The winner of the scholarship will receive:
- A ticket to the 2018 Work Conference, which includes all programming, social events, agent one-on-ones, small-group workshops, attendance at the Keynote Brunch, access to fun perks (candy and pen buffets, swag bag, non-alcoholic beverage service at the conference venue, and more), breakfast & lunch each day of the conference, food/bev at all conference social events, and more.
- An editorial letter from Rebecca Heyman in advance of the conference, to ensure the manuscript is in fighting form for agent meetings.
- A travel stipend to cover transportation and hotel costs (not included in ticket price). The exact size of the stipend depends entirely on the collection of submission fees from scholarship applications (more info below).
To apply for the scholarship, please provide:
Application fee explanation
- Your query letter
- The first 10 pages of your manuscript. Pages MUST be formatted according to the specifications listed on the application. Pages that do not conform to these specifications will be disqualified from scholarship eligibility.
- A Statement of Purpose that describes your eligibility for a scholarship intended to promote the advancement of a writer from a minority or marginalized background, whose work reflects the significant representation of minority or marginalized characters.
- Your Twitter handle, author web site, or other relevant social media account information.
: All proceeds from application fees collected from scholarship applications will be awarded to the scholarship winner in the form of a travel stipend. All funds, less Submittable's processing fee, will be held for the winner by Rebecca Heyman, to be disbursed when transportation and hotel accommodations are made by the scholarship winner. There is no guarantee that the fund will cover the entire cost of travel/hotel for the scholarship recipient.
Rebecca Heyman, founder of The Work Conference and freelance editor at Rebecca Faith Editorial, Inc., will select a winner based on manuscript quality. All applicants will receive a personal response within a month of submitting an application; shortlisted applicants may be asked to provide additional excerpts from their work for review. The winner will be announced no later than July 15, 2017. Should the winner of the scholarship obtain agency representation ahead of the conference, a runner-up will be selected to attend.
For questions or concerns, find us on Twitter at @TheWorkConf or email us at TheWorkConference@gmail.com.