MWA Scholarship

2021 Mystery Writers of America Mid-Atlantic Chapter

Student Scholarship Application Form To Attend Creatures, Crime & Creativity (C3) Con Writing Conference

September 10-12, 2021 Columbia, Maryland

Application Deadline: June 1, 2021

The Mystery Writers of America, Mid-Atlantic Chapter invites college students in our district (Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia) to apply for a scholarship to attend the annual writers and fan conference, Creatures, Crime & Creativity (C3) Con, Sept. 10-12, at the Doubletree Hilton Hotel in Columbia, Maryland.

Scholarship recipients will meet successful novelists, writers and literary agents, learn the craft of writing, and become familiar with the book publishing industry and what awaits a beginning writer.

If you are interested in writing novels or short stories in the genres of mystery, crime, suspense or thriller, we encourage you to apply for a scholarship and attend the conference. Two $500 competitive scholarships will be awarded based on your application and writing samples. The scholarship covers your conference registration, conference meals and hotel. Travel and incidental expenses outside of the conference will be the responsibility of the scholarship recipient.

Deadline for submission is June 1, 2021. We will notify all winners by July 15, 2021.

Mystery Writers of America welcomes people from all backgrounds, regardless of religion, race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, or disability. We do not tolerate discrimination or abuse of any kind, including any form of sexual harassment.

Agents and publishers have guidelines for submissions. Here are guidelines for your writing sample and essay: double space, Times New Roman font, black type, one-inch margins on each side, doc or docx format. Applicants who fail to follow these guidelines will be disqualified.

(1) Please attach a file containing no more than 10 pages of your fiction writing sample. This may be a short story, a chapter or part of a chapter of a longer piece. If it is a chapter, please include a paragraph at the beginning giving context for the story. Include a title for your work.

(2) Please attach a file of up to 300 words of your reason for wanting to attend this conference.

Questions? Please contact MWA Chesapeake Chapter scholarship chair Rick Pullen at rick.pullen@verizon.net.