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2018 Scholarship Application Information

IMPORTANT! The application information below is specific to Scholarship Competition Applicants. The scholarship competition is open to students enrolled full-time in undergraduate or graduate programs. You must also be nominated by your creative writing instructor to be eligible. If you are NOT eligible to apply for a scholarship go to the 2018 Non-Scholarship Application Information for information on how to apply.

A complete Scholarship Application includes the following:

  • Completion of the 2018 Scholarship Application in ONE of three genres – Fiction, Non-Fiction, or Poetry.
  • Submission of the following attachments as indicated below.
    • Brief Letter -indicating your status (e.g. undergraduate senior, second-yr. grad student at which school, studied with whom, etc.) Be sure to note which genre you are applying for: Fiction Scholarship App; or Poetry Scholarship App; or NFP Scholarship App.
    • Writing Sample
      • Students in Fiction or Non-Fiction: 15-25 pages of your best writing
      • Students in Poetry: 3-5 Poems

Attachment  Requirements

  • Please make sure the file name of your attachments have your full name and item description. 
    Example: JohnSmithstatement.docx (NO SPACES & NO SYMBOLS)
  • Uploads should be no larger than 100MB each.
  • Document types: .DOC; .DOCX; .PDF; .TXT

Scholarship Competition Deadlines

  • February 25 - Faculty nominations must be received
  • March 10 - Last date to submit Scholarship applications
  • On or around March 20 - The names of the scholarship award winners, along with their schools, will be announced to all applicants

To apply you must choose the genre in which you want to be considered – Fiction, Non-Fiction, or Poetry. Below is the list of 2018 workshops.

 Workshop Title

Two-Week Options (non-credit)

Four-Week Options (credit & non-credit)


July 2 – 13, 2018: Elizabeth Benedict and Danzy Senna (one week each)

July 16 – 27, 2018: Adam Braver and Victoria Redel (one week each)

July 2 – 27, 2018: Benedict, Senna, Braver, Redel


July 2 – 13, 2018: Nicholas Delbanco and Adam Haslett (one week each)

July 16 – 27, 2018: Garth Greenwell and Howard Norman (one week each)

July 2 – 27, 2018: Delbanco, Haslett, Greenwell, Norman


July 2 – 13, 2018: Joanna Scott and Claire Messud (one week each)

July 16 – 27, 2018: Rick Moody and Jonathan Dee (one week each)

July 2 – 27, 2018: Scott, Messud, Moody, Dee


July 2 – 13, 2018: Memoir & Personal Essay with Phillip Lopate (both weeks)

July 16 – 27, 2018: Miscellaneous Forms (including memoir) with James Miller (both weeks)

July 2 – 27, 2018: Lopate and Miller (two weeks each)


Workshop Title

Two-Week Options (non-credit)

Four-Week Options (credit & non-credit)


July 2 – 13, 2018: Campbell McGrath and Vijay Seshadri (one week each)

July 16 – 27, 2018: Peg Boyers (both weeks)

July 2 – 27, 2018: McGrath, Seshadri, Boyers


July 2 – 13, 2018: Master Class with Carol Muske-Dukes and Rosanna Warren (one week each)

July 16 – 27, 2018: Advanced and Master Class with Henri Cole (both weeks)

July 2 – 27, 2018: Muske-Dukes, Warren, Cole

IMPORTANT! Once you start your application, you will need to complete it in its entirety. The system won’t allow you to make changes once the application has been submitted. If you close the browser you will lose all of your information.

Once you’ve decided which genre you want to apply for, select the link for the 2018 Scholarship Application for that  particular genre below.


International Students

In accordance with U.S. Federal regulations, all non-U.S. Citizens must have a student visa to study in the United States. You may not attend Skidmore on a tourist visa. If you are an international student please review International Student Visa Information here.