Scholarships

scholarshipThe Pikes Peak Writers Conference Scholarship Fund

Each year, the Pikes Peak Writers organization offers a limited number of scholarships to aspiring writers who could not otherwise afford to attend the Pikes Peak Writers Conference. Since 1993, scholarships have been made possible by generous contributions from friends of PPW and participants of the Pikes Peak Writers Conference.

Pikes Peak Writers Military Scholarships

In recognition of their service and the unique perspective our military members bring to the writing community, Pikes Peak Writers offers scholarship opportunities to those who have served either past or present.

This scholarship will cover two full registrations for current or aspiring authors who are current active or reserve military members, retirees or veterans.  The recipient is not required to volunteer to staff the conference.

Steve LeRoy Nelson Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship honors the life and service of Steven LeRoy Nelson, mystery writer, humorist, humanitarian, and a cherished husband. It is awarded annually through a juried competition with the goal of recognizing talented writers who are dedicated to honing their craft. Steven authored the Axel Hatchett Murder Mystery series, as well as numerous short stories that appeared in the Alfred Hitchcock and Ellery Queen Mystery Magazines, and other publications. Outside of his writing, his wit and pranks were legendary among his friends, as was his compassion and dedication to helping others. As an optician, he participated in multiple Gift of Sight missions, traveling the world to make glasses for those with no access to optical care, and he also contributed his skills to making glasses for the homeless and needy of Colorado Springs. After retirement, he donated his time to an organization he loved — Pikes Peak Writers — serving as co-host for the monthly Write Brain workshops. Steve was an amazing man who touched many with his humor and service.

One scholarship is available and is targeted toward writers of Adult and YA fiction, and humor. Unlike other PPWC scholarships, the Steven LeRoy Nelson Memorial Scholarship pays for both the conference prequel and the full cost of the conference. Also, the recipient is not required to volunteer to staff the conference.

Pikes Peak Writers Standard Scholarships

Each year, the Pikes Peak Writers organization offers a limited number of scholarships to aspiring writers who could not otherwise afford to attend the Pikes Peak Writers Conference. Since 1993, scholarships have been made possible by generous contributions from friends of PPW and participants of the Pikes Peak Writers Conference.

What does a scholarship include?

Scholarships to the Pikes Peak Writers Conference consist of either a full registration fee to the conference, a half registration fee to the conference, or a full registration fee to the Thursday Prequel.  (Please note that a half registration fee means that 50% of the cost is covered in the scholarship and the other 50% of the cost must be covered by the recipient.  A half registration does not entitle the recipient to “half of a conference”.)  Scholarship recipients are required to volunteer onsite during the conference and contribute an article to the PPW Blog, “Writing from the Peak.”

Who can apply?

Any writer, 18 years or older, of any level of writing ability. Applicants residing outside the Colorado Springs area are eligible for scholarships. However, because scholarships do not cover transportation or lodging costs, out-of-area applicants should explain in their applications how they plan to deal with those costs.

When should I apply?

Applications open on Monday, November 17, 2019.

Deadline: January 14, 2020.

How do I apply for a scholarship?

Use our online scholarship application form, which can be found here. On the application form, we will ask for your contact information, as well as an application letter and writing sample. The application letter should describe your writing aspirations, experience, and financial need. The writing sample should be a selection representative of your best writing. While a fiction sample is not necessary, please be advised this is a fiction-focused writing conference.

What happens after I send my application?

Applicants will receive an email acknowledgment of application receipt within twenty-four hours. If you do not receive an acknowledgment, please check your spam folders. If you still can’t find the acknowledgement, contact scholarship@pikespeakwriters.com. All applicants will be contacted as to the final status of their request no later than February 15, 2020.

Need help?

Email scholarship@pikespeakwriters.com with any questions you may have.