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.


Ron Cree Memorial Scholarship

Ronald Cree was a prolific reader, book collector, and established fiction author, including the young adult mystery novel, Desert Blood 10pm/9c. He was a world traveler, but his favorite place on earth was Garden of the Gods, and nothing was more important to him than his family and friends. He was known for bringing people together to attend plays, book signings, or movie-night parties where he supplied all the pizza and took all the photos. For more than a decade, Ron was a vital member of the Colorado Springs writing community, a fervent supporter of Pikes Peak Writers, and member of a tight-knit critique group. In honor of this loving, passionate man who cheered on other writers and argued so many of us out of quitting, we offer the Ron Cree Memorial scholarship. This scholarship will cover one full registration for a selected writer of young adult fiction.

Steve LeRoy Nelson Memorial Scholarship

Steven LeRoy Nelson was the author of the Axel Hatchett Murder Mystery series and numerous short stories. His great passion from childhood onward was writing, which led him to study creative writing under James Yaffe at Colorado College. In 1982, Steve won the Colorado College Award in Literature and launched his writing career. He went on to become an award-winning humorist whose fiction appeared in Alfred Hitchcock and Ellery Queen Mystery Magazines, as well as other publications. Outside of his writing, his wit and pranks were legendary among his friends, as was his compassion and his dedication to helping others. As an optician with LensCrafters, he participated in multiple Gift of Sight missions, traveling to places like China, Mexico, and Venezuela, to make glasses for thousands of people who have no access to optical care. He also contributed his skills to the Vision Van to make glasses for the homeless and needy of Colorado Springs. Most recently, he was donating his time to an organization he loved — Pikes Peak Writers — serving as co-host for the monthly Write Brain workshops. In honor of this amazing man who touched so many with his humor and service, these scholarships are being offered to assist other writers who are dedicated to honing their craft. Two scholarships are available. Each will cover one full registration for selected writers of humor, preferably noir.


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 12, 2018.

Deadline: January 11, 2019.

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 All applicants will be contacted as to the final status of their request no later than February 18, 2019.

Need help?

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