Third draft specialist Lisa Rector Maass has alerted us to an opportunity for aspiring young writers. If you know a budding writer, this may be the break they’ve been waiting for:
The 2008 Lisa Rector Young Writers Scholarship
Postmark Deadline: September 30, 2008.
1st place, SIWC Scholarship, 2008.
2nd place, 10 page critique by a Literary Agent
3rd place, 10 page critique by an Editor
The winner will be invited to attend the Surrey International Writers’ Conference October 24-26, 2008 in Surrey, Canada. 3-day pass includes entry to an awards banquet announcing the winner and a consult with an agent or editor attending this year’s conference. Scholarship does not include conference meals, travel or accommodations.
Students between the ages of 12-18, currently enrolled in a junior high, senior high or college program, are eligible to enter. Contest is open to Canadian, US and Worldwide residents.
1. An original, unpublished work of less than 1000 words, typed and double-spaced in 12-point Courier or Times New Roman font. Each page of the work should be titled but should not contain any information about the author. Work that previously appeared in school publications is eligible.
2. A cover letter with the author’s contact information, the title of their submission and a paragraph outlining the student’s goals as a writer.
3. A letter of recommendation from an instructor in the current or previous academic year.
Submit entries to the following address:
c/o Young Writers Scholarship
95 Horatio Street., Suite 9M
New York, NY 10014 USA
MS Word attachments are also accepted via email to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Emailed submissions must adhere to the above rules and must be received by midnight on the postmarked deadline of September 30, 2008 in order to qualify. A confirmation email will be sent to the applicant once their submission has been received.
Entries may be made in any of the following genres: fiction, poetry, personal essay or memoir. One entry per applicant.
Application Deadline: September 30, 2008
Finalists Announced October 5, 2008
Scholarship Awarded October 24-26, 2008
Finalists are responsible for their own travel, meals and accommodation if attending the conference.
For further information, please contact Lisa Rector at lisa at thirddraftnyc dot com