NOW is the time to submit your essay, poem or story for a college scholarship!

Visit for complete submission instructions and to begin the application process. If submitted work has been previously published, the author must affirm that he/she holds clear copyright to the material.

Deadline is Feb. 28, 2017

It is the goal of the Writers Series of Traverse City, a part of the National Writers Series, with support of the Community Foundation and in cooperation with Michigan Writers, to award $3,000 in scholarships ($1,000 each) in the categories of poetry, fiction or non-fiction.  In addition, winners will have their work considered for publication in the NWS Literary Journal. All winners will be contacted by the Community Foundation and the National Writers Series scholarship committee and be recognized at an NWS author event.

Eligible writers must be residents of Antrim, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, or Leelanau County; attend public, parochial, private or home school; and be a junior or senior during the previous school year.

Submission Guidelines
Students may submit in only one category.  All prose must be double-typed in 12 pt. New Times Roman font, within standard word document margins.  The maximum word count for prose is 2000 words.  Poetry submissions must not exceed 32 lines per page and may not include more than one poem per page.  Each poem must begin on a new page, with a maximum of 10 pages.

Every page, prose or poetry, must contain a footer with the page number in the center and the title of the work at the right margin.  No other identifying information should be in the body of the work.  Include a title page containing only the title of the poetry collection or prose piece, also indicating whether the prose is non-fiction or fiction.

Manuscripts will be read in March by the National Writers Series scholarship committee, comprised of specialists in genres they are judging.  By accepting a scholarship, the winners agree to an editorial/revision process with a contest reader.

The National Writers Series supports Grand Traverse area high school students in the five-county region interested in writing by bringing to life great conversations with today’s best-selling authors. Net proceeds from NWS are donated to a dedicated Community Foundation scholarship fund, which awards scholarships to junior and senior high school students planning to attend college. The National Writers Series also provides free mentorship workshops and Q&A sessions for students with visiting NWS authors.