The TC 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 the Series are donated to a dedicated scholarship fund, which awards scholarships to junior and senior high school students planning to attend college for writing. The Series also provides free mentorship workshops and Q&A sessions for students with visiting Series authors.
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 up to $6000 in scholarships ($2000 each) in the categories of poetry, fiction or non-fiction. In addition, winners will receive a master’s class in their submitted genre and have their work considered for publication in an upcoming issue of Dunes Review, Michigan Writers’ 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 in the spring of 2012.
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 2011-2012 school year.
Students may submit in only onc 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.
Submissions will be accepted from March 1 through March 30, 2012 at 4:00 pm. Visit http://www.gtrcf.org/give/our-funds.html/158/ 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.
Manuscripts will be read in March by the National Writers Series scholarship committee, comprised of Michigan Writers members who are specialists in genres they are judging. By accepting a scholarship, the winners agree to an editorial/revision process with a contest reader. Publication will be at the discretion of the Dunes Review editorial staff.
Past Winners | 2011 Scholarship Winners
The 2011 Scholarship Awards were presented by Doug Stanton and Michael Delp on April 28, 2011 during ‘An Evening with Made in Michigan’ at the City Opera House.
Poetry: Treespeak by Kelly Clare, Interlochen Arts Academy, senior, 2010-2011 school year
Fiction: Angle of Entry by Abigail Woughter, TC Central High School graduate, 2011. Woughter will attending Cornell University in fall 2011.
Nonfiction: Trailers and Tadpoles by Leah Jodoin, TC Central High School graduate, 2011. Jodoin will be attending Western Michigan University in fall 2011.
2010 Scholarship Winners
The Inaugural Scholarship Awards were presented by NWS guest and best-selling author, James Bradley, at the City Opera House in September 2010.
Poetry: We Wake Up by Emily Pittinos, Interlochen Arts Academy graduate, 2010. Pittinos currently attends University of Michigan.
Fiction: The Werewolf’s Addiction by Michael Russell, TC Central High School graduate, 2010. Russell currently attends Northwestern Michigan College.
Nonfiction: Paper Dragons by Abigail Woughter, TC Central High School junior, entering her senior year in the fall of 2010.
Excerpts of the 2010 winning entries can be found in the current Dunes Review, published by Michigan Writers and available at local bookstores.