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 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 | 2015 Scholarship Winners
The 2015 Scholarship Awards were presented on June 2, 2015 by Jeff Shaara, author of several Civil War books, including his newest, The Fateful Lightning. Each of the winners was awarded $1,000. Sebastian Wentworth gave a reading from his winning poetry entry.
- Poetry: Sebastian Wentworth, Traverse City West, a Front Street Writers student
- Fiction: Allison Shumate, Traverse City Central High School, a Front Street Writers student
- Nonfiction: Anais Mohr, Traverse City Central High School, a Front Street Writers student
Past Winners | 2014 Scholarship Winners
The 2014 Scholarship Awards were presented on April 8, 2014 by Steve Luxenberg (author the 2013/14 Great Michigan Read book Annie’s Ghosts) and Mardi Link (author of Bootstrapper, When Evil Came to Good Hart, and Isadore’s Secret) at the City Opera House.
- Poetry: Plain Jane Glory by Paige Emerson, Glen Lake High School
- Fiction: Unpopular Colors by Clara Trippe, Traverse City Central High School, a Front Street Writers student
- Nonfiction: Shattered by London Rauch, Traverse City Central High School
Past Winners | 2013 Scholarship Winners
The 2013 Scholarship Awards were presented on May 22, 2013 during ‘An Evening in Conversation with Jason Matthews’ at the City Opera House. Each of the winners were congratulated on stage by Jason Matthews and Doug Stanton (NWS co-founder and New York Times bestselling author). In addition, the students each gave a reading from their their winning submissions.
Poetry: The Door by Adelaide Dolan, Traverse City West High School
Fiction: Looking Toward the Sun by Quiana Pershinske, Traverse City West High School
Nonfiction: Trinity by Callie Chappell, Traverse City Central High School
Past Winners | 2012 Scholarship Winners
The 2012 Scholarship Awards were presented on May 14, 2012 during ‘An Evening in Conversation with Anna Quindlen’ at the City Opera House. Each of the winners were congratulated on stage by Anna Quindlen, Susan Casey (event guest host and then editor-in-chief for O, The Oprah Magazine), and Doug Stanton (NWS co-founder and New York Times bestselling author).
Poetry: A Calendar of Leaving by Emily Hittner-Cunningham, Interlochen Arts Academy
Fiction: The Intimacy of an Unmade Bed by Kelly Clare, Interlochen Arts Academy
Nonfiction: A Terrible Beauty by Whitney Hubbell, Elk Rapids High School
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.