Financial Assistance

Applications for financial assistance for the 2014 conference are now closed.

A limited number of grants are available to cover all or part of the conference participation fee, with awards made on the basis of merit and need.

Recipients of grants are automatically also offered community housing with local residents who’ve donated their spare rooms for the conference week. Grant recipients will owe a $50 fee to cover housing processing and placement costs upon acceptance.

We offer grants at the following levels:

  • Full fee grants: Recipients pay only the $25 reading fee and $50 community housing fee.
  • Half fee grants: Recipients pay the $25 reading fee, $50 community housing fee plus $450.
  • Partial fee grants: Recipients pay the $25 reading fee, $50 community housing fee plus $600.
  • Community grants: Recipients pay the $25 reading fee, $50 community housing fee plus $800.

Specific grants include:

  • The Defilippis-Rosselli Grant, a full-fee grant awarded to a fiction applicant whose work demonstrates a sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students.
  • The Chris McCarthy Grant, a full-fee grant awarded to a poetry applicant.

In addition, we offer full-fee grant opportunities in cooperation with the University of Iowa and the University of Michigan to students enrolled in their graduate writing programs, as well as to students of the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA). If you’re currently a student in one of those programs and are considering applying to the conference, please consult with your academic advisor.

Applications for financial assistance are now closed. Awards will be announced by May 1, and recipients will have until May 15 to secure their spot and pay any fees due.