Financial Assistance

Please check back in early 2017 for specific guidelines and due dates for the 37th conference, July 23-28, 2017. Meantime, general information about financial assistance is provided below.

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 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.

These general grants are awarded at the discretion of the fiction and poetry staff; the number and amount of grants awarded varies from year to year according to the applicant pool and the funding we have available.

In addition, we offer specific grants annually as follows:

  • 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. You do not have to be a community college student to qualify.
  • The Chris McCarthy Grant, a full-fee grant awarded to a poetry applicant.

Finally, 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 adviser.

Those seeking financial assistance should also consider applying for a WC&C Scholarship from the Association of Writers & Writing Programs.