The Mystery Writers of America (MWA) organization sponsors Helen McCloy/MWA Scholarship for mystery writing each year. Up to two $500 scholarships are given each year. Awards include screenplay, play scripts, novels, non-fiction, and short story scholarships. Recipients may use scholarship funds toward collegiate writing programs or to help pay for writing seminars or workshops in the United States.
The application package must included five mystery writing samples, a description of the training session or class for which funds will be used, two letters of recommendations from individuals who can address the candidate’s writing ability, a brief essay regarding interest in mystery writing, and five copies of a mystery writing sample. Applicants do not have to hold memberships in Mystery Writers of America. All U.S. citizens and permanent residents are eligible to enter the scholarship competition.
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