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Taos Summer Writers' Conference has a number of scholarships to provide support for talented writers. The application process for all awards begins in December, but each scholarship has different requirements and processes so please read the documentation carefully. If you have further questions about our scholarship programs, or if you wish to donate to the scholarship funds, please contact us at the address listed below.

D. H. Lawrence Fellowship | Merit Scholarships | Native Writer Award | Hispanic Writer Award |
Taos Resident Award

D. H. Lawrence Fellowship

The original D. H. Lawrence Fellowship was established in 1958 to sustain a living tradition of artistic creation at the D. H. Lawrence Ranch, located in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains some 20 miles north of Taos, New Mexico. Over the years, dozens of poets, fiction writers and dramatists enjoyed a month of quiet writing time amid the great natural beauty of the Ranch. Unfortunately, in 1992, the Fellowship had to be suspended because of the deteriorating condition of the writer's cabin and an uncertain water supply. While the Ranch remains open to visitors during the day, housing a writer-in-residence still is not feasible.

In July 2000, the Taos Summer Writers' Conference reinstated the D. H. Lawrence Fellowship in modified form. The Fellowship is awarded to an emerging writer of fiction or poetry with one book in print or at press. The D. H. Lawrence Fellow will receive paid tuition for one weekend or weeklong workshop (a value up to $650), lodging at the Sagebrush Inn or Comfort Suites, and two meals a day (breakfast and lunch). In return, the Fellow contributes to Conference activities and gives a formal reading.

D. H. Lawrence Fellows include Matthew Pitt (2013), Kristen-Paige Madonia (2012), Darlin' Neal of Orlando, FL (2011), Andrew Kozma (2010), Merrill Feitell (2009), Nancy Pagh of Bellingham, Washington (2008), Philip Cioffari (2007), Kelly Magee of Columbus, Ohio (2006); Carl Marcum of Chicago, Illinois (2005); Lisa Goett of Taos, New Mexico (2004); Sarah Jane Smith of Miami, Florida (2003); Andrea Hollander Budy of Mountain View, Arkansas (2002); Pamela Gemin of Oshkosh, Wisconsin (2001); and Charlotte Holmes of State College, Pennsylvania (2000).

The next application period for the D.H. Lawrence Fellowship is December 2013 - April 2014.

Application Procedure for D.H. Lawrence Fellowship

1. Send a vitae and a brief letter of application along with a recent sample of your work. Manuscripts and supporting materials will be returned.

2. Application deadline: Friday, April 11, 2014 (Postmark).

3. Send application materials to:

Taos Summer Writers' Conference
Attn: D.H. Lawrence Fellowship
Department of English Language and Literature
MSC03 2170, 1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001

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Leo Love Merit Scholarships in Poetry and Fiction/Nonfiction

The two Leo Love Merit Scholarships—awarded in poetry and fiction/nonfiction—are available to any potential Conference participant. Each Merit Scholarship pays tuition for a weeklong workshop or partial tuition for a master class (a value of $650). Each Merit Scholarship recipient is responsible for her or his transportation and/or lodging costs.

Leo Love Merit Scholarship applicants must register for the Conference (including paying the deposit) at the time application is made for the scholarship. (By the time the scholarships have been awarded, we anticipate that many of the workshops will be closed. Thus, individuals applying for scholarships should be planning to attend the Conference, regardless of the outcome of the competition. These scholarships are meritorious awards, not financial assistance.)

Awardees of the Leo Love Scholarship in Poetry include: Adam Crittenden, Albuquerque, NM (2013), Sara Parrell, Madison, WI (2012), Cedar Brant of Missoula, MT (2011), Jane Lin of Los Alamos, NM (2010)

Awardees of the Leo Love Scholarship in Prose include: Christine Fadden, Story, WY (2013), Kim Bradley, St. Augustine, FL (2012), Emma Rainey, Fairfield, IA (2011), Sally Smith Hutchins, Brentwood, TN (2010)

Application Procedure for Leo Love Merit Scholarships

1. Submit 10 pages of prose or poetry once you have registered, or send with your registration form if you are paying by check. Manuscripts and supporting materials will not be returned.

2. The deadline for application is Monday, April 28, 2014 (postmark). Results will be posted on the Conference web site.

3. Send application materials to:

Taos Summer Writers' Conference
Attn: Leo Love Merit Scholarship

Department of English Language and Literature
MSC03 2170, 1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001

4. A committee composed of faculty and graduate students from the Creative Writing Program at the University of New Mexico will select the recipient whose name will be posted on the Conference web site.

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Native Writer Award in Poetry or Fiction

The Native Writer Award, established in the memory of Native author and former colleague Louis Owens, offers paid tuition for one weekend or weeklong workshop (a value up to $650) as well as paid lodging to any Native American who is resident of New Mexico. The award recognizes excellence in fiction, poetry, or non-fiction. Applicants may apply in more than one genre and are eligible for only one award. Unlike the merit scholarships in poetry and fiction/nonfiction, applicants for the Native Writer Award do not need to be registered for the Conference before applying.

Native Writer Awardees include Shauna Osborn, Albuquerque, NM (2013), Cynthia Sylvester, Rio Rancho, NM (2012), Khara Ellasante (Two-Spirit Choctaw/African American), poet, artist and activist in Tucson, AZ (2011), Monte Little (Navajo), a student at IAIA, Santa Fe, NM (2011), Chee Brossy (Navajo), a student at IAIA (2010), Maurus Chino of Acoma Pueblo (2009), Oscar Hokeah (2008), Orlando White (Navajo), a student at IAIA (2007), Max Early of Laguna Pueblo (2006), Leslie Gee (Caddo/Delaware/Choctaw), a student at the Institute for American Indian Arts - IAIA (2005), Christina M. Castro (2004), Coral Dawn Bernal of Taos Pueblo (2003).

Application Procedure for Native Writer Award

1. Submit 20 pages of prose or poetry, along with a short cover letter indicating the name of the award and describing your writing interests and why you want to attend the Conference. Please note: Manuscripts and supporting materials will not be returned.

2. Application deadline: Monday, April 28, 2014 (Postmark)

3. Send application materials to:

Taos Summer Writers' Conference
Attn: Native Writer Award
Department of English Language and Literature
MSC03 2170, 1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001

4. A committee composed of faculty and graduate students from the Creative Writing Program at the University of New Mexico will select the recipient whose name will be posted on the Conference web site.

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Hispanic Writer Award in Fiction, Nonfiction, or Poetry

The Hispanic Writer Award is open to any New Mexican resident of Hispanic, Latino, or Spanish heritage. The award pays tuition for one weekend or weeklong workshop (a value up to $650) in fiction, non-fiction, or poetry as well as paid lodging. Applicants may apply in more than one genre and are eligible for only one award. Unlike the merit scholarships in poetry and fiction/nonfiction, applicants for the Hispanic Writer Award do not need to be registered for the Conference before applying.

Hispanic Writer Awardees include Donna Gutierrez, Albuquerque, NM (2013), Mario Gonzales, Santa Fe, NM (2012), Richard Vargas of Albuquerque (2011), Nena Villamil of Santa Fe and Las Cruces (2010), Cathy Arellano of Albuquerque (2009), Benjamin Garcia (2008), Felecia Caton Garcia of Albuquerque (2007), Annette Rodriguez of Albuquerque (2006), Grankie Ortega of Albuquerque (2005), Irene Villa Estrada (2004).

Application Procedure for Hispanic Writer Award

1. Submit 20 pages of prose or poetry, along with a short cover letter indicating the name of the award and describing your writing interests and why you want to attend the Conference. Please note: Manuscripts and supporting materials will not be returned.

2. Application deadline: Monday, April 28, 2014 (Postmark)

3. Send application materials to:

Taos Summer Writers' Conference
Attn: Hispanic Writer Award
Department of English Language and Literature
MSC03 2170, 1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001

4. A committee composed of faculty and graduate students from the Creative Writing Program at the University of New Mexico will select the recipient whose name will be posted on the Conference web site.

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Taos Resident Award in Poetry or Fiction

The Taos Resident Writer Award offers paid tuition support for one weekend or weeklong workshop (a value up to $650) to a resident of Taos or the Taos vicinity. The award recognizes excellence in fiction, poetry, or non-fiction. Applicants may apply in more than one genre and are eligible for only one award. Unlike the merit scholarships in poetry and fiction/nonfiction, applicants for the Taos Resident Writer Award do not need to be registered for the Conference before applying.

Applicants must be residents of Taos County.

Taos Resident Awardees include Jan Smith (2013), Jean-Marie Saporito (2012), Linda Michel-Cassidy (2011), Katherine Toy Miller (2010), Paula Marafino Bernett (2009), Jessica Wilbanks (2008), Bonnie Lee Black (2007), Laurel Bastian of Ranchos de Taos (2005), Michelle Goldberg of Arroyo Hondo (2004).

Application Procedure for Taos Resident Award

1. Submit 20 pages of prose or poetry, along with a short cover letter indicating the name of the award and describing your writing interests and why you want to attend the Conference. Please note: Manuscripts and supporting materials will not be returned.

2. Application deadline: Monday, April 28, 2014 (Postmark)

3. Send application materials to:

Taos Summer Writers' Conference
Attn: Taos Resident Award
Department of English Language and Literature
MSC03 2170, 1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001

4. A committee composed of faculty and graduate students from the Creative Writing Program at the University of New Mexico will select the recipient whose name will be posted on the Conference web site.

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