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The deadline for scholarship applications has passed.

Scholarship Applications

After reading our Guidelines, please click the appropriate link and follow the prompts (if you are applying here, you DO NOT need to apply via the general application as well):
Fiction Scholarship
Poetry Scholarship
Creative Nonfiction/Memoir Scholarship

2014 Scholarship Application



We are pleased to announce that we will be awarding both full and partial scholarships for the 2014 Tin House Summer Writer’s Workshops. Partial scholarships cover Tuition only. All scholarship recipients will need to provide for their own transportation to and from Reed College.

Scholarships are highly competitive. A board composed of Tin House Editorial staff members reviews each scholarship application, and judges the work based on its execution and promise, as well as how much the board feels an applicant might benefit from the Workshop. The board’s final decisions are made on the merit of the writing sample alone. Please do not send letters of recommendation.

The postmark/online deadline for scholarship applications is March 26, 2014.

We will notify scholarship recipients by phone and email by April 11, 2014.


All scholarship applicants will also be considered for general admission (meaning you do not need to submit a general application as well). Scholarship applicants will receive 2 announcements concerning their applications: an initial yes/no as to general admittance, followed by a yes/no as to the scholarship.

Please note that acceptance into the workshop does not guarantee you a spot; you must put down a deposit to secure placement. Registering early gives you preference in the assigning of workshop leaders (some of whom tend to fill up rather quickly). We assign faculty on a first-come, first-serve basis.

All scholarship recipients will have a spot in the workshop held for them, however, we cannot guarantee that it will be with one of your top three faculty choices.

For Fiction or Nonfiction, submit no more than twenty pages (of no more than two samples). And no funny stuff: double-spaced, one-inch margins, and 12pt font.

For Poetry, you can submit up to five poems (10 pages max)—the font/spacing/marginal requirements of course don’t apply.

If you’re submitting from a longer work, please do your best to ensure the excerpt is self-contained &  include a brief (1 page) project synopsis. This will not count towards the 20- page limit.Finally, your name should appear on each page.

Please do not send Flash or strict genre fiction, children’s, or young adult literature. While we love these, we do not teach them at the Workshop.

Feel free to apply with previously published work. You will have the opportunity to switch your manuscript out once accepted.

Along with your scholarship application, please include a 300-500-word essay describing your background and how you hope an experience at our conference will benefit your writing. Think of this as nothing more or less than an introduction to who you are and where you’re coming from as a writer.

If you prefer to apply online, please include the following information in your packet:

  • List your 3 preferred workshop leaders.
  • List any workshops you’ve attended in the past and/or publications.
  • Tell us how you heard about the Tin House Summer Writers Workshop.
  • 300-500-word Scholarship essay.

After establishing an account with our application manager, please upload everything as one file.

Scholarship applications do not require a separate fee, but be sure you have included an SASE and the $40 application fee along with your application. Checks can be made out to Tin House Literary Services. Drop all this in the mail to us at:

Tin House Workshop
P.O. Box 10500
Portland, OR 97210