2017 Fishtrap Scholarship Program

Check back in December for more on the 2017 Fishtrap Scholarships.

Day 3 Conversation pete stefanieWhat Are Fishtrap Scholarships?

At Fishtrap, we value the place writing can hold in a person’s life, and recognize that various circumstances can prevent a writer from being able to participate in the many transformative opportunities offered to further one’s art and sense of artistic community. We believe in the power of emerging writers and the very real need to build new friendships and a renewed sense of creative potential in an atmosphere of mentorship and community. That’s why, in partnership with generous individual donations and foundations, we like to offer scholarships to help offset some of the costs in attending Summer Fishtrap.

Since 2005, over 50 individuals have received scholarships from the Bryn Lunde, Frank Conley, and Sally Bowerman/Bob Hall Memorial funds, and our scholarship program only continues to grow. We celebrate this, as we believe our scholarship program to be a vital part of fulfilling Fishtrap’s mission and to successfully include people of all stages and backgrounds in their writing life.

Below you will see an overview of what scholarships we offer, what you can expect from the application process, application requirements, and more information on how to donate or help us expand our scholarship program.

What Do We Offer?

Fishtrap offers several scholarship opportunities for writers of all ages. You will be considered for all available scholarships based on your age, gender, writing sample, and letter describing your desire to attend Summer Fishtrap and financial need.

Most of the scholarships offered through Fishtrap are partial, as they cover a portion of the tuition to attend. However, some scholarships cover more depending on funding provided for the year. Familarize yourself with our scholarship programs at the links below.

Youth Scholarships
This year, Fishtrap has several opportunities for youth, especially Eastern Oregon youth to attend Summer Fishtrap at no cost at all. This includes their workshop fee, meals, and lodging for the week as well as food and lodging for a parent or guardian. Apply for Youth Scholarships at the link below.

Click here to apply.

For more information or clarification on our scholarship program, feel free to contact Fishtrap’s Program Manager, Mike Midlo.

How to Apply
All submissions should be delivered as a single PDF document with the following elements for consideration.

One-Page Cover Letter

  • At the top of your letter be sure to include the following: your name, contact information, genre for which you are applying, and the title(s) of your writing sample(s).
  • The primary goal of the cover letter is to demonstrate why you are a good fit for the Scholarship program. You should address how you and/or your work lines up with the mission of Fishtrap as a whole (as a writer from the West, or a writer writing about the West); give a brief description of your history with creative writing; and, most importantly, discuss how this Scholarship provides you with an opportunity you wouldn’t otherwise financially be able to take advantage of.

Writing Sample

  • The most successful writing samples are ones that generally give the committee a good sense of your current writing style, subject matter, and pride.
  • Samples should be 500 words or less in poetry, nonfiction, or fiction (hybrids are welcome).

Please title your PDF file as follows:
Last Name_First Name_Scholarship App (ex: Díaz_Junot_Scholarship App)

Support Writers through Scholarships

Would you would like to partner with Fishtrap to help us maintain and grow a rich, dynamic community of talented writers? You can start by donating to an existing scholarship fund, or start a new scholarship fund at Fishtrap. Please contact Shannon McNerney, Executive Director for more information.