Summer Fishtrap Scholarships & Fellowships

Giving young and emerging writers the opportunity to be inspired by a community of artists is at the heart of our Summer Fishtrap Scholarship and Fellowship programs. Each year, Fishtrap awards over $25,000 in scholarships and fellowships to writers from around the west to give them the opportunity to come to this amazing place and learn and grow in their craft.

Read below for more information about each of these opportunities and to learn how you can apply.

Get involved. Support Writers through Scholarships

Help us grow and maintain a rich, dynamic community of talented writers by becoming a part of this important program. You can start by donating to an the Fishtrap Scholarship Fund. If you would like to help fund one of our Fishtrap Fellows, please contact us.

Fishtrap Scholarships


2018 Fishtrap Scholarship Applications Open
December 15, 2017 – Close January 15, 2018

2018 Scholarship Application period has closed. 

Fishtrap Scholarships


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 at Summer Fishtrap. That’s why, in partnership with generous individual donations and foundations, we are committed to offering scholarships to help offset some of the costs in attending the annual weeklong gathering.


Who can apply?


Fishtrap offers several scholarship opportunities for writers of all ages. You will be considered based on financial need, age, gender, and your personal letter describing how Summer Fishtrap can enrich your life as a writer.

2018 Scholarship Application period has closed.


Fishtrap Fellowships


2018 Fishtrap Fellowship Applications Open
November 15, 2017 – Close December 15, 2017

2018 Fellowship Application period has closed.

Fishtrap Fellowships


Fishtrap Fellowships recognize and encourage writers who show promise at an early stage in their career. The primary benefit of this award is an opportunity to attend the annual Summer Fishtrap Gathering. Each Fishtrap Fellow receives early workshop registration and a featured reading during the week. Fellows are also highlighted in Fishtrap promotional materials, press releases, and on the Fishtrap website.


A Fishtrap Fellowship covers the cost of the seven-day conference including a five-day writing workshop, readings, activities, panel discussions, and special events. Fishtrap Fellows receive meals and lodging for the week, and a $150 travel stipend. A Fishtrap Fellowship is valued at more than $1200, but more than that, it is an opportunity for emerging writers to build new friendships and a renewed sense of creative potential in an atmosphere of mentorship and community.

2018 Fellowship Application period has closed