Welcome to the Submittable site for the Key West Literary Seminar. Here, you can submit applications to participate in our Writers' Workshop Program. You can also apply for one or more of the opportunities provided by our Scholarship Program.

You'll find more information about the programs and opportunities we offer on our website, kwls.org. The Writers' Workshop Program main page includes an overview of our program, with links to complete course descriptions and application requirements. Visit our Scholarship Program main page for information about Workshop Financial Assistance, our Emerging Writer Awards, and the Teacher and Librarian Scholarships.
Ends on June 15, 2017

For more information about this and other scholarship opportunities, visit our website.


Requirements for Teachers & Librarians Scholarship:


1. Request Letter:

Please tell us about your work as a teacher or librarian in 1,000 words or less. A successful request letter will describe your institution, the community it serves, and your role within it; address the theme and/or speakers for the upcoming Seminar; and explain how you hope your attendance at the Seminar will benefit you and your community. Please also tell us something about your financial need, and whether or not you would be able to attend KWLS without our support.

File name must adhere to the following model: “Lastname_Firstname_cover.doc” and your name must appear at the top-right-hand-corner of the page.


2. Letter of Recommendation:

One letter of recommendation is required. It may be written by a supervisor, former student, patron, or peer. An effective letter will describe your strengths as a teacher or librarian and the impact you have made on others in your community and/or institution.

In the application form below, you will be asked to provide an email address for your recommender. Once you submit the application, they will receive an email from Submittable with a link to upload the recommendation letter. We suggest that you contact your recommender before you submit your application and alert them to expect this email.


3. References:

Please provide the names, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses of two additional persons who are familiar with you and your work.


Deadline:

The application deadline is June 15, 2017. Honorees will be announced in September.






For more information about this and other scholarship opportunities, visit our website.

How to Apply:

Complete the form below, making sure that you have prepared these required materials:

a. Scholarship Request Letter: In approximately 1,000 words, please tell us about yourself as a reader and writer, how you heard about the Writers' Workshop Program, and why you would like to attend. Please tell us about your financial situation and whether or not you would be able to attend without our support.

File name should adhere to the following model: “Lastname_Firstname_cover.doc” and your name should appear at the top-right-hand-corner of the page.

b. Workshop Required Materials: Review the course description for the workshop(s) you wish to participate in and prepare any and all required materials. You will then upload these as part of the application below. No materials are required for workshops marked "open to all."

You may apply for up to two workshops, indicating a first choice and second choice.

c. References:
Please provide the names, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses of two additional persons who are familiar with you and your work.

Financial Assistance Deadline:

The priority deadline is July 14, 2017. We will continue to accept applications on a rolling basis and will continue to offer aid as long as funding remains available.


For more information about this and other scholarship opportunities, visit our website.

Requirements for Scotti Merrill Award (for poetry):

1. Cover Letter:
In approximately 350 words, please tell us about your background, your motivations as a writer, and your previous accomplishments.

File name should adhere to the following model: “Lastname_Firstname_cover.doc” and your name should appear at the top-right-hand-corner of the page.

2. Writing Sample:
Please include 5-7 poems.

File name should adhere to the following model: “First_Poem_Title.doc” and your name should not appear on the manuscript.

3. Letter of Recommendation:
One letter of recommendation is required. In the application form below, you will be asked to provide an email address for your recommender. Once you submit the application, they will receive an email from Submittable with a link to upload the recommendation letter. We suggest that you contact your recommender before you submit your application and alert them to expect this email. Applications missing the letter of recommendation are incomplete and will not be considered.

4. References:
Please provide the names, phone numbers, and email addresses of two additional persons who are familiar with you and your work.

Deadline:

Applications–including letters of recommendation–must be received by June 30, 2017 (not later than 11:59 pm EDT). Due to an increased volume of applications and our thorough review process, we are implementing a $10 application fee to cover review costs. Award winners will be notified by November 1.

For more information about this and other scholarship opportunities, visit our website.

Requirements for Marianne Russo Award (for a novel-in-progress):

1. Cover Letter:
In approximately 350 words, please tell us about your background, your motivations as a writer, and your previous accomplishments.

File name should adhere to the following model: “Lastname_Firstname_cover.doc” and your name should appear at the top-right-hand-corner of the page.

2. Writing Sample:
Please submit an excerpt from your novel of 30 pages or fewer (12-point font, double-spaced). Preface this excerpt with a single page containing a “pitch” of 250 words or fewer; this should provide an outline of your novel and any context that may be useful to the reader.

File name should adhere to the following model: “Novel_Title.doc” and your name should not appear on the manuscript.

3. Letter of Recommendation:
One letter of recommendation is required. In the application form below, you will be asked to provide an email address for your recommender. Once you submit the application, they will receive an email from Submittable with a link to upload the recommendation letter. We suggest that you contact your recommender before you submit your application and alert them to expect this email. Applications missing the letter of recommendation are incomplete and will not be considered.

4. References:
Please provide the names, phone numbers, and email addresses of two additional persons who are familiar with you and your work.

Deadline:

Applications–including letters of recommendation–must be received by June 30, 2017 (not later than 11:59 pm EDT). Due to an increased volume of applications and our thorough review process, we are implementing a $10 application fee to cover review costs. Award winners will be notified by November 1.

For complete guidelines about this and other scholarship opportunities, visit our website.

Requirements for Cecelia Joyce Johnson Award (for a short story):

1. Cover Letter:
In approximately 350 words, please tell us about your background, your motivations as a writer, and your previous accomplishments.

File name should adhere to the following model: “Lastname_Firstname_cover.doc” and your name should appear at the top-right-hand-corner of the page.

2. Writing Sample:
Please submit a complete short story of 22 pages or fewer (12-point font, double-spaced).

File name should adhere to the following model: “Short_Story_Title.doc” and your name should not appear on the manuscript.

3. Letter of Recommendation:

One letter of recommendation is required. In the application form below, you will be asked to provide an email address for your recommender. Once you submit the application, they will receive an email from Submittable with a link to upload the recommendation letter. We suggest that you contact your recommender before you submit your application and alert them to expect this email. Applications missing the letter of recommendation are incomplete and will not be considered.

4. References:
Please provide the names, phone numbers, and email addresses of two additional persons who are familiar with you and your work.

Deadline:

Applications–including letters of recommendation–must be received by June 30, 2017 (not later than 11:59 pm EDT). Due to an increased volume of applications and our thorough review process, we are implementing a $10 application fee to cover review costs. Award winners will be notified by November 1.

January 15-19, 2018

For Workshop Description and Instructor Bio, visit our website.

Application Requirements

  • Complete the fields below.
  • Submit a writing sample of no more than 25 pages (new material is preferable)
  • Prepare your submission as a single file (.pdf or .doc format preferred). Include your name and email address at the top right-hand corner of each page. File names should adhere to the format: “Lastname_Firstname.pdf.” 

January 15-19, 2018

For Workshop Description and Instructor Bio, visit our website.

Application Requirements

•  Please complete the fields below and submit a brief letter about your interest in the workshop, a 10-20-page writing sample (double-spaced), and a description of the long-form work in progress or in contemplation, in whatever form is congenial (synopsis, outline, notes, drawings, etc.).

•  Please prepare your submission as a single file (.pdf or .doc format preferred). Include your name and email address at the top right-hand corner of each page. File names should adhere to the format: “Lastname_Firstname.pdf.” 

January 15-19, 2018

For Workshop Description and Instructor Bio, visit our website.

Application Requirements

•  Please complete the fields below and submit a writing sample of three or four poems. Those who have taken a workshop with Collins before, here or elsewhere, are not eligible to apply. 

•  Please prepare your submission as a single file (.pdf or .doc format preferred). Include your name and email address at the top right-hand corner of each page. File names should adhere to the format: “Lastname_Firstname.pdf.” 

January 15-19, 2018

For Workshop Description and Instructor Bio, visit our website.

Application Requirements

•   Please submit a brief letter outlining your desire to take the workshop, including a description of the “thing” you wish to explore (with photos or other documentation, if available), along with a 2-8 page writing sample (fiction or creative nonfiction). All participants will be expected to read works for discussion assigned by the instructor in advance of the workshop.

•  Please prepare your submission as a single file (.pdf or .doc format preferred for text submission). Include your name and email address at the top right-hand corner of each page. File names should adhere to the format: “Lastname_Firstname.pdf.” 

January 15-19, 2018

For Workshop Description and Instructor Bio, visit our website.

Application Requirements

•  Please complete the fields below and submit a writing sample of three or four poems.

•  Please prepare your submission as a single file (.pdf or .doc format preferred). Include your name and email address at the top right-hand corner of each page. File names should adhere to the format: “Lastname_Firstname.pdf.”