Welcome to the Submittable site for Key West Literary Seminar. Here, you can submit applications to participate in our Writers' Workshop Program; and/or apply for the opportunities provided by our Scholarship Program or Young Writers Studio.

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.

For more information about this opportunity, please visit our website.

Workshop runs July 1-5 (with a break for July 4)

Eligibility:

  • Open to all high school students in Monroe County who are interested in exploring the personal-essay form in preparation for the college application process. Local students who are home-schooled or from unconventional backgrounds are equally encouraged to apply.
  • Space is limited. Priority will be given to rising seniors about to embark on the college admissions process, but other interested students (rising sophomores and juniors) are encouraged to apply as well and will be accepted as space allows.
  • Participants in the Young Writers Studio (taking place the previous week) are also welcome to apply for this separate program, which is free of charge. 

How to Apply:
Complete the form below and write a short letter introducing yourself and explaining why you would like to participate in this workshop. Please let us know your thoughts, questions, or concerns about the writing process. Your candor will help us further cater the workshop to your needs. (Letters should be 250 – 500 words.) 

Please note: If you are also applying to the Young Writers Studio, you may use that letter for this application. 

We highly recommend that you apply by the priority deadline of May 1. Applications will be reviewed as they are received, and space is limited.

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

Suggestions:

  • Be yourself. Your letter should be casual and relaxed. Don’t be afraid to give us a sense of your personality and be completely honest.
  • Remember that editing for typos and small errors helps show that you care and are trying to make the best first impression.

Questions?
If you have questions about the program or the application, please contact Katrin Schumann: kschumann@kwls.org / 305-293-9291

For more information about this opportunity, please visit our website.

Eligibility:
The program is open to any student in Monroe County who will be starting their sophomore, junior, or senior year in the fall of 2019. Local students who are home-schooled or from unconventional backgrounds are equally encouraged to apply.


How to Apply:
Complete the form below and upload an application letter of no more than 650 words (minimum 500 words). Deadline: Applications will be reviewed as they are received and until the class is full.


Application Letter: 

  • Introduce yourself. Explain why you want to be a part of this program. What makes you a great candidate? What in the description of Young Writers Studio sounds intriguing to you?
  • Describe your relationship to reading and writing. Please tell us what has been your favorite thing (novel, poem, short story, graphic novel, children’s book, anything) you have ever read and why.
  • Tell us about your relationship to Key West. What do you love about this area and landscape the most? Do you have a favorite place you can tell us about, or a favorite aspect of life here?

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

Please note: If you are applying for The Art of the Personal Essay workshop (July 1 , 2, 3, and 5), you may also use this application letter for that program. 


Suggestions:

  • Feel free to address these questions in whatever order makes the most sense to you and creates a logical and good flow.
  • Be yourself. Your letter should be casual and relaxed. Don’t be afraid to give us a sense of your personality and be completely honest.
  • Remember that detail, description, and sharing quick anecdotes or examples can help make your writing fun and relatable.
  • Also remember that editing for typos and small errors helps show that you care and are trying to make the best first impression.

Questions?
If you have questions about the program or the application, please contact Katrin Schumann: kschumann@kwls.org / 305-293-9291

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

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

1. SCHOLARSHIP REQUEST LETTER: 

In no more than 750 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.


2. 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. You may apply for up to two workshops, indicating a first choice and second choice.
*Please note: for mixed level workshops (which usually do not require an advanced submission), please upload a writing sample of up to five pages that best reflects your work.


3. 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 12, 2019. 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 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 25 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: “Title_of_Novel.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. Application deadline is June 28 and your letter of recommendation must be received no later than July 5, 2019.

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

EMERGING WRITER AWARD DEADLINE:
Applications must be received by June 28, 2019 (not later than 11:59 pm EDT). Letters of recommendation must be received by July 5, 2019. 


Due to an increased volume of applications and our thorough review process, we are implementing a $12 application fee to cover review costs. Award winners will be notified by September.
 

ELIGIBILITY:
Writers of any age who live in the United States and have not yet published a book with a major publisher are eligible to apply. If you are the author of a book that is self-published, published with an independent press, or had a print run of 500 or fewer copies, you may or may not be eligible. If you think your eligibility could be called into question, please provide relevant details about prior publications as part of your cover letter. We reserve the right to make all final decisions regarding eligibility.

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 20 pages or fewer (12-point font, double-spaced).
File name should adhere to the following model: “Title_of_Short_Story.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. Application deadline is June 28 and your letter of recommendation must be received no later than July 5, 2019.
 

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 must be received by June 28, 2019 (not later than 11:59 pm EDT). Letters of recommendation must be received by July 5, 2019


Due to an increased volume of applications and our thorough review process, we are implementing a $12 application fee to cover review costs. Award winners will be notified by November 1.
 

ELIGIBILITY:
Writers of any age who live in the United States and have not yet published a book with a major publisher are eligible to apply. If you are the author of a book that is self-published, published with an independent press, or had a print run of 500 or fewer copies, you may or may not be eligible. If you think your eligibility could be called into question, please provide relevant details about prior publications as part of your cover letter. We reserve the right to make all final decisions regarding eligibility.

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 submit 5 - 7 poems within one document. File name should adhere to the following model: “Title_of_First_Poem.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. Application deadline is June 28 and your letter of recommendation must be received no later than July 5, 2019.


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 must be received by June 28, 2019 (not later than 11:59 pm EDT). Letters of recommendation must be received by July 5, 2019


Due to an increased volume of applications and our thorough review process, we are implementing a $12 application fee to cover review costs. Award winners will be notified by November 1.

ELIGIBILTY:
Writers of any age who live in the United States and have not yet published a book with a major publisher are eligible to apply. If you are the author of a book that is self-published, published with an independent press, or had a print run of 500 or fewer copies, you may or may not be eligible. If you think your eligibility could be called into question, please provide relevant details about prior publications as part of your cover letter. We reserve the right to make all final decisions regarding eligibility.

January 13-17, 2020


For workshop description and instructor bio, please visit our website.

Please note: If you are seeking financial aid for this workshop, submit your application materials here (not via this form).


REQUIREMENTS

This is a mixed levels workshop — it is open to writers of all levels, and requires no advance writing submission in the application. 

• To be considered for the program, please upload a cover letter (500 words or fewer) that states your interest in this workshop and gives an overview of your writing background and prior workshop experience, if any. 

•  The cost is $600. If you are selected to participate in the workshop, a $200 deposit will be due within seven days of acceptance.

•  Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the class is full. We will continue to accept applications after the class fills up, in the event of cancellations.

January 13-17, 2020

For workshop description and instructor bio, please visit our website.

Please note: If you are seeking financial aid for this workshop, submit your application materials here (not via this form).


REQUIREMENTS

This is a mixed levels class — it is open to writers and readers of all levels, and requires no advance writing submission in the application. Note that this is not a traditional writers’ workshop where student work will be the focus, but a readers’ workshop where the texts under discussion are by various published authors.


•  To be considered for the program, please upload a cover letter (500 words or fewer) that states your interest in this workshop and gives an overview of your writing background and prior workshop experience, if any. 


•  The cost is $600. If you are selected to participate in the workshop, a $200 deposit will be due within seven days of acceptance.

January 13-17, 2020


For workshop description and instructor bio, please visit our website.

Please note: If you are seeking financial aid for this workshop, submit your application materials here (not via this form).


REQUIREMENTS
This is a mixed levels workshop — it is open to writers of all levels, and requires no advance writing submission in the application. 


•  To be considered, please upload a cover letter (500 words or fewer) that states your interest in this workshop and gives an overview of your writing background and prior workshop experience, if any. 


•  The cost is $600. If you are selected to participate in the workshop, a $200 deposit will be due within seven days of acceptance.

January 13-17, 2020


For workshop description and instructor bio, please visit our website.

Please note: If you are seeking financial aid for this workshop, submit your application materials here (not via this form).


REQUIREMENTS
This is a mixed levels workshop — it is open to writers of all levels, and requires no advance writing submission in the application. 


•  To be considered, please upload a cover letter (500 words or fewer) that states your interest in this workshop and gives an overview of your writing background and prior workshop experience, if any. 


•  The cost is $600. If you are selected to participate in the workshop, a $200 deposit will be due within seven days of acceptance.

January 13-17, 2020


For workshop description and instructor bio, please visit our website.

Please note: If you are seeking financial aid for this workshop, submit your application materials here (not via this form).


REQUIREMENTS
This is a mixed levels workshop — it is open to writers of all levels, and requires no advance writing submission in the application. 


•  To be considered, please upload a cover letter (500 words or fewer) that states your interest in this workshop and gives an overview of your writing background and prior workshop experience, if any. 


•  The cost is $600. If you are selected to participate in the workshop, a $200 deposit will be due within seven days of acceptance.

January 13-17, 2020


For workshop description and instructor bio, please visit our website.

Please note: If you are seeking financial aid for this workshop, submit your application materials here (not via this form).


REQUIREMENTS
This is an advanced fiction and nonfiction workshop.


•  Please upload a writing sample of up to ten double-spaced pages of fiction or nonfiction. Prepare your submission as a .pdf or .doc file. 


•  Please upload a cover letter (500 words or fewer) that states your interest in this workshop and gives an overview of your writing background and prior workshop experience, if any.


•  The cost is $600. If you are selected to participate in the workshop, a $200 deposit will be due within seven days of acceptance. 

January 13-17, 2020

For workshop description and instructor bio, please visit our website.

Please note: If you are seeking financial aid for this workshop, submit your application materials here (not via this form).


REQUIREMENTS
This is an advanced writing workshop for fiction writers.


•  Please upload a writing sample of up to ten pages. Please prepare your submission as a .pdf or .doc file. 


•  Please upload a cover letter (500 words or fewer) that states your interest in this workshop and gives an overview of your writing background and prior workshop experience, if any.


•  The cost is $600. If you are selected to participate in the workshop, a $200 deposit will be due within seven days of acceptance. 

January 13-17, 2020


For workshop description and instructor bio, please visit our website.

Please note: If you are seeking financial aid for this workshop, submit your application materials here (not via this form).


REQUIREMENTS
This is an advanced poetry workshop.


•  Please upload a writing sample of three to five poems. Please prepare your submission as a .pdf or .doc file. 


•  Please upload a cover letter (500 words or fewer) that states your interest in this workshop and gives an overview of your writing background and prior workshop experience, if any.


•  The cost is $600. If you are selected to participate in the workshop, a $200 deposit will be due within seven days of acceptance. 

January 13-17, 2020


For workshop description and instructor bio, please visit our website.

Please note: If you are seeking financial aid for this workshop, submit your application materials here (not via this form).


REQUIREMENTS
This is an advanced workshop.

  • 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.” 
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