Last Scholarship Opportunity for 2015 SBWC: Enter our annual BEST OPENING contest!

Dear Writers, Enter to win a scholarship to the 43rd Annual Santa Barbara Writers Conference! 

Send us your BEST OPENING, up to 50 words — a beginning most likely to compel a reader to turn the page. We will award one full tuition scholarship and two partial scholarships to the authors of the best openings. 

Here's how to enter:

  • Email all entries to:
  • Please include contact information: name, phone number, email address, & mailing address
  • Paste your entry and contact information into the body of the email
  • Word Count: Up to 50
  • All genres welcome
  • This must be your original work, published or unpublished
  • One winner will receive a full tuition scholarship, and two honorable mentions will receive partial scholarships to the 43rd Annual Santa Barbara Writers Conference, June 7 to 12, 2015**
  • No entry fee
  • Open: Today!
  • Deadline: Tuesday, May 26, at 3 PM (PST)
  • Winner Announced: Wednesday, May 27

Please share this opportunity with writers you know.

Write On! SBWC Team

“I think your opening is enormously important. You’ve got to write a first line that will haunt you. It’s got to be magic.” – Dorothy Allison, author of Bastard Out of Carolina, and keynote speaker at SBWC 2012

**In the event that any of the winners cannot attend the 2015 SBWC, June 7 to 12, the scholarship and award will go to the contestant next in line.