SBWC Writing Contest Winners Announced

SBWC 2016: June 5-10, Hyatt Santa Barbara Dear Writers,Thank you to those of you who entered our Annual Writing Contest. 

After reviewing more than 250 entries from all over the United States, we’d like to congratulate our 3 winners and 2 runners-up.

The following individuals won a full or partial tuition scholarship to this year's conference, June 5-10. You can read their winning entries on our SBWC blog in a few days.

Winners: Full Scholarships to SBWC 2016

Melanie Howard Wanda Maureen Miller Sharon Brown 

Honorable Mentions: Partial Scholarships to SBWC 2016

Sophie Berti Anita Perez Ferguson

We appreciate every writer who took a chance and submitted their writing to be considered. We know that is a small act of bravery.

There were many excellent entries, but the above writers were the ones who this time around rose to the top.

Congratulations, all.

10-minute Pitch Sessions with Agents and Editors

One perk of this year's conference is the 10-minute pitch sessions. Many writers who didn't have a polished five pages to send into agents for Advanced Submission can still get a chance to meet with an agent or editor to pitch their book or project.

Registered attendees can sign up to meet with as many agents/editors as desired depending on availability. Don't wait too long since spots are filling up fast.

Sign up here for only $25 once you are registered for the full conference. Check out the agents' bios here.

The 44th Annual Santa Barbara Writers Conference will be kicking off in almost two weeks and we are looking forward to another wonderful year.

If you haven't yet registered, visit our website:

Our 44th Year!


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"The best in the nation." — James A. Michener

"An important and wonderful week." — Elmore Leonard

"SBWC offers aspiring talents opportunities to have their work seen by professionals who can help them reach publication." — Los Angeles Times

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