Scholarship Contest for SBWC 2017

April 21, 2017
Santa Barbara Writers Conference June 18-23, 2017 

Dear Writers,

Enter to win a scholarship to the 45th Annual Santa Barbara Writers Conference.

No entry fee.

You may share this opportunity with others.

There are three categories to this contest. You may enter one, two or all three.

You are welcome to enter each category, once, but please only one entry per email. 


  1. Opening sentence: Limit 50 words
  2. Prose: This can be a short essay, a short story, or the opening to your novel or nonfiction project. Limit 500 words
  3. Poem: Limit 50 lines

The judging team will look for writing excellence appropriate to each category.

The judges are award-winning, published authors who are associated with SBWC.

We do not announce the names of the judges.

To enter:

  • Email all entries to
  • Put the category of your entry in the subject line.
  • This must be your original work, published or not.
  • Paste your writing entry and contact information into the body of the email. No attachments, please.

Contact information should include:

  • Name
  • Phone number where you can be reached if you are a winner
  • Email address
  • Mailing address

There will be a full tuition day scholarship to the 2017 Santa Barbara Writers Conference awarded ($650 value) for each category.

  1. Scholarship recipients must be able to attend the conference this year
  2. If not, the full scholarship will be awarded to the runner up
  3. No entry fee
  4. Contest opens:  NOW April 21, 2017
  5. Submission period closes MIDNIGHT, Friday, April 28
  6. Submission period is one week only

Winners will be announced Monday May 1, 2017.

SBWC reconvenes at the charming, seaside Santa Barbara Hyatt, June 18-23. For reservations  use the reservation link below. Reserve your room soon as we are nearly sold out of our special rate block. Santa Barbara Hyatt. $209 (single occupancy) per night SBWC Register here.

$650 -- full 6-day conference $100 -- deposit with balance due May 15 $40 each -- agent appointments with advance ms. submission* *If you wish to have appointments with agents,  you must be registered for the conference.

Please email for group rates and special prices for registered high school and college students.

I hope to see you June 18-23, 2017.

Write On! Grace Rachow SBWC Director