Hippocampus Magazine is pleased to announce it is offering two writing conference scholarships to HippoCamp 2017, with additional funds to help the recipients get here.

Like last year, the scholarship application considers writing quality, professional goals, and financial need, with more emphasis on the latter two. The complete scholarship guidelines and application are available at our Submittable page, but we’ll also share them, below.

The scholarship application period runs through March 31, 2017.

Conference Funding Essay Theme: Lessons Learned – up to 500 words

Hippocampus Magazine’s three-fold mission is to entertain, educate, and engage readers and writers of creative nonfiction. Our annual conference fulfills all three aspects of our mission, but especially the educate part. For this writing conference funding essay contest, we’d like to hear about a writing lesson that had a profound impact on you. It can be straightforward, such as a teacher or book that inspired you, or it can be more abstract.

Along with your essay submission, aside from the basic biographical information, there are also two required open-ended responses as part of the application form; you’ll have 200 words max for each section:

1)      How would you benefit from attending a professional development conference for writers, such as HippoCamp? Please be specific, focusing in on this time in your life, at this stage in your career, about what you hope to gain, where you hope to go from here.

2)      Please explain how and why you need this scholarship; for example, from a financial perspective, how would this prize help you participate in an event that you might not otherwise get to attend?


Submit by March 31


A panel of HippoCamp 2017 committee members will read all entries, and decisions will be based on the quality of writing and financial need.


  • –Grand Prize Award (2): Complimentary full conference registration to HippoCamp 2017 ($419 value) and the pre-conference workshop for your choice ($50 value); plus, a $150 travel stipend. Total value of award: $619.
  • –Two runner-ups will receive a partial scholarship ($200) toward the conference registration.
  • –The winning essay, as well as runner-ups, may appear as a Writing Life column in a future issue of Hippocampus Magazine.

Rules and Eligibility:

  • The grand prize (aka conference scholarship) is for conference registration, workshop registration, and a $150 travel stipend only, and it does not include actual hotel accommodations; please take that into consideration before you enter, as we want to be sure the winner is able to attend; hotel and travel information is located on the conference website under “Location & Lodging.”
  • Winner must accept prize by April 30, 2017, otherwise it will be forfeited and may be offered to the first runner-up.
  • Attendees who already have registered for the conference may still enter the essay contest; if someone already registered should win the grand prize or runner-up prize, their conference registration will be refunded (minus the EventBrite or credit card processing fee, for which our organization has already paid.)
  • Hippocampus Magazine and HippoCamp staff and volunteers, their relatives, spouses, children/other dependents, and current mentees/students, are not eligible to win.
  • Note that travel stipend will be issued prior to the conference on the honor system; if for some reason recipient does not/cannot attend; it will be expected that the award is returned.

TIP: We highly recommend working on the conference scholarship application in a Word document before you begin filling out the Submittable form so you can spend time on the essay and questions and save your work, rather than work directly in Submittable. Then, you can return to the form and paste in your answers. This also is a great way to ensure your responses are the right word count.

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  1. Patricia Blakesslee says: April 1, 2017 at 2:40 pm

    This is incredibly exciting! Thank you for this opportunity. When will the winners be chosen?

  2. admin says: April 6, 2017 at 3:45 pm

    Patricia, we will notify all applicants by the end of April. Thank you!