2023 WFWA Scholarships

The Women’s Fiction Writers Association (WFWA) has developed a scholarship program to help the organization achieve its mission.

We believe that women’s fiction heightens human connection, engenders empathy, and illuminates new perspectives. By consciously supporting all voices and providing tools and resources to rigorously develop craft, the Women’s Fiction Writers Association fosters successful careers, meaningful relationships, and the creation of resonant, diverse stories.

Scholarship Categories

Auction proceeds will provide scholarships in two categories:

  • WFWA members with financial need. These scholarships are intended for those who would not be able to participate without them.
  • WFWA members who identify as BIPOC, LGBTQ+, and those with a disability who have been underrepresented in the publishing industry.

Types of Scholarships

  • 2023 Conference Scholarships: Two scholarship in each category listed above are available for each WFWA retreat and conference. In 2023, each retreat scholarship winner will be granted a maximum award of $1,900. This amount will be used to reimburse scholarship winners for registration fees, hotel, and qualifying travel expenses. Application window closed on March 24, 2023.
  • Workshop Scholarships: WFWA recognizes that not everyone can take time away from work or family to attend an in-person retreat. Therefore, the organization will offer one scholarship per category for each WFWA online workshop.
  • Technology Scholarships: WFWA offers technology scholarships for writing-related hardware, software, furniture, or fixtures for the categories listed above. Scholarship awardees will be reimbursed up to $300 total for the expense of one or more items that meet this category. The number of scholarships awarded per year is based on funding availability. "Technology" includes any hardware, software, furniture, or fixtures that can reasonably be expected to be helpful with writing, publishing, or marketing women's fiction.


Scholarships are only open to current WFWA members in good standing.

Members may only be awarded one WFWA scholarship in any calendar year.

Please note that WFWA Directors, Trustees, Officers, Senior Managers or their family members, and members of the Selection Committee or their family members are not eligible for the scholarship.

Application Process

Applicants will use the links below to apply for scholarships. Applicants will be asked to submit a one-page essay that outlines their goals as a writer, where they are in their writing career, and explains how the scholarship will be beneficial to them.

Entries will be judged anonymously.

The 2023 WFWA Conference Scholarship Application is closed

Click here for the Workshop Scholarship Application
Click here for the Technology Scholarship Application

WFWA scholarships are funded through our annual auction

For more information about the auction, click here.