In collaboration with Slice Literary, the MWPA offers as many as three full scholarships—in fiction, nonfiction, and poetryto MWPA members to attend the 2019 Slice Literary Writers’ Conference in downtown Brooklyn, New York on September 7 -8, 2019.

The conference’s panels and workshops will cover topics from the craft of writing (plotting, dialogue, characterization, poetry, and more) to the business of writing (pitch letters, landing a book deal, and beyond). Top editors, agents, and authors will discuss crucial steps to help launch a writer’s career.

All three scholarships include:

• Fees for both days of the 2019 Slice Literary Writers’ Conference
• The option for a one-on-one editor/agent meeting, the “Quick Pitch.”
• A $250 cash honorarium
• The scholarship (valued at roughly $800) does not include travel and lodging.


  • The scholarships are open to all current MWPA members.
  • There is no application fee.
  • The scholarships will be awarded based on a mix of a writing sample, demonstrated dedication to writing, and financial need.
  • Depending on the number and quality of submission, the MWPA may not award all three scholarships
  • Notification of scholarship awards will be announced by August.
  • Apply for the Scholarship HERE.


  • The scholarship application deadline is July 1, 2019 (midnight).


Please read carefully. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

  • Your submission will consist of a brief application form, a statement of intent/need (up to 500-words), and a work sample.
  • No email or mail submissions will be accepted.
  • Submissions must be made via Submittable.
  • Receipt of applications will be confirmed via email.
  • Winners will be notified as quickly as possible after the deadline; please allow at least two weeks before querying about the progress of the jurying.
  • Please refrain from repeated inquiries as to when winners will be notified.



Each year, Slice Literary convenes some of the country’s top editors, agents, and authors for a Brooklyn weekend of panels and talks about the writing life. Read more about the annual conference HERE. Slice Literary is the publisher of SLICE magazine. Read more about the biannual journal of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, interviews, and more HERE.


  • Quick Pitch: This level is for writers who feel ready to pitch their project to prospective agents. It’s a chance to discuss your book’s overall premise and receive feedback on your query letter and synopsis. Also use this opportunity to ask questions about things you’ve struggled with as you prepare your project for publication. Agents will read your query letter and synopsis in advance and offer feedback during your session. If you have not yet written a query letter, a brief summary of the project will suffice. You may be asked to send your full manuscript after the session if the agent feels it could be a good match for their list. Please do not be discouraged if you are not asked to submit the full manuscript. While the project may not be right for the particular agent with whom you are meeting, they will still be able to offer valuable advice based on their industry experience.
  • Read more about the meetings.
  • See a list of participating agents and editors.


All scholarship winners are required to submit a one-page report within two weeks of the workshop. The report should describe how the scholar benefited from the experience, and particularly how it helped to advance the scholar’s writing, career or literary aspirations. Excerpts from these reports may be used by the Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance publicizing the scholarships.


Questions about the scholarships may be directed to MWPA executive director Joshua Bodwell at or 207-228-8264.

These scholarships are made possible thanks to MWPA’s collaboration with SLICE and  funding from the Kirby Family Foundation.