The Leon B. Burstein/MWA-NY Scholarship for Mystery Writing
The purpose of the scholarship is to inspire aspiring mystery writers by offering financial support to writers who want to take a specific class, attend a conference, or do specific research as demonstrably necessary to a mystery work they are creating. It was named for Leon B. Burstein, an avid mystery fan, that more work in his favorite genre might be created.
Applicants will submit information and a writing sample, as detailed in the application process found by clicking the link at the bottom of this page.
The information required includes identifying information necessary to confirm eligibility and a brief personal statement including a rationale as to how the scholarship will help the applicant to achieve his/her writing goals. The applicant must identify how the funds will be used and an estimated budget (i.e., the specific class, conference, or other research activity, including travel). Activities or events occurring prior to the announcement of the award will not be eligible for consideration.
The writing sample should be an excerpt from a work-in-progress. It may be fiction or nonfiction, book, short story, play or screenplay, adult, YA, or juvenile, but must be related to mystery writing. The writing sample must not exceed 5,000 words.
Complete applications must be received by MWA-NY on or before October 9, 2019. Awards will be announced on or about November 6, 2019.
The application consists of a cover email with a single attachment in PDF format.
THE COVER EMAIL
Address an email to firstname.lastname@example.org which includes all the following information:
Name of applicant
Applicant’s email address
Applicant’s phone number
Applicant’s street address
Whether applicant is a member of MWA, and if so, applicant’s status (Active/Associate/Affiliate)
For any applicant who is not a member of MWA, whether applicant is interested in joining MWA Whether applicant’s work has been published, and if so, the three most recent publications
Attach to the email a single document in PDF format. The document name should be identical to the applicant’s name. However, the content of the PDF document must contain NO information identifying the applicant (e.g. no name, phone number, address, etc.). To maintain a blind judging process, the scholarship administrator will assign each applicant a number and submit a copy of the corresponding PDF, renamed by number only, to the panel of judges.
The PDF attachment should be typed in 12-point Courier or Times New Roman, double-spaced with one-inch margins, no headers. The sole footer, bottom center, should be consecutive page numbering for the entire PDF, 1, 2, 3…etc.
There are three parts to the PDF attachment. Commence each part on a new page.
PART I: BUDGET
Give your estimated budget for writing expenses and itemize the expenses. Examples of such expenses include registration fees for conferences, travel expenses, course work, and research materials. Important: Expenses incurred prior to the announcement of the 2019 award will not be considered.
PART 2: PERSONAL STATEMENT
In 500 words or less, please tell us how the scholarship will help you achieve your writing goals and how the funds will be used.
PART 3: WRITING SAMPLE OF 5,000 WORDS OR LESS
This should be an excerpt from a work-in-progress. It may be fiction or nonfiction, book, short story, play or screenplay, adult, YA, or juvenile, but must be related to mystery writing. Follow the William Shunn manuscript format, with the EXCEPTION that the writing sample must contain NO information identifying the applicant: https://www.shunn.net/format/story.html
Each applicant will receive by email a response from MWA-NY confirming receipt of his or her complete application. After this confirmation, the next communication the applicant will receive from MWA-NY will be on or near the date that awards are announced.