scholarshipPikes Peak Writers Conference Scholarships

Each year, the Pikes Peak Writers organization offers a limited number of scholarships to aspiring writers who could not otherwise afford to attend the Pikes Peak Writers Conference. Since 1993, scholarships have been made possible by generous contributions from friends of PPW and participants of the Pikes Peak Writers Conference.

In addition to the scholarships detailed on this page, you can also apply for the PPWC A/V Workstudy Program.

What does a scholarship include?

Scholarships to the Pikes Peak Writers Conference consist of either a full registration fee to the conference, a half registration fee to the conference, or a full registration fee to the Thursday Prequel.  No recipient will receive a scholarship to both the conference and the Thursday Prequel.  (Please note that a half registration fee means that 50% of the cost is covered in the scholarship and the other 50% of the cost must be covered by the recipient.  A half registration does not entitle the recipient to “half of a conference”.)  Scholarship recipients are asked to volunteer onsite during the conference and contribute an article to the PPW Blog, “Writing from the Peak.”

Who can apply?

Any writer, 18 years or older, of any level of writing ability. Applicants residing outside the Colorado Springs area ARE eligible for scholarships. However, because scholarships do not cover transportation or lodging costs, out-of-area applicants should explain in their letters how they plan to deal with those costs.

When should I apply?

Applications received between January 1, 2015 and February 15, 2015 will be considered for scholarships for that year’s conference only. Submissions received outside the application period will not be considered.

How do I apply for a scholarship?

Applicants should submit an email to containing the following information:

  • Your complete contact information, including your name, street address, email and telephone number.
  • A letter summarizing your writing experience and aspirations and explaining the financial circumstances that prevent you from attending PPWC at your own expense.
  • A short (limit 500 words) sample of your writing.
  • Include in your letter the answers to these two questions:  Would you be able to utilize a half registration fee scholarship?  Would you be able to utilize a Thursday Prequel scholarship?  Your answers will not make it more or less likely that you receive a full scholarship.

Both the application letter and the writing sample should be included in the BODY of the email, NOT as attachments. Attachments will not be opened.

What happens after I send my application?

Applicants will receive an email acknowledgment of application receipt within two business days. If you do not receive an acknowledgment please contact All applicants will be contacted as to the final status of their request no later than March 12, 2015.

In addition to the scholarships detailed on this page, you can also apply for the PPWC A/V Workstudy Program.

PPWC At a Glance

Register Now!

(Registration closes Midnight, Monday, April 20th)

When: April 24-26, 2015

Where: Colorado Springs Marriott
5580 Tech Center Drive
Colorado Springs, Colorado 80919
(719) 260-1800

Back By Popular Demand! Due to the positive feedback, we are continuing the payment plan option for the 2015 PPWC.

Thursday Programming: Pikes Peak Writers is pleased to bring back our overwhelmingly popular Thursday Prequel on Thursday, April 23, 2015. New this year, Ghost Hunting in the Marriott on Thursday evening!

Faculty (Editors, Agents, Authors, Etc.): For 2015, we are pleased to present keynote authors Mary Kay Andrews (aka Kathy Hogan Trochek), Andrew Gross, Seanan McGuire (aka Mira Grant) and R.L. Stine. We also have a terrific lineup of editors and agents taking part in Query 1-on-1 meetings as well as Read & Critique sessions and workshops. Our faculty this year is bigger and better than ever, with local and national authors sharing their insights on every aspect of writing we can think of! Learn more about our fantastic faculty lineup.

Ride and Room Sharing: If you're in need of a shared ride or room, or if you have something to share, please check out our Ride and Room Sharing page.

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