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 TechTeam.

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.  (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 required 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 applications how they plan to deal with those costs.

When should I apply?

We’ll be accepting scholarship applications from November 15, 2015 to January 15, 2016. Applications received during this time will be considered for the 2016 Pikes Peak Writers Conference only, which will take place Friday, April 15 to Sunday, April 17, 2016.

How do I apply for a scholarship?

Use our online scholarship application form, which can be found here. On the application form, we will ask for your contact information, as well as an application letter and writing sample. The application letter should describe your writing aspirations, experience, and financial need. The writing sample should be a selection representative of your best writing. While a fiction sample is not necessary, please be advised this is a fiction-focused writing conference.

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 check your spam folders. If you still can’t find the acknowledgement, contact All applicants will be contacted as to the final status of their request no later than February 15, 2016.

Need help?

Email with any questions you may have.

PPWC At a Glance

When: April 15-17, 2016

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

Registration is now closed for 2016

Back By Popular Demand! Due to the positive feedback, we are continuing the payment plan option for the 2016 PPWC.

Thursday Programming: Pikes Peak Writers is pleased to bring back our overwhelmingly popular Thursday Prequel on Thursday, April 14, 2016.

Faculty (Editors, Agents, Authors, Etc.): Stay tuned for more information about our faculty as it develops.

Payment/Registration Methods: All registrations for Pikes Peak Writers Conference must be done through our partner, RegOnline. You can use any form of payment RegOnline’s secured web site will accept. Registration via postal mail, email, fax, or non-RegOnline methods will not be accepted. Payment methods that are not accepted via RegOnline may not be used.

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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