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2020 Patricia Bibby Memorial Scholarship Available for Writers

The 2020 Patricia Bibby Memorial Scholarship Guidelines 

Tebot Bach is soliciting applications for the 2020 Patricia Bibby Memorial Scholarship, with an email (see below for email address) deadline on or before April 15, 2020. The winner will be announced on or before May 15, 2020.

2020 Scholarship Information: The 2020 recipient will receive a full scholarship to attend the Writing, Poetry & Writers Week at Idyllwild Arts, from July 6-10, 2020. Idyllwild Arts’ 205-acre campus is located in the beautiful mountain community of Idyllwild, California, nestled near the top of the San Jacinto Mountains. The recipient will attend a five-day immersive poetry workshop—led by either poet Diane Seuss or poet Victoria Change. (The scholarship recipient will have a choice of which poetry workshop to attend.) The faculty also includes poet Ed Skoog, and will also feature lectures and/or evening readings by guest poets Carl Phillips and Tommy “Teebs” Pico, among other writers. The poetry program will also include participant readings and a farewell reception. The scholarship covers the cost of the poetry workshop (currently $775), lodging, and reimbursement of up to $250 in travel expenses. Information regarding the Writers, Poetry & Writers Week conference and the workshop poets may be found at: https://www.idyllwildarts.org/summer/adultarts/writersweek/

Application Information: The competition is open to all English-language poets residing in the United States who have not previously published a full-length book or chapbook. Financial need is not required, but will be a factor in the selection. Applicants must submit: (1) a brief biography (250–500 words); (2) a letter stating the applicant’s objective in attending the workshop and his or her financial need, if any; and (3) a sample of 10 poems. Any submissions that are incomplete or otherwise do not comply with these requirements will not be considered.

Applicants must email all required documents on or before April 15, 2020 to: stevendesalvo1@gmail.com

Each application will be reviewed and judged, on a blind basis, by poet Gail Wronsky, Ph.D., professor of English at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. Any current or former students of Ms. Wronsky, and any current or former board members or officers of Tebot Bach, are not eligible to apply. The winner of the scholarship will be notified by May 15, 2020. 

Background: The Patricia Bibby Memorial Scholarship was created in 2006 in memory of Patricia Bibby, a newer poet in Southern California whose work showed great promise but who died in 2004 before her full potential was realized. The scholarship is awarded through an endowed scholarship fund, currently managed by Tebot Bach.

About Tebot Bach: Tebot Bach is a non-profit organization whose mission is to support and broaden the audience for poetry. As a literary arts education non-profit that gives local, national, and international poets a venue for publishing and distribution, and as a sponsor of workshops and readings, Tebot Bach works for the benefit of poets and poetry.

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