Kate Herzog Scholarship

Named after one of the co-founders of Willamette Writers, the Kate Herzog Scholarship for high school seniors, college freshman and sophomores, ranges from financial amounts of $100 – $250. Winners are awarded one free day of attendance at the Willamette Writers Conference.

Winners of the 2015 Herzog Writing Scholarships are:

1st place, Emily Alice Brockman, Seward, AK, for her nonfiction piece, Auntie Mock
2nd place, Addison Rizer, Phoenix, AZ, for her story, Supernova
3rd place, Claudia Owusu, Columbua Ohio, for her poem Sophie Street
4th place, Hannah Rea, Lawrenceburg, Indiana, for her nonfiction piece, My Dearest London

Honorable Mention:

Logan Shutt, A Swollen Heart
Anastasia Arvin-DiBlasio, The Overpass


To apply for a 2016 scholarship (opening for submissions in Winter 2015) you will need:

1. A cover letter that includes a paragraph about the student’s goals as a writer.

2. Original, unpublished writing sample of less than 1000 words, typed, double-spaced. The sample should be titled, but should not include any information about the author. Writing published in school publications is eligible. Any topic. Fiction and poetry also accepted.

3. Letter of recommendation from an instructor in the current academic year.

In previous years, student entries have ranged about one third fiction, one third essays, one third memoirs, and some poetry. Letters of recommendation have generally run one to two short paragraphs. Long letters are not necessary.

Dates to Remember:

  • Application Deadline April 27th, 2016 (post mark deadline; must be in the mail by the 27th)
  • Finalists Will Be Announced June 30, 2016
  • Scholarships Will Be Awarded August 6th, 2016

Finalists will be responsible for their own travel and accommodation expenses if they attend the conference.

For further information, please contact our Writing Awards and Contests Director, Blythe Ayne, at awards[at]willamettewriters[dot]com or Office Manager Bill Johnson at office[at]willamettewriters[dot]com or 503-305-6729.