About the Scholarship

Mystery Writers of America certify Helen McCloy Mystery Writers of America Scholarship. Mystery Writers of America, Inc was built up in 1945, the establishment was begun with a motivation behind advancing and ensuring the interest and welfare of mystery journalists and to build the esteem and literary acknowledgment given to the class. The Helen McCloy/MWA Scholarship for Mystery Writing tries to support in riddle composing—in fiction, nonfiction, playwriting, and screenwriting.


What are the basic requirements needed to apply for this scholarship?

  • The students applying for this scholarship must have been completed their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) application to receive this award.

  • Applicant must submit with one copy of a 300- to 500-word essay explaining the applicant’s interest in mystery writing.

  • Applicant must provide one copy of a sample of mystery writing for judging: either a synopsis and 3 chapters from a novel, or 3 short stories, or 3 short nonfiction pieces, or 1 screenplay or 1 play script.

  • Official descriptions must be provided regarding the writing class/workshop/program from the college catalog, workshop brochure, or other.


Helen McCloy Mystery Writers of America Scholarship award amounts to

  • This scholarship provides $500 each year which is non-renewable.

  • The scholarship shall be used to offset tuition and fees for writing workshops, writing seminars, or university/college-level writing programs.

  • Scholarships are issued in late Spring and are made out jointly to scholarship winners and their chosen educational institutions.

  • The total number of awards offered by this scholarship is limited to 2 candidates each year.


Deadline information

The applications are to be submitted by the end of February 28, 2020. Students are informed to submit their scholarship application and other requirements are to be submitted before the due date. Applications and other information are available online on the Mystery Writers of America website.


Eligibility Criteria

  • The applicant must be a U.S. citizen and permanent resident.

  • Applicants with very good writing skills.
  • The applicant should not have any compensation for novels, short stories, non-fiction, screenplays or play scripts in the crime-writing genre.