About the Scholarship

Helen McCloy Mystery Writers of America Scholarship is organized by the Mystery Writers of America, Inc. which was founded back in 1945. The establishment of the organization began with a goal of supporting and ensuring the attentiveness and well-being of the mystery journalists and to help the admiration and literature education given prosper. The Helen McCloy/MWA Scholarship for Mystery Writing tries to support in riddle composing—in fiction, nonfiction, playwriting, and screenwriting.


How to Apply?

  • The applicant of this scholarship must complete their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) application.

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

  • The 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 non-fiction 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.


Scholarship Amount

  • This scholarship provides two non-renewable monetary rewards of $500 every year.

  • 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.


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