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Mary Belle Campbell Scholarships Available to Poets Who Teach

*Scholarship application period opens on Friday, August 25.*

Since 2011 the North Carolina Writers’ Network has offered Mary Belle Campbell Scholarships to allow poets who teach to attend the annual Fall Conference, the Network’s signature event.

These scholarships honor the memory of the late Mary Belle Campbell and the legacy of her many contributions to North Carolina writing and writers.

The Campbell Scholarships will further the craft and careers of at least two poets who teach full-time. Each scholarship will cover the cost of a standard registration fee, group meals, and two nights’ lodging at the conference venue. The estimated monetary value of each scholarship is $650.

The Campbell Scholarship application process is open to those who teach full-time at the K-12 level, and who have produced a significant body of poetry. Teaching poets who live in North Carolina and adjacent states (VA, TN, GA, SC) are eligible, but special consideration is given to applicants from the area hosting the Fall Conference, as well as to Network members.

Applications should include a curriculum vita or resume, proof of employment with a public school system or accredited school, a statement of written intent describing both what the applicant hopes to accomplish as a poet and what the applicant hopes to learn at the Fall Conference, and 10-12 poems of the applicant’s own creation (published or unpublished) that demonstrate their skill with and commitment to the genre.

The Network will review applications without regard to gender, race, ethnicity, religious or political affiliation, or sexual orientation.

Scholarship recipients will be allowed to select from all poetry classes offered at that year’s Fall Conference, including the Master Class, as well as one class concerned with publishing, marketing, or another aspect of the business of writing.

Applications, as well as any questions concerning the Campbell Scholarships, should be sent to NCWN Executive Director Ed Southern at