Tosca Lee at Realm Makers 2014Thanks to the generous contribution of Tosca Lee, the keynote speaker for the 2014 Realm makers conference, we are excited to announce the first of several scholarship opportunities available to prospective Realm Makers:2015 attendees. Are you dying to come to the conference in August, but sure financial circumstances in your life will prevent you from affording registration and housing? Then this scholarship opportunity might just be your chance.

Here are the details:

Prize: One registration fee and the cost of quad-occupancy housing at Realm Makers: 2015

How to Apply:

  • Select the first 500 words of your best speculative fiction to show us you know how to start a story off with a bang that hooks your reader. The submission can be from a published or unpublished novel-length work. All submissions must be double spaced in a clean, readable font.
  • In 250 words or less, draft a letter containing the following information:
    • Why you have financial need of a scholarship
    • Where you are in your writing journey
    • Why you believe attending Realm Makers would benefit you
  • Compile the 500 word opening sample and the 250 word letter of need into a single document (Microsoft word or .rtf only)
  • Make sure your name and email address are in the header of your submission document
  • Attach the submission document to an email to
  • Write “First 500 Scholarship Submission” in the subject line of your email
  • Send your submission between the 12:00 AM January 12th and 11:59 PM February 1st

One winner will be selected by committee and notified via the Realm Makers Facebook page at noon on March 2nd, 2015. The winner will be given a single-use coupon code to enter when he or she registers for the 2015 conference. Registration is projected to open in May of 2015.

A few business items:

Realm Makers reserves the right to disqualify any entry that does not adhere to the above guidelines.

By entering the contest, you grant Realm Makers the right to mention you, by name, on all its social media and promotional outlets as the winner.

In the event the winner of the scholarship cannot attend the conference, the scholarship will be re-awarded to the runner up, who will not be named unless such a transfer needs to occur. PLEASE, as a courtesy to those who are seriously intending to attend the conference, do not apply for this scholarship if you are in doubt about your ability to travel to St. Louis in August.


Good luck! Polish up those opening pages and send us your fantastical stories.