Rin Kelly Scholarship

Announcing the 2022 Rin Kelly Scholarship for Fiction

Rin Kelly

The family of Rin Kelly is offering up to three $350 scholarships to
emerging fiction writers for use in enrolling in San Francisco Writers Grotto fiction classes during the period November 1, 2022 through May 2023. In keeping with Rin’s writing style, the scholarships will be rewarded to writers in the following genres: speculative fiction, magical realism, slipstream (the New Fabulism) or satire.

Applications for the Rin Kelly Scholarship must be submitted by
September 10th, 2022. Winners will be announced on her birthday, September 30th.

Submissions must include the following: a writing sample of up to 10 pages of fiction along with a 250-word description of the applicant’s writing history, goals and enrollment in writing courses/programs. In addition, please include a list of publications. Tuition will be awarded through the San Francisco Writers Grotto. Previous winners and applicants may submit a new story for consideration.

Applications must be sent to: rinscholarshipsfwg@gmail.com. Please specify “Rin Kelly Scholarship” in the subject line.

Past Winners

The Writers Grotto is pleased to announce the winners of the inaugural Rin Kelly Scholarship, established in memory of journalist and fiction writer Rin Kelly, whose family has made possible four scholarships in her name to emerging fiction writers for use in enrolling in Writers Grotto fiction classes during the period November 1, 2021, through May 2022. 

In keeping with Rin’s writing style, the scholarships have been awarded to writers in the following genres: speculative fiction, magical realism, slipstream, or satire.

For 2021, the scholarships go to Nina Dewi Toft Djanegara, for “Illegible,” a cautionary tale of speculative fiction beautifully composed; Daniel Kuo for “Relationship Advice,” a modern look at the play of social media participation; Emily Shapiro for “The Yellow Place,” a humanistic tale of learning the self with a touch of speculative fiction; and Joe Vigil for “Four Stories,” a subtle tongue-in-cheek collection that brings a smile to your mind.

They are writers to watch, and the Grotto is excited to be able to host them in our classes. The scholarship was funded by the family and friends of the late Rin Kelly, who several of our teachers were fortunate to have in their classes. We’re honored to be able to help remember her in this way.

For more information, please contact rinscholarshipsfwg@gmail.com

The scholarship is funded in part by the family of Rin’s long-time partner, the late Tony Bar. Donations to the Writers Grotto in Rin’s name will be used in part to support the scholarship. Please specify “In memory of Rin Kelly” when making a donation.

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