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Kemosa Scholarship

Now Open for Submissions

The submission deadline for this opportunity has passed.

The Writers’ Guild of Alberta is happy to announce the launch of the second annual Kemosa Scholarship for First Nations, Métis, and Inuit mothers who write!

This year, author Jeananne Kirwin and the Rotary Club of Spruce Grove have enthusiastically joined in the effort to help give voice to Indigenous mothers. Together, we share the vision of effecting positive changes in our community through stories.

Because of the generosity of our sponsors, we will award three scholarships this year:

  • First Place: $3,000
  • Second Place: $1,000
  • Third Place: $500

We are so happy to have Tlicho Dene author Richard Van Camp and Dr. Jenny Kay Dupuis, a proud member of the Nipissing First Nation be our judges.

Submission Guidelines

If you are an emerging First Nations, Métis or Inuit writer and mother living in Alberta and are interested in applying for the Kemosa Scholarship, please send the following by email to

  • A sample of your writing (no more than 15 pages)—either prose, poetry, nonfiction, fiction and/or illustrated literature, e.g. graphic novel, comic, etc.
  • A cover letter describing why the scholarship is important for you.
  • Previous entrants may resubmit, as long as you have not won a scholarship within 24 months.
  • The deadline for scholarship submission is December 15, 2018. Winners will be announced by mid-January, 2019.

Image - The Writers’ Guild of Alberta is happy to announce the launch of the 2nd Annual Kemosa Scholarship for First Nations, Metis and Inuit Mothers Who Write