John V. Hicks Scholarship

The John V. Hicks Scholarship provides one recipient with $300 for the Saskatchewan Writers’ Guild’s Winter Writers/Artists Retreat. The scholarship is intended for a mid-career writer working on poetry for a minimum two-week stay at the Winter Retreat.

This scholarship is funded through the generous donation to the Saskatchewan Writers’ Guild by John V. Hicks. The SWG has sole discretion on the amount of scholarship and recipient of the scholarship; however, the scholarship must be annually awarded for creative writing of poetry.

The Saskatchewan Writers’ Guild administers the adjudication of the scholarship. If there is no one eligible for the award, the SWG may direct that the scholarship be awarded accordingly to another recipient that meets the criteria or it may be awarded at the summer retreat.


Award Amount

The John V. Hicks Scholarship will provide $300 for the winter or summer SK Writers/Artists Retreats.



For the purpose of this scholarship, a mid-career writer will be considered as a practicing writer who is in the middle stage of their career and has published one or more books or the equivalent.

Recipients must be working on a poetry project at the Winter Retreat, and have been accepted for a minimum of a two-week stay.

Recipients must have resided in Saskatchewan for one year prior to the beginning of the retreat.

Previous recipients of the Scholarship, members of the adjudication committee, current employees, or Board of the SWG are not eligible to be considered for this award.

An application process is required.


Criteria and Application Process

Applicants will submit a 1-2 page letter, outlining their response to the following criteria:

  1. Writing experience, including:
    1. How long you have been writing
    2. Any professional development you have undertaken to date (which could include workshops, classes or degrees, immersive experiences like Sage Hill or Banff Centre, writing group membership, working with a mentor, editor or Writer-in-Residence, attending literary learning opportunities, etc.)
    3. Any publications, including the publications’ name and genre.
  2. Being able to articulate clearly and persuasively the benefit of attending the Retreat on Scholarship
  3. How or whether receiving this scholarship reduces any barriers they may face in attending the Retreat for two weeks This could include, but is not limited to, financial need.

Please submit this letter of application at the same time you are applying to the retreat.
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