George R.R. Martin has funded a new “Sense of Wonder scholarship” to the Clarion Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers Workshop at UCSD. It will be a full scholarship, given annually, covering tuition, fees, and lodging for a single student for the six-week workshop.
Martin says, “The award will not be limited by age, race, sex, religion, skin color, place of origin, or field of study. The only criteria will be literary.”
It’s my hope that this new Clarion scholarship will help find and encourage young aspiring writers who dream the same sort of dreams, that it will give a small boost up to the next Roger Zelazny, the next Ursula Le Guin, the next Jack Vance.
The scholarship’s first recipient is Lucy Smith, “an English writer and recent student of archaeology who has been making stories for most of her life. She has just begun tweeting at @subterranape, and can usually be found in London.”
Which isn't bad material for one's first tweet, I think. I've known since mid-March but decided this was a fine excuse to give Twitter a go.
— Lucy C (@subterranape) April 5, 2017