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Dorothy Cannell Scholarship 2019
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Entries are Open October 15-December 31, 2018

The Dorothy Cannell Scholarship offers $1,000 annually to enable one member of the Sisters in Crime Guppies chapter to attend Malice Domestic.

Being a writer often means stealing time from your family, your friends, and your day job to spend all those hours at your writing desk. As a result, many authors, both unpublished and published, don’t give themselves permission to attend mystery conferences. But these gatherings can enrich your writing, your writing career, and your life. As the saying goes, “You write alone, but you have a writing career in a network.”

For author Dorothy Cannell, as for so many others, meeting mystery readers and writers at the annual Malice Domestic Conference in Bethesda, Maryland had a lasting impact on her writing and her life. This scholarship, named for Dorothy and supported by an anonymous benefactor in honor of one of the most enduring author/agent partnerships in mystery publishing, is intended to offer another writer the same transformative opportunity.

Deadline: The entry period for the 2019 scholarship is October 15 – December 31, 2018.

Eligibility: All members of the Sisters in Crime Guppies chapter, both published and unpublished, may submit an entry for the scholarship. Named for the Great UnPublished, the thriving Guppie online community includes hundreds of published and unpublished members. For more information about the Guppies,  go to

Scholarship: The scholarship is for $1,000.00 to subsidize the costs of attending Malice Domestic. In 2019, the conference will be held on May 3-May 5, at the Bethesda North Marriott & Conference Center. For information on Malice Domestic, go to

How to apply: Guppie members should send a statement via e-mail of no more than 200 words about how attendance at Malice Domestic will support their writing goals. Address the entry to Sisters in Crime at The subject line must be “Dorothy Cannell Scholarship.”

Notifications: Entrants will receive acknowledgment of receipt of their statements via email. The winner will be chosen from all eligible entries during the first two weeks of January. The winner will be notified and announced soon after.

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