Becky Mabry Scholarship


Congratulations Tracie Renee

Tracie Renee is the 2024 Becky Mabry GO FOR IT Scholarship winner! She enjoys our all-inclusive, 10-week intensive + overnight in-person retreat to take Tracie her middle grade novel in verse, SUMMER VS. ROBBIE RINALDI to the next level. Celebrate with Tracie on April 29th: Join Zoom WELCOME CELEBRATION.


Becky was a skilled writer who came within a hair's breadth of publishing her middle grade novel. This scholarship will be given to an applicant who feels that their manuscript or dummy is within a hair’s breadth of publication and needs an extra something to get it over that last hurdle. Louann Brown’s illustration honors not only Becky Mabry in appearance, but reflects her middle-grade manuscript, ‘Answer the Bell, ‘sett at the transitional time from horse-drawn to automotive vehicles. One of the main characters, a fire chief, was based on her husband.


This scholarship will cover full attendance fee of $645 to the Words in the Woods intensive + retreat and is open to Illinois Premium Members who have not yet published a work of fiction with a mainstream publisher.

  • Applications will be reviewed, and scholarship awarded by the Words in the Words Scholarship Committee by April 1.
  • Complete application must be submitted by 29 March 2024.

QUESTIONS?: Email Louann Brown


  1. Contact information: Name | Email| Mailing address| Phone | Membership expiration date
  2. Your scholarship essay: In 250 words, or less, please describe what makes your manuscript | dummy manuscript stand out from others, and how the Words in the Words intensive + retreat will help you take it over that last hurdle. (Your scholarship essay of up to 250 words must be double spaced, 12 point Times New Roman )
  3. Your manuscript or dummy submission (Please, follow submission guidelines for critiques.)
  4. A brief synopsis of your story. (200 words or less) 
  5. Do you have feedback from an agent or editor about your manuscript or dummy? We’d love to hear it but keep it to one or two sentences.