Ellen Reid Writing Award

The Ellen Reid Writing Award is given each year to support a UCSB student pursuing a career that involves writing or publishing. The award was established by Doug and Irene Fogelson to honor the legacy of Ellen Reid, Santa Barbara’s “book shepherd.” Ms. Reid was an award-winning writer and a consultant to independent authors for many years. The award continues her passion for guiding beginning writers by providing a scholarship of $2,500 to an undergraduate student in the Professional Writing Minor. Two honorable mention awards of $500 each will also be given.
Interested Minor students should click this link to complete the application, which requires a résumé, one sample piece of your writing, and a short essay response to a prompt: Ellen Reid Writing Award Application.
NEW DEADLINE: For the 2023-24 award, applications will be due before 4:00 p.m. on Friday, March 8.
A panel of Writing Program faculty will judge the applications and the award will be announced at the beginning of spring quarter.


The Prompt

Please explain how you envision writing to be an important part of your prospective career and your life after graduation. 


Important information for applicants

If you are receiving financial aid, this award could impact your financial aid status. Please consult with your financial aid officer before applying for the award.