Miami Writers Institute Scholarships

Miami Writers Institute is pleased to partner with three ground-breaking organizations for writers of color: CantoMundo, Cave Canem and Kundiman, to offer scholarships for the upcoming Miami Writers Institute on May 8 – 11, 2019 in downtown Miami, FL. Additional scholarships are made possible this year by a generous one-time donation.

New! Additional scholarships are made possible this year by a generous one-time donation, and open to writers who identify as LGBTQI+, writers with a disability, writers of color, single parents, and undergraduate or graduate students.

CantoMundo supports the creation, circulation, and critical analysis of Latina/o poetry.  CantoMundo cultivates a community of Latina/o poets through an annual writing retreat, regional workshops, public readings, and the CantoMundo Poetry Prize, an annual book contest that publishes and promotes a poetry volume by a Latina/o writer.

Founded by Toi Derricotte and Cornelius Eady in 1996 to remedy the under-representation and isolation of African American poets in the literary landscape, Cave Canem Foundation is a home for the many voices of Black poetry and is committed to cultivating the artistic and professional growth of Black poets.

Kundiman is dedicated to the creation and cultivation of Asian American literature, offering a comprehensive spectrum of arts programming that gives writers opportunities to inscribe their own stories, transforming and enriching the American literary landscape.

About the Scholarship

Each scholarship will include the following:

  • Full tuition ($500 value)
    • One creative writing workshop with an award-winning author
    • Craft talks by all teaching faculty
    • Publishing seminars
    • Access to all additional Writers Institute events

How to Apply

Deadline: March 17, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. EST

Submit the following materials to Marci Cancio-Bello at by the deadline.

  • Cover letter:
    • Must include contact information, scholarship and workshop preference, a description of financial need
  • Writing sample:
    • Prose: 10 pages, paginated, double-spaced with 1-inch margins
    • Poetry: 3 poems of any length


Questions? Contact Marci Cancio-Bello at or (305) 237-7889