The Gunn Center for the Study of Science Fiction is pleased to offer two
scholarships for SF studies at the University of Kansas:
- Mark Bourne Speculative Fiction Writing Scholarship
(this page): To help outstanding SF writers afford to attend the Center's
summer writing workshops.
- Scholarship in Science Fiction Studies: To help outstanding scholars
and writers afford to study either SF literature or
SF writing at the University of Kansas (details).
- The Center also offers the James E. Gunn Award for
Science Fiction Writing, a writing prize to the author of an outstanding SF
story written for a KU English class.
- Additionally of interest to SF scholars is the
Heinlein Society Scholarship Program (not affiliated with the Center, but a
great way to help pay for SF studies).
Donate! If you
would like to donate to support SF studies at KU - either to honor a loved one or just to
help students in need - please contact us, and we'll be more than happy to work
with you! Please send Gunn Center Director Chris McKitterick a note at
firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions. We use
KU Endowment accounts
to ensure that all donations are secure and are used entirely and exclusively for
the designated purpose.
Mark Bourne Speculative Fiction Writing Scholarship
About Mark Bourne
Press Release (pdf)
Thanks to a generous friend of the Gunn Center for the Study of Science
Fiction, starting in 2015 we are pleased to offer a
scholarship to help 1-4 outstanding speculative-fiction writers attend one of
the Center's summer writing workshops. Our first priority is to assist creative-writing
graduate students at KU, but the scholarship is also open to our usual
The scholarship comes in either the form of a fee waiver of the not-for-credit
workshop registration fee, or a monetary award to help cover KU fees for
enrolling for-credit in ENGL 757 (Speculative
Fiction Writing Workshop only). Recipients also receive
complimentary membership to the Campbell
Conference directly following the workshops, where they can meet scholars and professionals
in the field.
The scholarship is intended to enable writers to attend one of the Center's
writing workshops who might not otherwise be able to afford
it. The donor (Elizabeth Bourne, an alum of the summer program) hopes to "help more writers
attend the workshops and benefit from the world-class instructors they attract."
The scholarship is established in Mark's name to honor a man who
dedicated his life to speculative fiction.
Mark Bourne, 1961 - 2012
Mark Wilson Bourne
was a science-fiction
and movie reviewer,
as well as an actor, stage director, teacher, and general awesome person. He
even got to
work with Ray Bradbury.
Mark passed away February 25, 2012, at the age of fifty. He
was born July 10, 1961 in Russellville, Arkansas, to Philip and Elizabeth Wade
Bourne. The middle of three boys, he is survived by his wife, Elizabeth; his
stepson, Austin Lawhead; both brothers, Richard Bourne of Fort Collins,
Colorado, and Randall Bourne of Phoenix, Arizona; and a large network of friends
and chosen family.
Mark graduated from Russelville High School in 1979 and first
attended Arkansas Tech, then the University of Arkansas where he earned his
bachelor's with a double major in Music and English. He then achieved a Master's
Degree in Theatre at the University of Nebraska.
Mark went on to script shows at planetaria and museums across the country. He
is well published and highly regarded in the science fiction field. His story
"What Dreams Are Made On" was reprinted in the 4th edition of
Ourselves: a Thematic Introduction for Readers and Writers, making Mark a writer
of academic significance. Mark is also listed in
Brave New Words: The Oxford
Dictionary of Science Fiction as having the earliest use of "morph" in his
story, "Being Human."
But the things Mark was known best for can't be quantified by the remarkable
facts of his life, like his dry and mischievous sense of humor, his infectious
grin, his fierce friendship, his braininess and insight, and his love and
generosity. He'll never truly be gone as long as we remember him.
Mark's bio: http://www.markbourne.com/Personal.htm
The Mark Bourne Speculative Fiction Writing Scholarship consists of:
- For those wishing to enroll not-for-credit in either
Fiction Writing Workshop or Kij
SF&F Novel Writing
- A waiver of workshop tuition fees (see the pages for current costs).
In years of greater demand, we may offer smaller waivers to more
- For out-of-town recipients with special circumstances, we may be
able to also offer a waiver of workshop fees and scholarship-hall housing costs.
- Recipients are responsible for other expenses while attending the workshop
(food, travel, and so forth).
- For KU graduate students wishing to enroll for-credit in Chris
Fiction Writing Workshop:
- A monetary award to help cover KU
graduate-credit resident fees (up to $1200) for
enrolling in ENGL 757 ("Speculative Fiction Writing Workshop").
- A waiver of guest-author fees.
Conference membership (most years; in 2016 we are hosting it in
conjunction with WorldCon, so it is not included).
- Recipients are responsible for other expenses while attending the
workshop (food, housing, and so forth).
- Your name and author page posted here!
The winner is announced during the English Department Awards Ceremony
in May. Below are the SF Scholarship winners to date.
To apply for the Mark Bourne Scholarship, submit the following with
your workshop application materials:
- A short letter (250 - 1000 words) detailing how you would benefit from a
scholarship to your workshop of choice: Kij Johnson's
SF&F Novel Writing
Workshop or Chris McKitterick's
Fiction Writing Workshop (see those pages for application information and due dates).
- To be considered, submit all materials to either
Johnson as early in
the application period as possible, because the workshops fill quickly.
Only outstanding applicants who also
are accepted into one of these two workshops are eligible.
- We may award the scholarship to one or two deserving students per year,
per workshop, depending on
qualifications, needs, and funding.
- Depending on the number of applicants and their need, we may offer
greater or lesser fee deductions.
- All successful applicants are eligible to apply for the scholarship, but
must also apply for the scholarship.
- Both Kansas residents and non-residents are eligible for the
scholarship, though preference goes to KU graduate writing students.
- You may apply for the scholarship each year, but preference goes to new
- Winner is also eligible to be awarded the Scholarship in Science Fiction Studies,
for use in the Intensive Institute on Science Fiction Literature
or to study SF during the regular school year.
Shawn Frazier earned his Master of Fine Arts degree in creative writing.
Since graduating in 2011, he has attended the Taos Writer's Tool Box, with
Nancy Kress and Walter Jon Williams; the Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop
at Brown University, with Ravi Howard; and was accepted into a two-month
writing course at the 92 Street Y, with Josh Weil. In 2015, attended Kij Johnson's Novel Writing Workshop.
The Speculative Fiction Foundation gave him Honorable Mention for an excerpt
of this novel,
The Hoodoo Nigger. He won the Mary Shelley
Contest, and his fiction has been published in Rosebud Magazine,
SQ Mag, and Flapper House. Shawn works as a high-school
English teacher in New York City, where he was born and raised.
For 2016, Shawn enrolled in both Chris McKitterick's Speculative
Fiction Writing Workshop and his "Repeat Offenders" advanced
In 2006, Chinelo Onwaulu took a graduate-level writing seminar with Arthur
Flowers at Syracuse University's Creative Writing Program. She is also a
graduate of the 2014 Clarion West Writers Workshop. Her passion is to grow
science fiction in Africa, and she is working to create a thriving writing
career that she can balance alongside her day job as an editorial
consultant. To this end, she is editor and co-founder of
a magazine of African speculative fiction, and she has published stories in
several places, including The Kalahari Review, Saraba, Brittle Paper,
Jim, Ideomancer, and the anthologies AfroSF: African Science Fiction by
African Writers, Mothership: Tales of Afrofuturism and Beyond, and
Incognita: New Short Speculative Stories from Africa. Chinelo is also part of the
Writing in the Margins program, a mentorship for marginalized writers in
the early stages of their careers. She lives and works in Abuja, Nigeria.
For 2016, Chinelo enrolled in both Kij Johnson's
SF&F Novel Writing
Workshop and her "Repeat Offenders" advanced writing workshop.