Application - 2013 Clarion Workshop

Application - 2013 Clarion Workshop

Welcome to the application for the 2013 Clarion Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers' Workshop at UC San Diego. Please read the instructions before you click the Register Now button.

Application Period

December 1, 2012 to March 1, 2013 (11:59pm Pacific Time)

Minimum Eligibility Requirements

Age 18 or older on June 23, 2013.
Read, write, and speak English fluently.
Mastery of the fundamentals of writing short stories.

Before You Start the Application
  1. Pay the application fee and get an invitation code (see sidebar).
  2. Read the Application FAQ.
  3. Prepare two submission manuscripts for uploading.
    • 2 short stories, 2500-6000 words each
    • Double-spaced, with 1-inch margins all around
    • Plain serif font such as Times or Courier
    • Your name, email address, and word count on the first page
    • Story starts immediately below the title on the first page
    • Number the pages starting with page 2
    • Include an abbreviated title and your last name in the header starting with p.2 (Smith, "Zombie Nation")
  4. Gather information on 2012 household income and debts if applying for scholarships.
  5. Write down brief answers to the following (for cutting and pasting into the application):
    • Your previous publishing experience, if any
    • Highest education (school, year graduated, degree)
    • Writing habits
    • Why you are applying to Clarion, what you hope to get from attending the workshop
    • List of professional writers or Clarion graduates you know personally
    • How you heard about Clarion
Submit the Application
Gather the documents and information you prepared (see above) and your invitation code. Allow yourself 20-40 minutes to complete the application. Be aware that you may get bumped out of the application if traffic is high or may be automatically logged off if you stop typing for several minutes.

Click the Register Now button to start the application (see sidebar). RegOnline will email you confirmation of submission after you click 'Finish'.

Late Applications
You must finish your application in RegOnline and submit payment to the Clarion Foundation by March 1, 2013 (11:59pm Pacific Time) to be considered for the 2013 workshop. We do not accept late applications, except as noted below.

We strongly advise you to finish your application early. Do not wait until the evening of March 1, when website traffic will be high and you are likely to encounter technical problems.

If you encounter a technical problem on the afternoon of March 1 that prevents you from uploading your submission stories and finishing your application, email your stories to by 11:59PM Pacific to still be considered for the 2013 workshop. The Clarion coordinator will contact you on the next business day to make arrangements for you to finish.

Good luck and best wishes.


Contact Information

Payment Instructions

  • The first step in the application process is to pay the nonrefundable application fee to the Clarion Foundation. When you complete the payment, you will automatically be taken to a "Thank You" screen that includes the invitation code you must enter to access the RegOnline application form. Also, the Foundation will email you payment confirmation in 1-2 business days.

    The fee amount is determined by the date you submit your application and payment:

    Dec 1 - Feb 15: US$ 50
    Feb 16 - Mar 1: US$ 65

    To pay the fee go to and select one of the following payment methods:
    1. Plug'nPay, using your Visa, MasterCard, Discover or American Express.
    2. PayPal, using a major credit card, bank transfer, or PayPal balance.
    3. Check or money order (must be mailed by Feb. 22 to arrive before the deadline).
    Plug'nPay is the preferred method. It returns an invitation code the fastest and the saves the Foundation money on processing costs, leaving more money for scholarships. 

    Payment by check or money order is the slowest method; your invitation code will be emailed to you within approximately 7 days. Remember to send your email address along with your check.

    If you need technical assistance with payment, please contact the Clarion Foundation treasurer at and copy the Clarion coordinator at

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