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The 2018 Kent Haruf Memorial Writing Scholarship is open to junior and senior high school students in Chaffee and Fremont counties for excellence in fiction and creative non-fiction writing. Students must be previously unpublished writers to participate. Writers may apply in one of four areas: short story, novel excerpt or novella, creative nonfiction and playwriting.

Sponsored by Cathy Haruf and the Salida Council for the Arts, the scholarship honors the memory of the late Kent Haruf, Salida resident and best-selling author of “The Tie That Binds,” “Where you Once Belonged,” “Plainsong,” “Eventide,” “Benediction” and “Our Souls at Night,” which was adapted to a film starring Robert Redford and Jane Fonda.

Entries and registration for this scholarship will be accepted through Jan. 15, 2019. The short list of finalists will be announced Feb. 28, 2019. Finalists, their parents and teachers will be honored at an awards banquet Sunday, May 5, 2019. The winners will receive a cash prize presented by Cathy Haruf, the late author’s wife. The finalists will also participate in a writing workshop taught by a professional author.

For complete information, submission guidelines and entry forms, applicants should visit Applications and writing samples must be submitted through the website.

For inquiries or additional information, please contact Cathy Haruf at 719-221-0691 or at

submitted by Jennifer Dempsey