And the Honorees Are…

  • By Caroline Bock
  • April 24, 2023

Meet the recipients of the Washington Writers Conference’s BIPOC Scholarships!

And the Honorees Are…

We’re thrilled to announce the recipients of our first-ever BIPOC Scholarship Awards, a special initiative of the 2023 Washington Writers Conference! The honorees were selected by authors Tara Campbell and Melanie S. Hatter, along with conference planning-committee members Jennifer Bort Yacovissi and Caroline Bock. They’ll each receive full, free access to this year’s conference, which features multiple panels with noted writers, agent-pitch sessions, workshops, and a lunchtime keynote address by acclaimed novelist Dolen Perkins-Valdez (Take My Hand).

Meet this year’s recipients:

Olubunmi Adeloye is a research assistant and graduate student at American University studying literature and technology. She is focused on West African history and mythology in fantasy and speculative fiction. She’s currently working on creating video games, writing her first novel, and building an online database of Shakespeare’s soliloquies.

Monika Ellis is a quick-witted, curious storyteller who writes to express her joy, fears, and triumphs. She especially loves diving into history and exploring her family roots. She has a bachelor’s in journalism from the University of North Carolina and a master’s in American studies from the University of Maryland.

Tiffany Mi’s work has appeared or is forthcoming in Poetry Northwest, Midway Journal, Pithead Chapel, Gordon Square Review, and elsewhere. Find her on Twitter at @mi_tiff.

Ofelia Montelongo is a bilingual writer from Mexico. She has an MBA in strategic leadership and a master’s in Latin American literature. Her work has been published in the Rumpus, Latino Book Review, Los Acentos Review, and elsewhere. She teaches at George Washington University and is a PEN/Faulkner writer in residence, a Macondista, and a PEN America Emerging Voices Fellow.

Sydnye White is an executive producer and Emmy-nominated writer/producer whose work has been seen on National Geographic, PBS, the Discovery Channel, and BET. A 2020 Martha’s Vineyard Institute of Creative Writing Fellow, White has written for the Washington Post, Cinema Journal, World Neighbors magazine, and other outlets.

Congratulations to all! We can’t wait to see them — and you — at this year’s conference!

The 2023 Washington Writers Conference happens May 12-13 at the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel & Conference Center in Rockville, MD. Only a few spots remain, so REGISTER NOW!

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