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Susan C. Petrey Clarion Scholarship Fund

This scholarship is a memorial to Susan, a friend of ours, and a member of the Portland Science Fiction Society. Since her death in 1980, we have raised money to annually send aspiring writers to the Clarion Science Fiction Writer's Workshop. This was an event she had hoped to attend herself but was unable to do so because of financial reasons. At the present time, the fund annually awards scholarships to both the Clarion & Clarion West workshops and also supports an instructor at Clarion West as a Petrey Fellow.

The original seed money was raised for flowers at Sue's funeral but the money could not be used for that purpose. Since then, money to fund the scholarship has been mainly raised by auctions at conventions and more recently by selling "eggs" for prizes at OryCon. Donations from conventions and individuals are also an important source of income for the fund. We are always looking for donations of items large and small to be used as egg prizes or to be auctioned, and money is never refused. Cash donations can be made through PayPal to the email address: susanpetrey@comcast.net. If you have any items to donate, please contact us at:

Susan C Petrey Scholarship Fund
PMB 455
2870 N.E. Hogan Road Suite E
Gresham OR 97030-3175
Phone: 503-667-0807
Email: susanpetrey@comcast.net

We also produced a book, Gifts of Blood, which contains all of Sue's stories. All proceeds from the sale of this book go to support the Fund. Copies are available from us at the address above.

The fund is administered by us, with the support of Portland fandom, and is legally a part of Oregon Science Fiction Conventions Inc., a tax-exempt organization.

Debbie Cross
Paul M. Wrigley

Sell on eBay for the Susan C. Petrey Clarion Scholarship Fund

The Susan C. Petrey Clarion Scholarship Fund is part of the PayPal Giving Works program on eBay. So, you can support our mission when you sell on eBay. Here's how:

You can support The Susan C. Petrey Clarion Scholarship Fund when you sell on eBay. Just designate our organization to receive 10-100% of your final sale price the next time you list something great. Did you know that charity listings often get more bids and higher prices than regular eBay listings? Boost your sales and support our scholarship while you're at it! Plus eBay gives back to you too, with a fee credit on your basic selling fees. It’s easy! When you are listing an item, you can turn on the option to "Donate a portion to charity". You will be asked to select a charity and the percentage you want to donate.

The Petrey Fund Needs Help!

Each year, the Petrey Fund pays out more in scholarships and grants than our income from fund raising. We need your help! If you would like to help us help writers here are few things you could do:

  • Send money. Nothing works like cash. We have a PayPal account with the email address of susanpetrey@comcast.net. Remember, we are part of OSFCI, a 501(c)3 non-profit, and many employers will match donations.
  • Come up with a crazy fund raising idea and just do it. It could be anything from selling balloons at an event or organizing a dinner with a famous author and the guest would pay a premium to be sent to the fund. Use your imagination.
  • Are you the artsy-craftsy kind? Sell one of your creations on Ebay and donate the proceeds.
  • We need large and small items that can be used for egg prizes or at auction at OryCon. Donations can be sent to the address above.
  • Come to OryCon and buy eggs in the dealers' room at the Petrey booth!

Scholarship Recipients and Fellows

Currently, two scholarships are being awarded annually, one to the Clarion Science Fiction Writers' Workshop in California and one to Clarion West in Seattle. In addition, we are giving a grant to sponsor one of Clarion West instructors each year. This instructor will be designated the Susan C. Petrey Fellow.

Recipients for the scholarship have been selected by the workshop directors based on need and talent. They have been:

1982
William P. Knuttel - Davis, CA
1983
Mona A. Clee - Austin, TX
1984
Kathe (Mustamaa) Koja - Detroit, MI
1985
Leslie J. Howle - Seattle, WA
1986
Wally Metts - Horton, MI
1987
Susan Kray - Urbana, IL
1988
Sharon Wahl - Somerville, MA
1989
Diana Maria Castro - Arcata, CA
1990
Heidi Heyer Campbell - Chester, VA
1991
Karen Cowan-Jensen - Anchorage, AK
1992
Denise Angela Shawl - Ann Arbor, MI
Nathan Ballingrud - Asheville, NC
1993
Patrizia DeLucchio - Oakland, CA
Michael Johnson - Brookline, MA
1994
Christopher East - Fredonia, NY
Syne Mitchell - Madison, WI
1995
Timalyne Lindquist-Frazier - Seattle, WA (West)
Phoebe Smith - Cambridge, England (East)
1996
Craig L. Gidney - Washington, DC (West)
David Hoffman-Dachelet - Minneapolis, MN (East)
1997
Susan Jett - Moab, UT (West)
William G. Henry - St. Louis Park, MN (East)
1998
Jeffrey A. Deveaux - Seattle, WA (West)
Barth Anderson - Minneapolis, MN (East)
Eric Witchey - Tualatin, OR (Special)
1999
Daniel G. Dick - Burnaby, B.C., Canada (West)
Sharon Keir - McLean, VA (East)
2000
Julian Brown - Durban, South Africa (West)
Kelly Searsmigh - Boone, NC (East)
2001
Ari Goelman - Vancouver, BC, Canada (West)
Beth Adele Long - Dayton, MD (East)
2002
Adrian Nam-Son Khactu - Viet Nam (West)
Cecilia Marsh - Washington, DC (East)
This year there was also a special grant of $500 awarded to Clarion West to help defray the cost of transportation for instructors.
2003
Eliani Torres - Bennington VT (West)
Tamara Inman - Lakewood, CA (East)
2004
Alice Kim - Standford, CA (West)
Marjorie M. Liu - Madison, WI (East)
2005
Heather Lindsley - Seattle WA (West)
Tracy Taylor - Ewing, NJ (East)
Michael Swanwick (Susan C. Petrey Fellow)
2006
Gord Sellar - South Korea (West)
Jemma EveryHope - Bellingham, WA (East)
Vernor Vinge (Susan C. Petrey Fellow)
2007
David Zasloff - Santa Clarita, CA (West)
Desirina Boskovich - Atlanta, GA (California)
Samuel R. Delany (Susan C. Petrey Fellow)
2008
Anna Owomoyela, Iowa City, IA (West)
Grá Linnaea, Eugene, OR (California)
Chuck Palahniuk (Susan C. Petrey Fellow)
2009
Nicholas Stenner, Vancouver, BC (California)
Emily C. Skaftun, Victorville, CA (West)
Rudy Rucker (Susan C. Petrey Fellow)
2010
Cassandra Clarke, Cuero, TX (West)
Laura Praytor, Long Beach, CA (California)
Ian McDonald (Susan C. Petrey Fellow)
2011
Alisa Alering, Bloomington, IN (West)
Todd Castillo, Long Beach, CA (California)
Charles Stross (Susan C. Petrey Fellow)
2012
Brenta Blevins, Rural Retreat, Viginia (West)
Carmen Machado, Iowa City, IA (California)
Chuck Palahniuk (Susan C. Petrey Fellow)
2013
JY Yang, Singapore (West)
Zach Grafton, Alhambra, CA (California)
Samuel R. Delany (Susan C. Petrey Fellow)
2014
Alison Wilgus, Brooklyn, NY (West)
Marian Womack, Madrid, Spain (California)
John Crowley (Susan C. Petrey Fellow)
2015
Laurie Penny, Cambridge, MA (West)
Dayna Smith, Chicago, IL (California)
Cory Doctorow (Susan C. Petrey Fellow)
2016
Emma Osborne, Footscray, Vic, Australia (West)
Benjamin Sloan, Rossville, IN (San Diego)
Geoff Ryman (Susan C. Petrey Fellow)
2017
Alexandra Manglis (West)
Ghislaine Lai, Singapore (San Diego)
Pat Cadigan (Susan C. Petrey Fellow)
2018
Erin Barrett, Brooktondale, NY (West)
Ashlee Lhamon, Lake Charles, LA (San Diego)
Karen Joy Fowler (Susan C. Petrey Fellow)
2019
Anne Leckie (Susan C. Petrey Fellow)