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Bursaries & Scholarships

Bursaries and scholarships are made available through the generosity of people who believe in Sage Hill.

  • Applicants may apply for one bursary.
  • Bursaries are awarded to those who clearly demonstrate financial need.

You may apply for a bursary during the application process. Bursary requests undergo a separate adjudication procedure.

Spring Colloquium


This bursary will be awarded in years that the Spring Poetry Colloquium is offered to a worthy participant who has demonstrated financial need. The bursary is offered in memory of Wyn Lilburn by her son, Tim Lilburn.

Summer Adult Experience

For Saskatchewan Writers


This bursary is awarded to a writer wishing to attend a Summer Workshop or Colloquium, offered by the Saskatoon Branch of the Canadian Women’s Press Club. Duties of the successful applicant may include light physical labour, clerking, and some money management.

Known as Canada’s Mark Twain, W. O. Mitchell was born in Weyburn Saskatchewan. As a Canadian writer and broadcaster, Mitchell’s work often depicted prairie life. Best known for his novel, Who Has Seen the Wind and for his radio series, Jake and the Kid, he was also a high school teacher, a creative writing professor, and founded the creative writing program at the Banff Centre. Mitchell was awarded five doctorates from Canadian universities, became an officer of the Order of Canada, was a member of the Queen’s Privy Council for Canada, and has two schools named after him in his honour. He’s one of Canada’s best storytellers, and, like Tommy Douglas, everyone prairie person has a Bill Mitchell story.


This scholarship is awarded to a Saskatchewan writer through the generosity of the Saskatchewan Writers Guild, in honour of the late John V. Hicks, former Poet Laureate of Prince Albert, for his contributions and years of service to the literary arts.

John V. Hicks’ parents immigrated to Canada from England when their son was just an infant. Settling in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan as a professional accountant, Hicks did not publish his first of nine books until 1978, decades after working on his poetry craft. An artistic mentor at the Prince Albert Arts Centre, his dedication to the arts was recognized with an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Saskatchewan, awarded with the Saskatchewan Order of Merit, and honoured with the lifetime award for excellence from the Saskatchewan Arts Board.


This scholarship is offered to Saskatchewan candidates between 19 and 24 years of age who show skills in writing poetry, and donated by the Saskatchewan Writers Guild in honour of the late Jerry Rush, a beloved poet and teacher.

Born in Saskatchewan, Jerry Rush was a poet, teacher, editor, and member of The Correction Line, a Regina writing group. Rush published two books in the 1980’s Earth Dreams and The Bones of Their Occasion, shortly before he lost his battle to cancer in 1986.

 For All Writers


This scholarship will be granted to an emerging writer who is a participant in the Summer Poetry course, and is offered in memory of Calgary poet Sharon Drummond by her family.


This bursary is awarded to a worthy writer in any genre. Offered in memory of long-time supporter Joan Stoicheff.


This bursary is awarded to a writer in any genre. Offered in memory of Robert Kroetsch.

Robert Kroestch was born in Alberta. During his life he lived in and travelled to many places yet always provided a perspective and commentary on his home province. After completing his English and Philosophy degree at the University of Alberta, Kroestch worked in the Canadian North. Following this he completed his Master’s degree and PhD in the United States, met his first wife, and helped raise their two daughters. A professor first at Binghamton University then at the University of Manitoba, Kroestch continued to write and publish wherever he was. Retiring – from teaching, though not from writing – Kroestch returned to Alberta and died in a car accident at 83 years old on his way home after a literary festival. He won numerous awards throughout his life including the Office of the Order of Canada, the Killam Award, and the Governor General’s Award for Fiction for The Studhorse Man.


Applicants may also contact their local art councils, cultural offices and service clubs for other sources of support.

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