How to Apply

Due to COVID-19, the 2020 Clarion Workshop has been postponed until 2022. Applications for 2023 will re-open Fall 2022.



To apply you must submit a workshop application form, two short stories, and the application fee. All are submitted online.

  1. Pay the application fee to the Clarion Foundation and get an invitation code

    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$ 55
    • Feb 16 – Mar 1: US$ 70


To pay the fee go to and select one of the following payment methods:

  • Plug’nPay, using your Visa, MasterCard, Discover or American Express.
  • PayPal, using a major credit card, bank transfer, or PayPal balance.
  • 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

  1. Read the Application FAQ.

  2. Apply through the Application Portal

  3. Late Applications

    You must finish your application in RegOnline and submit payment to the Clarion Foundation by March 1, 2020 (11:59pm Eastern Standard Time) to be considered for the 2020 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.

Applications are judged by a review panel composed of the current Clarion anchor team of instructors; the UCSD Program Director, Shelley Streeby; and one or more members of the Clarion Foundation Board. The review panel selects 18 applicants and a few waitlist students. All applicants are notified of their status by late March. The review panel does not comment or give feedback on stories.