The Killer Nashville Jimmy Loftin and Lisa Jackson Scholarships

Jimmy Loftin Memorial Scholarship

Jimmy Loftin’s family members have been writers their entire lives. Jimmy’s Uncle Bryan Robinson, a long-time supporter of Killer Nashville, is author of 35 nonfiction books and several mystery/thriller novels, including the award-winning, Limestone Gumption: A Brad Pope and Sisterfriends Mystery. Jimmy’s mother, Glenda Robinson is a retired award-winning newspaper journalist.

Tragedy struck the family when Jimmy was murdered in the prime of his youth, a victim of domestic violence. It was only natural that his family of writers wanted a memorial befitting Jimmy so his memory lives on. The Jimmy Loftin Memorial Scholarship is the result of that wish. Jimmy’s parents, James and Glenda Loftin, his brothers, Scott and Blake Loftin, and their Uncle Bryan Robinson wish to assist writers struggling financially, who want to attend the Killer Nashville Writers’ Conference–one of the best author-supportive conferences in the world.

Jimmy Loftin was kind-hearted, considerate, and generous. He brought out the best in everyone around him. Even as a child, he was sensitive to special needs children his age, and he befriended and protected them. Whip-smart with a wicked sense of humor, Jimmy was recognized and rewarded for his creative and money-saving ideas in the workplace.

In memory of Jimmy’s loving generosity, the Jimmy Loftin Scholarship funds will be awarded to authors who demonstrate need in an essay format. The money will be used to pay for attendance to the conference, breakout sessions, a critique, and lodging on a case-needed basis.

For those of you who wish to contribute to the Jimmy Loftin Memorial Scholarship:

No amount is too small. Please make checks out to “Killer Nashville Conference” and in the memo line, “The Jimmy Loftin Scholarship.” You can mail those to the following address:

The Jimmy Loftin Memorial Scholarship
Killer Nashville International Writers’ Conference
P.O. Box 680759
Franklin, TN 37068-0759

Lisa Jackson Scholarship

Bestselling author Lisa JacksonBefore Lisa Jackson became an internationally known bestselling author, she was a single mom struggling to put food on the table. She hoped against hope that someone would pay for her stories and that day came.

Lisa is now the No. 1 New York Times bestselling author of more than 85 novels, including “Close to Home”, “Never Die Alone”, and “After She’s Gone”. She is also the co-author of the “Colony” series with her sister Nancy Bush. There are over 20 million copies of Lisa’s books in print in 20 languages.

Lisa has been a big supporter of Killer Nashville, and she was one of the Guests of Honor at the 2014 conference.

Now, Lisa wants to give back, and has donated money to start a Killer Nashville Scholarship Fund. Her hope is to help someone struggling financially, who wants to attend the Killer Nashville Writers’ Conference.

“Over the years, writing conferences have helped me connect with other writers, editors and agents. In my opinion Killer Nashville is one of the best, so I’d like to help another writer or two have the opportunity to attend by offering this scholarship.”

Funds will be awarded to authors who demonstrate need in an essay format. The money will be used to pay for attendance to the conference, breakout sessions, a critique, and lodging on a case-needed basis.

“Here’s to having a blast at Killer Nashville, where there’s a lot to be learned and fun to be found!”

Guidelines:

– Write an essay that illustrates your financial need and why you want to attend the Killer Nashville Writers’ Conference.
– Entries should be about 500 words long, double-spaced, and in 12-point Times New Roman or Courier with at least 1-inch margins.
– Attach entries to the form below, and include your first and last name, address, and phone number.
– The deadline is July 1, 2017.