The Virginia G. Piper
Center for Creative Writing

Sponsor the Conference

Valuing literature in our larger community

A sponsorship with the Desert Nights, Rising Stars Writers Conference is more than a pledge of financial support. It's a way of showing what you care about, prioritize, and value. It's an investment in the community.

Beyond acknowledgment and promotion on the Piper Center’s website and throughout the conference, sponsors receive complimentary registrations, discounted registration rates, free advertising, exhibitor space, and more. Individualized packages are available, too. 

Sponsorships are available at varying levels of support and can be designated for a variety of different purposes, including scholarshipsfellowshipsfaculty, naming opportunities for rooms and events, and more.

For more information about sponsorships, contact

Sponsorship Levels

Organizations and individuals can sponsor the conference at seven levels of support:

SponsorshipLevel of Support
      Red Star$50
      Orange Star$100
      Bronze Star$250
      Silver Star$500
      Gold Star$1,000
      Platinum Star$2,500
      Premier Platinum Star$5,000

Sponsorships over $5,000 can also be arranged. For sponsorships over $5,000, please contact to discuss benefits and intent. 



Sponsorship Benefits

Desert Nights, Rising Stars is a nationally-recognized literary conference gathering hundreds of individuals to ASU's Historic Quarter for two days of craft-talks, panels, and community. 

In recognition of their support, sponsors are entitled to claim the following benefits. Please note that, as benefits are cumulative, each sponsorship level is entitled to claim all of the benefits previousy listed. 

  • Red Star ($50)
    • Acknowledgment and link on the conference website
  • Orange Star ($100)
    • Acknowledgment in the conference program
  • Bronze Star ($250)
    • Logo and description on the conference website
    • Logo in the conference program
    • Discounted advertising in the conference program (25% off standard rates)
    • Scholarships for students, teachers, or other members of the community to attend the conference
  • Silver Star ($500)
  • Gold Star ($1,000)
    • Complimentary exhibitor space (including complimentary registration)
    • Logo featured on conference tote bag
    • Named conference rooms or smaller events (advanced workshops, community readings, and more)
    • Faculty honoraria, travel, and other expenses
  • Platinum Star ($2,500)
    • Named signature events (keynote speakers, receptions, and the exhibitor fair)
    • Custom signage
  • Premier Platinum Star ($5,000)

Certain benefits (such as logos on tote bags or named rooms and events) may be subject to limited availability based on time frame and amount.  

All sponsorships are tax-deductible upon request, with fair market values to be calculated based on the benefits received.

For sponsorships over $5,000, please contact Dana Tribke at 480.965.1243 or to discuss benefits and intent. 

Sponsorship Impact

Your sponsorship extends education beyond the classroom, provides writers with the artistic, cultural, and social experiences they need to connect, flourish, and grow, and creates memorable, life-long meanings for individual human beings. 

To learn more about the impact of scholarships and the conference experience, you can read students stories or conference testimonials.