Short Story Essay Scholarship

Colorado Review

Nelligan Prize

Cash Prize: $2,000

Entry Fee: $15

Application Deadline: 3/14/18

Genre: Fiction

A prize of $2,000 and publication in Colorado Review is given annually for a short story. Margot Livesey will judge. Submit a story of any length with a $15 entry fee...

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Prairie Schooner

Book Prizes

Cash Prize: $3,000

Entry Fee: $25

Application Deadline: 3/15/18

Genre: Poetry, Fiction

Two prizes of $3,000 each and publication by University of Nebraska Press are given annually for a poetry collection and a short story collection. An editorial board will...

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James Jones Literary Society

First Novel Fellowship

Cash Prize: $10,000

Entry Fee: $30

Application Deadline: 3/15/18

Genre: Fiction

A prize of $10,000 is given annually for a novel-in-progress by a U.S. writer who has not published a novel. A selection from the winning work will be published in ...

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Sonora Review

Annual Contests

Cash Prize: $1,000

Entry Fee: $15

Application Deadline: 3/15/18

Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Sonora Review are given annually for a poem or group of poems, a short story, and an essay. The 2018 contest theme is "...

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The Pinch

Literary Awards

Cash Prize: $1,000

Entry Fee: $20

Application Deadline: 3/15/18

Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in the Pinch are given annually for a poem, a short story, and an essay. Maggie Smith will judge in poetry, Carmen Maria...

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Bellingham Review

Literary Awards

Cash Prize: $1,000

Entry Fee: $20

Application Deadline: 3/15/18

Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Bellingham Review are given annually for works of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. The 49th Parallel Award for...

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The Word Works

Washington Prize

Cash Prize: $1,500

Entry Fee: $25

Application Deadline: 3/15/18

Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,500 and publication by the Word Works is given annually to a U.S. or Canadian poet for a poetry collection. Submit a manuscript of 48 to 80 pages with a $25 entry...

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Southampton Review

Frank McCourt Memoir Prize

Cash Prize: $1,000

Entry Fee: $15

Application Deadline: 3/15/18

Genre: Creative Nonfiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Southampton Review is given annually for a personal essay. Using the online submission system, submit an essay of up to 4,500...

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Robinson Jeffers Tor House Foundation

Poetry Prize

Cash Prize: $1,000

Entry Fee: $10

Application Deadline: 3/15/18

Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for an unpublished poem. Richard Blanco will judge. Submit up to three poems of no more than three pages each with a $10 entry fee by March...

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The Writer's Center

McLaughlin-Esstman-Stearns First Novel Prize

Cash Prize: $500

Entry Fee: $0

Application Deadline: 3/15/18

Genre: Fiction

A prize of $500 is given annually for a first novel by a U.S. author published during the previous year. Authors, publishers, and agents may submit three copies of a novel...

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Kundiman/Tupelo Press

Kundiman Poetry Prize

Cash Prize: $1,000

Entry Fee: $28

Application Deadline: 3/15/18

Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Tupelo Press is given annually for a poetry collection by an Asian American poet. The board members of Kundiman and Tupelo Press will judge...

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Sarabande Books

Morton and McCarthy Prizes

Cash Prize: $2,000

Entry Fee: $29

Application Deadline: 3/15/18

Genre: Poetry, Fiction

Two prizes of $2,000 each and publication by Sarabande Books are given annually for collections of poetry and fiction. For the Kathryn A. Morton Prize in Poetry, submit a...

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Hunger Mountain

Literary Prizes

Cash Prize: $1,000

Entry Fee: $20

Application Deadline: 3/15/18

Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Ephemeral Artery, Hunger Mountain's online publication, are given annually for a poem, a short story, and an...

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Slope Editions

Book Prize

Cash Prize: $1,000

Entry Fee: $22

Application Deadline: 3/15/18

Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Slope Editions is given annually for a poetry collection. Ocean Vuong will judge. Submit a manuscript of 40 to 90 pages with a $22 entry...

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Hidden River Arts

Eludia Award

Cash Prize: $1,000

Entry Fee: $30

Application Deadline: 3/15/18

Genre: Fiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Sowilo Press is given annually for a novel or story collection by a woman writer over the age of 40. Using the online submission system,...

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Cave Canem Foundation

Poetry Prize

Cash Prize: $1,000

Entry Fee: $20

Application Deadline: 3/16/18

Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 and publication by Graywolf Press is given annually for a first book of poetry by a black poet of African descent. Chris Abani will judge. Using the online...

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Dayton Literary Peace Prize Foundation

Literary Awards

Cash Prize: $10,000

Entry Fee: $100

Application Deadline: 3/16/18

Genre: Fiction, Creative Nonfiction

Two prizes of $10,000 each are given annually for a book of fiction and a book of nonfiction (including creative nonfiction) published in the previous year that "foster peace,...

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Fourth Genre

Steinberg Essay Prize

Cash Prize: $1,000

Entry Fee: $20

Application Deadline: 3/20/18

Genre: Creative Nonfiction

A prize of $1,000 and publication in Fourth Genre is given annually for an essay. Using the online submission system, submit an essay of up to 6,000 words with a $20...

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New South

Writing Contest

Cash Prize: $1,000

Entry Fee: $15

Application Deadline: 3/21/18

Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in New South are given annually for a poem and a story or essay. Safiya Sinclair will judge in poetry, and Alissa Nutting...

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Enizagam

Literary Awards

Cash Prize: $1,000

Entry Fee: $20

Application Deadline: 3/23/18

Genre: Poetry, Fiction

Two prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Enizagam are given annually for a group of poems and a short story. Jesse Nathan will judge in poetry, and Rachel Khong...

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Trustees of the Robert Frost Farm

Frost Farm Prize

Cash Prize: $1,000

Entry Fee: $6

Application Deadline: 3/30/18

Genre: Poetry

A prize of $1,000 is given annually for a poem written in metrical verse. The winner also receives a scholarship and honorarium to give a reading at the Frost Farm Poetry...

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Florida Review

Editors’ Awards

Cash Prize: $1,000

Entry Fee: $20

Application Deadline: 3/31/18

Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction

Three prizes of $1,000 each and publication in Florida Review are given annually for a group of poems, a short story, and an essay. The editors will judge. Submit...

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Martha's Vineyard Institute of Creative Writing

Poetry and Prose Prizes

Cash Prize: $1,600

Entry Fee: $25

Application Deadline: 3/31/18

Genre: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction

Two prizes valued at $1,600 each will be given annually to a poet and fiction writer to attend a weeklong seminar at the Martha's Vineyard Institute of Creative Writing Summer...

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Creative Writing Scholarships

Compete with Other Writers for Generous Awards

Writing is a fundamental skill that is required for successful employment in a wide range of professions.  Writers work in business, communications, human resources, information technology, media and a host of other industries.  Talented writers land help paying for college, so use your writing abilities to ease the financial burden of higher education, especially if you are majoring in journalism or related fields.

Scholarships and grants arise from individual campus writing departments, and private sector benefactors committed to education.  Your campus financial aid office is the best source for current program information for writers. Use these examples to help identify financial aid channels, and open doors to college funding assistance.

College-Specific Scholarships for Creative Writers

The Department of English at Arkansas Tech University awards six annual scholarships worth $1,500 each. These scholarships may be used to pursue any degree program at the university, and any high school senior is eligible. To enter; send a poem, a group of poems, a short story, or a piece of dramatic writing. The school’s Gwaltney Scholarship recognizes outstanding applicants with one-time awards acknowledging excellent fiction.

Lake Forest College in Chicago, Illinois, distributes Carnegie Writing Scholarships to worthy applicants. The award amounts range between $1,000-$5,000 per academic year. Grade point standards are enforced for candidates, and each successful applicant works on the staff of a campus publication. To apply, submit a portfolio of your writing.

Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa offers two writing scholarships:

  • One Writing Scholarship awards $1,000 to each applicant who submits a winning portfolio.  Your entry should include your best essays, poetry and non-fiction.
  • The Writing Center Fellowship gives students $1,000 a year, for up to four years. To qualify for the scholarship, applicants agree to participate in the Writing Center, which is a collective effort to raise skills and standards among college-level writers.

Artistic Achievement Scholarships are available to creative writers attending Eckerd College in St Petersburg, FL. Qualified applicants send no more than four poems or one short story, to be evaluated by the scholarship committee. Students submitting drama, screenplay, or non-fiction, works, are instructed to send no more than eight pages.

Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, TN offers scholarships to undergraduate creative writing students. High school seniors and current university students must have at least a 2.5 GPA to qualify.

The University of Louisville in Louisville, KY offers creative writing scholarships for undergraduate and graduate students. CW Scholarships provide varying levels of tuition reimbursement based on writing samples reviewed by the Creative Writing Scholarship Selection Committee.  The program is an excellent opportunity for non-English majors who are skilled writers, because participants are drawn from all academic departments.  To compete for creative writing scholarships, submit the following materials:

  • A cover letter.
  • A sample of your work such as 1-2 short stories, 5-10 poems or a combination of both.
  • A letter of recommendation commenting on your writing.

Private Scholarships for Writers

The Freedom Forum is committed to maintaining free speech and expression.  The organization uses its platform to help promising journalism students advance through higher education.  Free Spirit Scholarships are designated for high school seniors with journalistic aptitude.  Each winner is hosted at an annual Washington D.C. Conference that provides networking opportunities for creative writers.

The Alliance For Young Writers and Artists recognizes creative high school students. Students submit work in the following categories:

  • Dramatic Script
  • General Writing Portfolio
  • Humor
  • Journalism
  • Nonfiction Portfolio
  • Novel
  • Personal Essay/Memoir
  • Poetry
  • Science Fiction/Fantasy
  • Short Story
  • Short Short Story

Entrants compete for regional recognition and advancement to nation competitions.  National medalists are eligible for over $250,000 worth of scholarship assistance annually, which is made possible through hundreds of partnerships with private and public benefactors.  Use the Alliance Scholastic Art and Writing Awards to open scholarship doors for college.

The Santa Barbara Foundation offers Creative Writing Scholarships for students who demonstrate exceptional writing abilities.  The program is centered around Santa Barbara County residents, so qualified applicants are those who completed at least four of six secondary school years in the County. Eligible candidates are graduates of S.B. County high schools.

The National Press Club takes an active role in promoting future journalistic excellence.  To educate emerging generations of creative writers, the Club grants the Richard Zimmerman Scholarship award annually. Winners are chosen based on outstanding writing samples they submit, as well as strong community involvement, diverse interests, and scholastic activities.

 

 

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