Writing Scholarships

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Writers have the ability to shape our ideas and the world we live in. They have the chance to put their thoughts to paper (or maybe a computer screen) to live on for generations to come. If you aspire to be the next great American author, like Ernest Hemingway or Maya Angelou, you may be looking to pursue a degree in writing. Winning scholarships for writers shouldn’t be a novel idea, either. There are hundreds of essay contests for writers to put their skills to work for free college dollars. Be sure to check out these other great opportunities, too, in our directory of scholarships for writing majors.

L. Ron Hubbard's Writers of the Future Contest

International and U.S. students of any age are eligible to enter this writing contest as long as they are amateur writers. Students must submit a piece with a science fiction, fantasy, or horror with fantastic elements theme.

Total: $5000 Awards:  12
Deadline:  September 30
2019

Morton Marr Poetry Prize

This scholarship is available for U.S. and international students who submit an original, previously unpublished work of poetry and the associated entry fee. Applicants must be 18 years of age or older, and must have not previously published a complete book of poetry.

Total: $1000 Awards:  2
Deadline:  September 30
2019

Writers' Square Scholarship Program

This essay contest is open to U.S. and international students who are in first grade through graduate school. Contest winners may be asked to attend the awards banquet in California at their own cost to receive their prize.

Total: $1000 Awards:  45
Deadline:  September 30
2019

Price Benowitz Social Justice Scholarship

This scholarship program is open to U.S. undergraduate and graduate students who possess an interest in social justice, as demonstrated by past and present volunteer, professional, and educational experiences. Students must have a grade point average of 3.0 or higher.

Total: $2000 Awards:  1
Deadline:  September 30
2019

Oleg Fastovsky Outstanding Citizen Scholarship/Essay Contest

This scholarship is open to U.S. undergraduate and graduate students who demonstrate a commitment to community service and citizenry. Students must have a grade point average of 3.0 or higher.

Total: $500 Awards:  1
Deadline:  September 30
2019

Writer's Digest Poetry Awards Program

This poetry contest is open to any student who submits an original, unpublished poem of no longer than 32 lines and the submission fee.

Total: $1000 Awards:  10
Deadline:  October 1
2019

Power Poetry Scholarship Slam

This poetry contest is available for young poets in the United States who submit an original poem on the current scholarship slam topic.

Total: $1000 Awards:  1
Deadline:  October 3
2019

AES Engineering Scholarship Program

The AES Engineering Scholarship Program is available to any student looking to further his/her education. An essay is required to apply for this award.

Total: $500 Awards:  1
Deadline:  October 6
2019

NFAA youngARTS Program

This award is for U.S. students 15 to 18 years old, or those in grades 10 through 12, who have a talent for the arts.

Total: $10000 Awards:  400
Deadline:  October 11
2019

Branson Shows Inspired Scholarship

This scholarship is open to U.S. students who are 16 to 19 years of age and are planning to enroll or are enrolled in an institution of higher education. Students must submit an essay related to a Branson (MO) show; students may research if they have not seen a show in person.

Total: $1000 Awards:  1
Deadline:  October 15
2019

Bay Alarm Medical Scholarship

This scholarship is open to U.S. high school seniors and undergraduate students who are involved in a community service effort/volunteer opportunity where they work with the elderly or who participate in caregiving duties for an elderly relative living in their home. Students must submit an essay to apply.

Total: $2500 Awards:  3
Deadline:  October 31
2019

Patriot's Pen Essay Writing Contest

U.S. students enrolled in grades six through eight are eligible for this award. Students must submit a typewritten essay between 300 and 400 words in length on the current year's topic.

Total: $5000 Awards:  54
Deadline:  October 31
2019