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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.

Caring.com Student Caregiver Scholarship Program

This scholarship is available for U.S. undergraduate students who have experience working as a caregiver for another individual.

Total: $1500 Awards:  2
Deadline:  June 30
2019

Bounce Energy BE MORE Scholarship

This scholarship is available for high school seniors and current college students who are residents of Texas, or attend high school or college in Texas. Students must be under the age of 24 and must have a grade point average of 3.0 or higher.

Total: $2500 Awards:  1
Deadline:  June 30
2019

Slickdeals Saves U! Scholarship Contest

This scholarship contest is open to U.S. high school seniors and college students who will be enrolled in a full-time undergraduate program in the upcoming fall semester. Students must have a grade point average of 3.0 and submit an essay.

Total: $2500 Awards:  2
Deadline:  June 30
2019

Americanism Education Leaders Essay Contest

This essay contest is open to U.S. students who are currently enrolled in an undergraduate program. Students must submit an essay of 1,500 to 2,000 words on the current year's topic.

Total: $2500 Awards:  3
Deadline:  June 30
2019

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:  June 30
2019

Delete Cyberbullying Scholarship

U.S. high school or college students must submit an essay on one of the two cyberbullying topics listed on the Delete Cyberbullying website.

Total: $1000 Awards:  1
Deadline:  June 30
2019

Future Counselors of America Scholarship

U.S. undergraduate and graduate students who are majoring in psychology and plan to seek a career in relationship counseling or a related field are eligible for this award. Students must have a grade point average of 3.5 or higher and submit an essay on the psychology of online dating.

Total: $1000 Awards:  1
Deadline:  June 30
2019

The Cover Guy Annual Scholarship

This scholarship is open to undergraduate and graduate students enrolled at a college, university, or trade school in the United States or Canada. Students must submit an essay to apply.

Total: $500 Awards:  1
Deadline:  July 1
2019

ALBA George Watt Memorial Essay Contest

This writing contest is open to all undergraduate and graduate students who submit an essay of 3,500 to 12,500 words addressing one or more of the topics listed at the website. The work must be have been produced to fulfill an undergraduate or graduate course or degree requirement, and may be submitted in English or in Spanish.

Total: $1000 Awards:  5
Deadline:  July 1
2019

Savor Summer College Scholarship

This essay scholarship is open to high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors who have a grade point average of 3.0 or higher.

Total: $500 Awards:  1
Deadline:  July 1
2019

FFRF College Essay Competition - Michael Hakeem Memorial Award

This writing contest is for currently enrolled North American undergraduate students who consider themselves to be atheist/agnostic/freethinkers/unbelievers. Students must be 24 years of age or younger.

Total: $3500 Awards:  12
Deadline:  July 1
2019

'Signal Grace' Scholarship Essay Contest

This essay contest is open to U.S. high school and college students who submit an essay on the book "Signal Grace" by T.M. Yates. Students must attend a U.S. institution, except for students residing in or attending school in Rhode Island.

Total: $1000 Awards:  1
Deadline:  July 4
2019