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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.

Hawai'i Pacific University James Vaughan Award for Poetry

This poetry contest is open to international and U.S. high school seniors who reside in Hawaii.

Total: $250 Awards:  1
Deadline:  December 30
2018

FIRE's Freedom in Academia Essay Contest

This award is for U.S. high school juniors and seniors who submit a essay to the FIRE's scholarship.

Total: $10000 Awards:  8
Deadline:  December 31
2018

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:  December 31
2018

TableLegsOnline.com Future Entrepreneurs of America Scholarship

This scholarship is available for U.S. high school seniors and undergraduate students who have a passion for business and entrepreneurship.

Total: $500 Awards:  2
Deadline:  December 31
2018

Achieve Today Scholarship Fund

This scholarship is available for U.S. college students who submit an essay or video on any of the following principles of personal development and performance: the "law of attraction"; "attitude of gratitue"; "positive thinking"; focusing on things you can controls.

Total: $1000 Awards:  2
Deadline:  December 31
2018

ChameleonJohn.com USA University Student Scholarship

This scholarship is open to current and entering college/university students who will attend an institution in the United States. Students must submit short answers to three essay questions to apply.

Total: $500 Awards:  2
Deadline:  December 31
2018

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:  December 31
2018

Legal Blog Writing Contest

This writing contest is available for current law students who submit an article of 1,500 to 2,500 words on the topic of expert witness testimony in legal proceedings.

Total: $2000 Awards:  1
Deadline:  December 31
2018

Unigo Top Ten List Scholarship 2018

The Top Ten List Scholarship is open to US students who are 13 years of age and older and who are currently enrolled (or enroll no later than fall of 2024) in an accredited postsecondary institution of higher education. One winner will receive a $1,500 scholarship.

Total: $1500 Awards:  1
Deadline:  December 31
2018

Unigo $10K Scholarship

This $10,000 Unigo Scholarship is open to any applicant who is 13 years of age or older and is a legal resident of the 50 United States or the District of Columbia. The applicant must register for a free online account with Unigo.com and submit a short response to this year's topic as posted on the website.

Total: $10000 Awards:  1
Deadline:  December 31
2018

JonesTshirts.com "Love Your Career" Scholarship

This essay contest is open to students who will be enrolled in a college or university as of the application deadline date. The scholarship is limited to students attending school in the 50 United States.

Total: $1000 Awards:  2
Deadline:  January 7
2019

Bill McKnight Legacy Scholarship

This scholarship is available for LGBT students and straight allies who are studying art or humanities at an accredited college or university in the U.S. Preference is given to students residing in Kitsap County or Bainbridge Island in Washington State.

Total: $4160 Awards:  1
Deadline:  January 11
2019