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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.

TheBestSchools.org Online Learning Scholarship

This scholarship is open to U.S. students who are enrolled in an online degree program (defined as taking 80 percent or more of courses online). Student must be at least 18 years of age and have a grade point average of 3.0 or higher.

Total: $1000 Awards:  6
Deadline:  November 30
2019

A. Poulin, Jr. Poetry Prize

U.S. citizens/legal residents who are 18 years of age or older are eligible to enter this poetry contest for publication of a book-length collection of poems. Entrants must have not yet published a full-length book of poetry at the time of entry.

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

Unigo College Review Scholarship

This $1,000 Unigo College Review Scholarship is open to any applicant who is enrolled in college 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 an online review about his/her college.

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

Fleet Reserve Association Essay Contest

U.S. citizens/permanent residents in grades 7 through 12 are eligible to enter this contest. Students must be sponsored by a member or unit of the Fleet Reserve Association (FRA) to apply.

Total: $5000 Awards:  18
Deadline:  December 1
2019

Scholastic Art & Writing Award

This award is for students attending U.S. or Canadian schools, or American schools abroad. Students must be in grades 7-12 and submit a written work or original work of art.

Total: $10000 Awards:  30
Deadline:  December 1
2019

Kush Arora Federal Justice Reform Scholarship

This scholarship program is open to U.S. undergraduate and graduate students (including incoming freshmen) who submit an essay on the current year's topic. Students must be in good academic standing with a grade point average of 3.0 or higher.

Total: $500 Awards:  1
Deadline:  December 15
2019

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
2019

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
2019

Unigo Top Ten List Scholarship

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 2025) in an accredited postsecondary institution of higher education. One winner will receive a $1,500 scholarship.

Total: $1500 Awards:  1
Deadline:  December 31
2019

NRA Civil Rights Defense Fund Youth Essay Contest

This contest is available for students currently enrolled in elementary, junior high or high school during the 2014-2015 school year. To apply, applicants must submit a short essay response to the question listed at the website.

Total: $475 Awards:  8
Deadline:  December 31
2019

Kerri Castellini Women's Leadership Scholarship

This scholarship is open to female-identifying undergraduate and graduate students who exhibit strong leadership skills, as demonstrated by past and present educational, professional, and volunteer experiences. Students must have a grade point average of 3.0 or higher.

Total: $500 Awards:  1
Deadline:  December 31
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:  December 31
2019