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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.

Clean Air Choice® Biodiesel Essay Scholarship

This essay contest is open to Minnesota high school seniors who wish to continue their education after high school. Students must write a 1,000-word essay on a biodiesel topic to apply.

Total: $1000 Awards:  2
Deadline:  March 29
2019

Toyota/UNCF Scholarship

This scholarship is open to U.S. college freshmen who are enrolled at selected HBCUs in an eligible major. Students must have a grade point average of 3.0 or higher.

Total: $7500 Awards:  6
Deadline:  March 30
2019

Strong Roots Scholarship and Essay Contest

This scholarship is open to U.S. high school seniors, undergraduates, and graduate students who possess an interest in community building as demonstrated by their resume and application essay. Students must have a grade point average of 3.0 or higher.

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

Aspiring Author Scholarship

This award is for U.S. female sophomore and junior students of African descent who are enrolled full time in an English, literature, journalism or related area of study at a Historically Black college or university. Students must have a grade point average of 2.5 or better and submit a 800-word essay on the topic the power of the written word.

Total: $1000 Awards:  1
Deadline:  March 31
2019

PlumbersStock Student Scholarship Contest

This scholarship contest is open to high school seniors and currently enrolled students who plan to have a career in plumbing, HVAC, or sprinkler/irrigation systems (or a related field such as construction management). Students must submit a "how to" video on a home repair topic to apply.

Total: $2000 Awards:  3
Deadline:  March 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:  March 31
2019

BHD Endowed Scholarship Fund for Teachers

This award is available for permanent residents of Maryland with an interest in a teaching career. Candidates must have an undergraduate degree in the liberal arts, sciences or mathematics and be pursuing a master's degree in education.

Total: $2500 Awards:  10
Deadline:  April 1
2019

Alice Conger Patterson Scholarship

This scholarship is open to women who are 23 years of age or older and attend or plan to attend select NC institutions. Students must have a grade point average of 2.6 or higher, pursue a liberal arts degree, and demonstrate financial need.

Total: $1000 Awards:  1
Deadline:  April 1
2019

Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe, LLP Scholarship Program

This scholarship contest is open to U.S. high school seniors and current college/university students. Students must submit an essay to be considered; public voting for finalists' essays will determine the winners.

Total: $1000 Awards:  5
Deadline:  April 5
2019

DISTCO Digital Storytelling Contest

The DISTCO Digital Storytelling Contest is available to U.S. and international students currently enrolled in high school and planning to attend North American College in Houston, TX.

Total: $2000 Awards:  18
Deadline:  April 9
2019

Lawrence Alan Spiegel Remembrance Scholarship

Maine high school seniors are eligible to enter this essay contest. Students must submit an essay about remembrance of the Holocaust to enter.

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

The R.L. Gillette, Gladys C. Anderson, and Karen D. Carsel Memorial Scholarship

U.S. female undergraduate students who are pursuing a degree in music are eligible for this award. Students must be legally blind (i.e., have best corrected visual acuity of 20/200 or less in the better eye, and/or a visual field of less than 20 degrees in the better eye).

Total: $3500 Awards:  1
Deadline:  April 15
2019