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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.

American Bullion Scholarship

The American Bullion Scholarship is open to legal residents of the U.S. and students holding a valid U.S. visa. Students must be currently enrolled in college/university, and must submit an essay on the current year's topic relating to gold.

Total: $1000 Awards:  3
Deadline:  October 31
2018

"Seniors Helping Seniors" 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
2018

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
2018

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This poetry contest is open to any student who submits an original, unpublished poem of no longer than 32 lines and the $20 submission fee. The applicant may submit as many poems as he/she wishes, but a fee of $10 must be included for each additional poem.

Total: $1000 Awards:  10
Deadline:  November 1
2018

Harvey Fellowship

This award is available for U.S. and international Christian graduate students. Recipients are selected based on academic achievement and commitment to Christian values.

Total: $12000 Awards:  20
Deadline:  November 1
2018

Stop-Painting.com Essay Scholarships

U.S. college students enrolled full time are eligible for this award. To apply, students must submit an essay about organization.

Total: $1000 Awards:  2
Deadline:  November 15
2018

Couponing in College Scholarship

This scholarship is open to U.S. students who reside and attend school in the 50 United States and the District of Columbia and are currently enrolled in a college program. Students must write an essay on couponing and publish it online to apply.

Total: $1000 Awards:  2
Deadline:  November 16
2018

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
2018

TicketCity Annual College Scholarship Program

This scholarship essay contest is open to U.S. college freshmen, sophomores, and juniors who are enrolled full time in an accredited four-year university in the United States. Students must have a grade point average of 2.5 or higher.

Total: $3000 Awards:  1
Deadline:  December 1
2018

Center for Alcohol Policy Essay Contest

This essay contest is open to all persons who are over the age of 18 as of the entry deadline date. Essays of all formats are accepted as long as they are on the current year's topic.

Total: $5000 Awards:  3
Deadline:  December 7
2018

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 15
2018

2018 Skilled Labor Shortage Scholarship

This scholarship is available for U.S. and international students studying in the U.S. Applicants must be accepted to or currently enrolled in an undergraduate program. Selection will be based on essay submissions addressing the impact of green technology on home construction trends.

Total: $1000 Awards:  1
Deadline:  December 15
2018