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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.

Platt Family Scholarship Prize Essay Contest

International and U.S. full-time students attending a U.S. college are eligible to enter this essay contest. Students must have been enrolled in college during the spring 2015 semester to be eligible.

Total: $1500 Awards:  3
Deadline:  July 31
2018

Avonte Oquendo Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship is open to U.S. undergraduate and graduate students who have been, or who have a family member who has been, diagnosed with a form of autism (including Asperger Syndrome). Students must submit an essay on an autism-related topic to be considered.

Total: $1000 Awards:  1
Deadline:  July 31
2018

Christopher W. Keyser Undergraduate Scholarship

This scholarship is open to U.S. undergraduate students who have a career interest in legal or criminal justice fields. Students must major in one of the following fields: criminal justice, pre-law studies, English, history, political science, journalism, or communications.

Total: $1000 Awards:  1
Deadline:  July 31
2018

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:  July 31
2018

Higher Education Academic Scholarship Program (Bright Flight)

This award is available to Missouri high school seniors who are planning to attend an eligible Missouri postsecondary institution. The student must have completed the SAT or ACT assessment during the senior year of high school and score within the top five percent of the state.

Total: $3000 Awards:  8000
Deadline:  July 31
2018

Auto-Pets™ "Out-Of-The-Box-Thinking" Scholarship

This essay contest is open to U.S. students enrolled in high school and college/university (undergraduate and graduate included). Students must submit an essay about a pet innovation idea and how the idea was conceptualized.

Total: $1250 Awards:  3
Deadline:  July 31
2018

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:  3
Deadline:  July 31
2018

Clubs of America Scholarship Award for Career Success

This award is available for U.S. and international undergraduate students who feel passionately about the career and educational path they are pursuing. Applicants must have a grade point average of 3.0 or higher and submit an essay about his/her chosen profession.

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

Summer of Zen Scholarship

The Summer of Zen Scholarship is available for U.S. high school students who are at least 13 years of age. To apply, students must submit a short essay on the topic of "staying zen." Click here to learn more and apply today!

Total: $500 Awards:  1
Deadline:  August 31
2018

All For Mailers Student Scholarship

This scholarship is open to high school seniors and current college/university students in the United States and Canada. Students must submit an essay on one of the current year's topics to apply.

Total: $500 Awards:  2
Deadline:  September 15
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:  September 30
2018