A Complete Guide to Creative Writing Scholarships, Grants and Training Programs
In today’s post, I will guide you about creative writing scholarships and grants that are available for students, aspiring to join creative writing courses or training programs.
Creative writing scholarships come in a wide array of packages; from the variance in the total gifted cash amount to the expertise for which they are granted i.e. poetry, fiction, non-fiction etc. In fact, I was quite impressed with the level of dedication that various commercial & non-profit organizations display towards the promotion of creative writing as a skill.
Levels of Scholarship Programs Offered
The scholarship programs are typically offered for the following levels:
- High School Level
- College Level
- Graduate Level
Types of Scholarship Programs
The scholarships offered normally include courses and programs in the following areas:
- Essay writing Scholarships
- Poetry Writing Scholarships
- Short Story Writing Scholarships
- Fiction Writing Scholarships
- English Writing Scholarships
There are creative writing scholarships for undergraduates & graduate degree programs.
Numerous renowned academias all across the United States offer creative writing college scholarships for both their undergrad and graduate degree students after they have completed the first semester of studies and proven their worth with a robust cumulative GPA.
Prominent Institutes Offering Scholarship Programs & Grants
Two of the more prominent institutes that have this initiative in practice are:
Ambrose D. Patullo Endowed Scholarship in Poetry Offered by Michigan State University
Michigan State University offers the “Ambrose D. Patullo Endowed Scholarship in Poetry” and the “OSE Foundation Creative Writing Scholarship in Poetry” respectively under the precinct of poetry scholarships.
OSE Foundation Creative Writing Scholarship in Poetry Offered by Oklahoma State University
Oklahoma State University is offering the “OSE Foundation Creative Writing Scholarship in Poetry” and in addition to the many scholarships, there are different creative writing grants up for grabs out there.
Ruth Lilly Poetry Fellowships
Some of the high paying grants that I happened to run through included “The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards” that gives away $10000 to senior year university students who are nearing in on the graduating date. The high paying private creative writing scholarships were inclusive of $15000 for distinguished young aspiring poets from Ruth Lilly Poetry Fellowships.
Barbara Mandigo Kelly Peace Poetry Award Offered by the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation
Barbara Mandigo Kelly Peace Poetry Award is sponsored by the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation favorable to poems creating a vision of peace. The youth category, for poets 18 and under, carries a prize of $200, while adults can win $1,000.
Live Poets Society of New Jersey
The Live Poets Society of New Jersey sponsors a poetry contest for high school students, with the winner receiving a $1,000 scholarship. The organization also publishes an annual anthology featuring the top poems.
Fiction Writing Scholarships
Al Neuharth Free Spirit Scholarship
“Of these students, two will be selected to receive $50,000 college scholarships. To apply, the application form must be completed and mailed to the Freedom Forum.”
Institute for Humane Studies, George Mason University
Institute for Humane Studies, George Mason Universityhey offers film and fiction writing scholarships of up to $10,000 for students pursuing a Master of Fine Arts Degree. You must be enrolled full-time (to any college) to apply. They also offer grants, host contests, offer paid internships, seminars and workshops.
University of Missouri-Kansas City
University of Missouri-Kansas City offers several poetry & fiction writing scholarships, from $75 to $25,000. Top scholarship amount is for entering graduate level students, covering two years of schooling.
Mississippi State University
Mississippi State University announces two scholarships each year, and will sometimes offer second to students with promising and creditable academic standing.
Knox College, Galesburg, Illinois
Interesting to me, this college was founded in 1837 by abolitionists (people against slavery). They offer up to $4000 in scholarships annually.
Short Stories Scholarships
Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future Contest
“No entry fee is required, and all rights in the story remain the property of the author. All types of science fiction, fantasy and horror with fantastic elements, are welcome.”
Alliance for Young Artists & Writers
Alliance for Young Artists & Writers offers grant awards for students in the grade range of 7-12 for art and writing in addition to aid for students to earn scholarships for college.
Michigan State University
Michigan University offers science fiction scholarships ranging from $100-1500. Most are between the standing of $300-800.
How to Apply for a Creative Writing Scholarship or Grant Program?
However, one should not get all excited and hyped up just by seeing those big figures because there is something to be mindful of; I came across it during the course of my research. During the course of your hunt for funds, you will come across many creative writing contests & creative writing competitions that will be flaunting generous short stories scholarships & even colossal fiction writing scholarships.
But there is catch to it; you have got to spend your own money – and I’m talking big bucks – to register for such contests. Plus the prize isn’t always readily awarded. Both the time delay and the fact that your wallet size just decreased makes that alternative a very frustrating one. Therefore, it is highly advised to get to know all the specifics of such events before accepting them.
So my dear friends, this is the feedback pertaining to creative writing scholarships that I can share with you at this point in time. I wish you the best of luck for all your future endeavors; both academic & personal. Cheers!