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Creative Writing Scholarships

There are lots of scholarship opportunities for students who are talented creative writers. Here are a few that can help you pay for your college tuition.

Signet Classic Student Scholarship

This scholarship is an essay contest for high school juniors and seniors. The program awards five students a $1,000 scholarship. The winners’ schools will receive a Signet Classics library. Keep in mind that your essay must be submitted by your English teacher or parent or legal guardian if you are homeschooled.

Each year the essay topic is about a different classic book. Applicants are given a few different prompts to choose from, will write a two to three page essay (double spaced) and submit it with cover letter.

Annual deadlines and essay details can be found on the website. All submissions need to be mailed to Penguin Group (USA) Inc., Academic Marketing Department, Signet Classics Student Scholarship Essay Contest (insert contest number here) at 375 Hudson Street, New York, New York 10014.

Family Travel Forum Teen Travel Writing Scholarship

This scholarship is offered by the Family Travel Forum and the Society of American Travel Writers and awards three students with scholarship funds. The first place winner receives $1,000 and a vacation for four to Universal Orlando Resort, the second place winner receives $500 and the third place winner receives $200. Additionally, 25 honorable mention winners will win travel prizes and one honorary award will be given for the best photography and one for the best video. Some entries will be published on

To qualify, you must be at the eighth through twelfth grade level, sign up for and submit your application according to specific requirements on the website. The submission form is available on the website.

Go On Girl Book Club, Inc. Aspiring Writer Scholarship

This scholarship is for a $500 scholarship and the winner will be invited to attend an awards ceremony. If you win this scholarship, your essay may be published in the group’s newsletter or on its website.

If you want to apply for this scholarship you must be a full-time sophomore or junior majoring in Literature, English, Journalism or a related area of study. You must also be attending a historically Black school with a grade point average of at least a 3.0. The application process includes submitting a 500-word essay and letters of recommendation as outlined on the website. Deadlines and more details can be found on the website.

Applications must be mailed to Go On Girl! Awards Committee | Aspiring Writer Award at P.O. Box 3368 New York, New York 10185.

Veterans of Foreign Wars Voice of Democracy Scholarship

This scholarship is for students in the ninth through twelfth grades and awards one winner with a $30,000 scholarship. The entry from is available on the website, which also provides annual deadlines.

For this scholarship, you will submit your essay along with a recording of you reading your submission. Essays will be judged on imagination, human interest, clearly expressed ideas, theme, smooth transitions and how well you deliver your essay.

Scholastic Art & Writing Awards

This scholarship has been around since 1923, making it a very established contest. Students in the seventh through twelfth grades may submit essays in several different categories, including dramatic script, short story, poetry, personal essay, humor, science fiction and fantasy and several other categories. Entries are judged for technical skill, originality and the author’s voice or vision.

Several different awards are given to students who enter. A complete list of awards, yearly deadlines and application information can be found on the website.

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