Do you have a way with words and a lyrical flow? If so, you can get some much-needed help for college through poetry scholarships. There are a wide variety of these scholarships available, making it sure that there are those that fit your personal qualifications and needs. If you are a published or aspiring poet and are pursuing a college education, check into these fantastic poetry scholarship opportunities:
Poetry Society of America
The Poetry Society of America offers a wide variety of poetry scholarships each year, from individual awards to book awards. Submissions are accepted by the PSA between October 1 and December 22 each year. If you are interested in applying, you may submit entries for all contests in which you are interested by submitting each entry with a cover page and two collated copies of your poetry. Entries may not include translations, collaborative work, or poems that have previously won a PSA award. PSA members may enter contests at no cost while non-members must pay a $15 entry fee. For a cover sheet template, full details on all contests, and submission information, visit the official website at PoetrySociety.org.
Amy Lowell Poetry Traveling Scholarship
Amy Lowell was an American poet who died in 1925. In her will, she established a scholarship fund to allow talented American born poets to travel abroad for one year. This fantastic poetry scholarship is valued at around $52,000 and requires that winners spend one year outside the United States. To be eligible, applicants must be either born in America or born outside the country to citizens of the United States. To apply, candidates must submit applications by October 15 and must submit samples of recent work. Applicants for the scholarship do not have to be published, but must be enrolled in a college or university. Full information and a downloadable application is available at AmyLowell.org.
National Federation of State Poetry Societies
The National Federation of State Poetry Societies, or NFSPS, is an educational and literary non-profit organization. The mission of the NFSPS is to further poetry at a national level and to recognize the value of poetry as related to national heritage. Each year, the NFSPS provides poetry scholarships totaling $6,000, with the grand prize being valued at $1,500. The contests are open to all students at accredited colleges and universities. Applicants must submit an official notarized application along with four copies of ten unpublished poems. The contest has very specific submission guidelines that must be followed completely to be valid. All materials must be submitted between January 1 and February 14. Full scholarship details and applications are available at the official scholarship site at http://www.nfsps.com/scholarship.htm.
Poet in Residence at the Frost Place
Robert Frost is perhaps one of the most well-known and loved poets of all time. This poetry scholarship is designed to offer help to a poet who is at a personal and artistic crossroad. Winners will receive $1,000 from the Frost Place as well as an additional $1,000 from Dartmouth College. Winners will also receive a residency at Robert Frost’s home in Franconia, New Hampshire from July 1 to August 31. Eligible applicants must have at least one published book of poetry and must submit the application by December 31, 2012. Further information and applications are available at the official scholarship site at https://thefrostplace.submittable.com/submit/15538.
Stan and Tom Wick Poetry Prize
This is one of the many poetry scholarships that are for students who have not published a full-length poetry collection. Winners receive a $2,500 award as well as the publication of his or her first full poetry book by Kent State University Press. To enter, students must submit between 50 and 70 pages of poetry as well as a $28 reading fee. Submissions may be mailed between February 1 and May 1 or may be submitted electronically through the official scholarship site at the Wick Poetry Center site.
These wonderful poetry scholarships provide a way for creative poets to pay for college and to further their life experience and creativity. If you are a poet, this is an excellent way to get recognition for your accomplishments and to reach your future goals.