Poetry Scholarships

Do you enjoy poetry? There is a growing list of scholarships and contests for students who enjoy poetry. All you have to do is submit your own poems. Some have specific requirements while others allow you to submit your favorite piece of original poetry.

Student Essay Contest
Sponsor: The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Amount: Up to $100
Closing Date: March 30, 2020
Description: Contest is open to U.S. students in grades 4-5. Student my submit short essay, short/story/historical fiction, or poem on a topic or era on “My State” (Grade 4) or “My Country” (Grade 5).

Scholarship Poetry Contest
Sponsor: Live Poets Society of New Jersey
Amount: Up to $500
Closing Date: March 31, 2020
Description: Scholarship is open to all U.S. high school students. Applicant must submit an original poem with 20 lines or less.

Frame My Future Contest
Sponsor: Church Hill Classics
Amount: Up to $5,000
Closing Date: April 1, 2020
Description: Contest is open to legal U.S. residents who will be a full-time student at a U.S. college or university in the 2020-2021 academic year. Applicant must share how they envision their future. Student can choose to share through poetry, photography, ink, collage, painting, mixed media, or graphic design – as long as it is an original creation.

Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest
Sponsor: Winning Writers
Amount: Up to $1,000
Closing Date: April 1, 2020
Description: Contest is open to poets of all ages and from all nations. Contestant must submit one English poem only with a maximum of 250 lines.

Easter Scholarship
Sponsor: MoneySolver
Amount: $1,000
Closing Date: April 30, 2020
Description: Scholarship is open to student who are at least 18 years of age and are currently, have been, or will be enrolled (or enroll no later than the fall of 2022) in an accredited post-secondary institution of higher learning. Applicant must submit an essay, poem or limerick sharing why you like (or dislike) Easter.

Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowships
Sponsor: Poetry Foundation
Amount: Varies
Closing Date: April 30, 2020
Description: Program is open to individuals who are at least 21 years of age and no older than 31 years of age, Applicant must submit ten pages of poems.

1800wheelchair.com Scholarship
Sponsor: 1800wheelchair.com
Amount: $500
Closing Date: May 30, 2020
Description: Scholarship is open to graduating high school seniors and current undergraduate and graduate students. Applicant must submit a “visual poem,” in a style of their choosing, on the theme of overcoming a personal challenge.

Poetry Card Contest
Sponsor: Blue Mountain Arts
Amount: Up to $350
Closing Date: June 30, 2020
Description: Contestant must submit an original poem.

Barbara Mandigo Kelly Peace Poetry Awards
Sponsor: Nuclear Age Peace Foundation
Amount: Varies
Closing Date: July 1, 2020
Description: Contest is open to people of all ages. Contestants must submit a poem or poems that explore and illuminate positive visions of peace and the human spirit. There is no entry fee for youth 12 years of age or under.

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