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.

Colorism Healing Writing Contests
Sponsor: Colorism Healing
Amount: $75
Closing Date: April 30, 2018
Description: Contest is open to adults and youth. Applicant must submit an essay or poem on a given topic related to colorism.

Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowships
Sponsor: Poetry Foundation
Amount: Varies
Closing Date: April 30, 2018
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 1, 2018
Description: Scholarship is open to graduating high school seniors and current college students. Applicant must submit a “visual poem,” in a style of their choosing, on the theme of overcoming a personal challenge.

#ArriveAliveTX Distracted Driving Scholarship
Sponsor: Patterson Law Group
Amount: $2,108
Closing Date: May 30, 2018
Description: Scholarship is open to Texas full-time students, entering or attending an accredited university or law school in the United States with at least a 3.0 GPA. Applicant must submit a video, short writing (three paragraphs or less) or poem, or photo or graphic on a subject related to reduce the number of truck accidents due to distracted driving in Texas.

Narrative Prize
Sponsor: Narrative
Amount: $4,000
Closing Date: June 15, 2018
Description: Contest is open to anyone with a talent for writing. Contestant can submit a short story, novel excerpt, poem, one-act play, graphic story, or work of literary nonfiction.

Ocean Awareness Student Contest
Sponsor: From the Bow Seat
Amount: Up to $1,500
Closing Date: June 18, 2018
Description: Contest is open to middle and high school students from around the world between the ages of 11 and 18 years of age. Applicant must focus on this year theme of “Our Oceans in a Changing Climate” and submit a piece of art, poetry, prose, film or music on this year’s theme.

Poetry Card Contest
Sponsor: Blue Mountain Arts
Amount: Up to $350
Closing Date: June 30, 2018
Description: Contestant must submit an original poem.

Scholarship Poetry Contest
Sponsor: Live Poets Society of New Jersey
Amount: Up to $500
Closing Date: June 30, 2018
Description: Scholarship is open to all U.S. high school students. Applicant must submit an original poem with 20 lines or less.

Barbara Mandigo Kelly Peace Poetry Awards
Sponsor: Nuclear Age Peace Foundation
Amount: Varies
Closing Date: July 1, 2018
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.

Learn Between the Lines Scholarship Slam
Sponsor: Power Poetry
Amount: $1,000
Closing Date: July 11, 2018
Description: Scholarship is open to current and former high school students who are under the age of 25. Applicant must submit an original poem on, “What is something that poetry has taught you?”

Junior Poet’s Contest
Sponsor: The Critical Pass Review
Amount: $100
Closing Date: September 1, 2018
Description: Contest is open to students between the ages of 13 and 18. Contestant can group up to five poems to be considered for the contest.

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