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.

Scholarship Poetry Contest
Sponsor: Live Poets Society of New Jersey
Amount: Up to $500
Closing Date: September 30, 2017
Description: Scholarship is open to all U.S. high school students. Applicant must submit an original poem with 20 lines or less.

National Poetry Competition
Sponsor: The Poetry Society
Amount: Varies
Closing Date: October 31, 2017
Description: Competition is open to anyone aged 17 or over at the time of entering. International entries are welcome. Applicant must submit a previously unpublished single poem.

Young Writers Awards
Sponsor: Bennington College
Amount: Up to $500
Closing Date: November 1, 2017
Description: Students in the 10th, 11th, and 12th grades can enter in one of the following categories: poetry (a group of three poems), fiction (a short story or one-act play), or nonfiction (a personal or academic essay. All entries must be original work and sponsored by a high school teacher).

#BECAUSEILOVEYOU Scholarship Slam
Sponsor: Power Poetry
Amount: $1,000
Closing Date: November 7, 2017
Description: Scholarship is open to students 25 years or younger who are current or former high school students and who attend or is attending college within the U.S. or its territories. Applicant must submit an original poem on what “healthy relationship” means to them.

Poetry Card Contest
Sponsor: Blue Mountain Arts
Amount: Up to $350
Closing Date: December 31, 2017
Description: Contestant must submit an original poem.

Practice Acts of Kindness (Random Optional) Mini Contest
Sponsor: Project Paradigm
Amount: $500
Closing Date: December 31, 2017
Description: Contest is open to students aged 4 to 18 years of age worldwide. Student must share their random or non-random acts of kindness by creating a video, poem, story, drawing, photograph, or anything else that captures one of their acts of kindness.

Scholarship Poetry Contest
Sponsor: Live Poets Society of New Jersey
Amount: Up to $500
Closing Date: December 31, 2017
Description: Scholarship is open to all U.S. high school students. Applicant must submit an original poem with 20 lines or less.

Scholarship Poetry Contest
Sponsor: Live Poets Society of New Jersey
Amount: Up to $500
Closing Date: March 31, 2018
Description: Scholarship is open to all U.S. high school students. Applicant must submit an original poem with 20 lines or less.

Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest
Sponsor: Winning Writers
Amount: Up to $1,000
Closing Date: April 1, 2018
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.

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.

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