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.

O Captain, My Captain Scholarship Slam
Sponsor: Power Poetry
Amount: $1,000
Closing Date: October 25, 2018
Description: Scholarship is open to current and former high school students who are under the age of 25. and will be attending a college in the U.S. Applicant must submit a poem on, “Who or what has had the greatest influence/impact on your life.”

Drop Essay Contest
Sponsor: Black Women for Positive Change
Amount: Up to $250
Closing Date: October 26, 2018
Description: Contest is open to youth ages 12-18 years of age who plan to stay in school and earn their high school diploma or GED to prepare for success. Applicant must watch a docu-short and then subit a one minute essay, two-minute rap on video, poem, or artwork to describe their reaction to the film, opportunities that interest them, and the kind of support they need to follow their dreams.

National Poetry Competition
Sponsor: The Poetry Society
Amount: Varies
Closing Date: October 31, 2018
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 Applicant must submit a previously unpublished single poem.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, 2018
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).

Poetry Card Contest
Sponsor: Blue Mountain Arts
Amount: Up to $350
Closing Date: December 31, 2018
Description: Contestant must submit an original poem.

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

1800wheelchair.com Scholarship
Sponsor: 1800wheelchair.com
Amount: $500
Closing Date: May 1, 2019
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.

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