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.

DirectTextbook.com Haiku Scholarship Contest
Sponsor: DirectTextbook.com
Amount: $500
Closing Date: September 18, 2019
Description: Contest is open to high school graduates who are legal residents of the United States and currently enrolled in an accredited two or four-year college or university for Fall 2019. Applicant must submit an original haiku poem that captures the essence of what the word “Appetite” means to them.

Just Poetry Contest
Sponsor: American High School Poets
Amount: Up to $500
Closing Date: September 30, 2019
Description: Scholarship is open to all U.S. high school students. Applicant must submit an original poem with 20 lines or less.

Tom Howard/Margaret Reid Poetry Contest
Sponsor: Winning Writers
Amount: Up to $2,000
Closing Date: September 30, 2019
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.

Modern Myths Scholarship Slam
Sponsor: Power Poetry
Amount: $1,000
Closing Date: October 3, 2019
Description: Contest is open to legal residents of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia who 25 years old or younger and are current or former high school students who will attend or is attending a college within the United States or its territories. Applicant must submit a poem on a myth.

National Poetry Competition
Sponsor: The Poetry Society
Amount: Up to £5000
Closing Date: October 31, 2019
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 Applicant must submit a previously unpublished single poem.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, 2019
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).

Text Free for Tita Bi-Annual Scholarship
Sponsor: Patterson Law Group
Amount: $1,000
Closing Date: December 15, 2019
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 reducing the number of truck accidents due to distracted driving in Texas.

Poetry Card Contest
Sponsor: Blue Mountain Arts
Amount: Up to $350
Closing Date: December 31, 2019
Description: Contestant must submit an original poem.

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.

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.

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