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Do you love to write? Are you interested in earning some money to lower your tuition expenses? If so, below is a list of scholarships that talented writers may want to consider:
Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowships are open to any poets who reside in the United States and who are between the ages of twenty one and thirty one years of age. A total of five recipients will be selected each year. Each award provides $25,800 to support students to further their education and study of poetry. Previous awardees have found success in the writing industry and a biography along with their publications can be seen on the funding website, which is located at: http://www.poetryfoundation.org/foundation/prizes_fellowship.
Power Poetry Scholarships provide funding for eight scholarships. These awards are available to high school students and college students who reside in the U.S. In order to be eligible for this award, students must be between 13 to 25 years of age. In order to be considered, students must register on the website and submit their poem. Poems can be submitted in any language as long as the English translation is included. Interested students can read more about how the winner will be chosen and about previous winners on the blog link. In addition, more information about the scholarships can be found here: http://www.powerpoetry.org/content/scholarship-faq.
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Stan and Tom Wick Poetry Prize offers awards of $2,500 to students at Kent State University. In order to be eligible, students must submit a full-length poem collection. A reading fee of $30 applies and entries must include fifty o seventy pages, with one poem per page. The author’s name may not be included, rather the name and title are given to the submissions manager. The work must be submitted to other publishers and received before May 1st. The winner will be notified towards the end of summer.
The Live Poets Society of New Jersey offers small awards ranging from $100 to $500 to high school students who write poetry. Students may submit a new poem every three months and winning poems will be published.
Poetry Out Loud offers a large award of up to $20,000. In order to be eligible, students must be high school students who are citizens of the United States. Students must start out competing in lower-level competitions, such as in the schools, before moving to state and national level competitions. Students must write poems and then read them out loud from memory. Additional information may be located at this website: http://www.poetryoutloud.org/competition/rules-and-eligiblity.
The Ambrose D. Pattullo Endowed Scholarship in Poetry in offered through Michigan State University. It is open to any MSU student interest in poetry. Undergraduate students are required to have a minimum of a 3.0 grade point average and graduate students are required to hold a 3.5 grade point average. Other universities offer poetry scholarships through their English departments or through school wide competitions. Students should inquire within their college or university to find out whether additional funding opportunities are available.
Author: Jeff Gitlen