Whether it’s prose or haiku or any style in between, if you have a passion for poetry it could earn you money for your education. You might not instantly become a famous writer but you will become $500 – $10,000 richer than you would be just keeping your words to yourself. Not to mention how exciting it would be to have your some of your first work published. Here is a list of scholarship to get you started.
Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowships
If you’re a poet you’ve probably heard of Poetry Magazine. It’s the oldest running publication devoted solely to the writing genre of poetry. It also famously ran the first poems of T.S. Eliot, William Carlos Williams and Marianne Moore. Wouldn’t you want to be among a list like that? You can be thanks to the Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowships that offers five generous awards of $25,800 each to aspiring and talented poets. Entrants should be between the ages of 21 and 31 years of age and a citizen of the U.S. Application packages should be submitted online and contain 10 pages of poetry prefaced by a writer’s statement.
Words Writing Contest
One thousand words, $1,000. If you love to tell a story wrapped in a poem why not give it a go. Entrants must be enrolled in grades 6-12 anywhere in the world. The submission bus be exactly 1000 words, be of appropriate content with no vulgar nuances or the like and must never have been published. The rules are quite minimal. There will be two winners announced, one each in the category of grades 6-8 and grades 9-12. Winners will be awarded a $1,000 scholarship prize. Any non-prize winning poet who’s piece of poetry is selected to be published in Bluefire, the publication, will be awarded a $50.00 prize. The scholarship deadline is updated annually. You can find more details about the application process here.
You, Me, and Poetry Scholarship Slam
Power Poetry is offering $1,000 awards to students 25 years old and younger and who are attending or attended a U.S. high school. Students must plan to or be or are currently enrolled in a college or university including graduate students. In order to become an entrant in the competition students must register as a member on the site before submitting the poem. The topic, length and content is completely open and up to the poet. Scholarship deadlines are updated annually on the website. You can find examples of submission, memberships, and past winners online.
Rattle Poetry Prize
Rattle is offering a $10,000 prize to one winner of their international poetry contest. Submissions must be original and never been published before. There is an application fee of $20 which also serves as the one year Rattle membership fee. Entrants may submit four poems of any length or content or style at one time. More than one packet of four many be submitted; however, each packet of four requires a $20 fee. There will also be ten finalists receiving $200.00 each and have their poetry published as well as entered into the Reader’s Choice Award, the winner of which will receive an additional $2,000. The submission deadline is July 15th. More information can be found online.
COE College Writing Scholarship
Coe College, a liberal arts, private four-year college in Iowa was established in 1851 with an affiliation to the Presbyterian Church. It traditionally ranks as one of the best small college in U.S News & World Reports. Coe offers over 40 different majors and four different degrees to its 1,300 undergraduates. Coe is a division III school offering various men’s and women’s sports including baseball, golf, tennis and track and field.
The Writing Scholarship available at Coe College is open to any genre of writer including poets. In order qualify, students must be enrolled at Coe College, or have completed an application for admissions. In addition, a 5-20 page portfolio containing two different styles of writing samples must be prepared along with a two – three page writer’s statement. More information about the scholarship school particulars can be found on their site.