Five Scholarships for Poets, Writers & Book Lovers

writingThere’s a rumor that you can’t make money through writing. English poet Robert Graves even said, “There’s no money in poetry, but then there’s no poetry in money, either.” Sorry Graves, but there’s no truth to your words in this case! We’ve uncovered five scholarships for you blossoming writers and literature lovers out there, so see if you can turn your pen into gold by applying to one of the following.

1. Ruth Lilly Poetry Fellowships

Award: $15,000
Intended to promote the study and writing of poetry, this fellowship from the Poetry Foundation is open to all US poets between 21 and 31 years of age.  Winners will be featured in an issue of Poetry with some of the best-known names in American poetry. Pretty cool, no?

2.  Jane Austen Society of North America Essay Contest

Award: $250 – $1,000
It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a college student must be in want of free money. Are you a fan of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice? This contest requires applicants to write an essay that addresses a given topic to Austen’s most famous novel.

3. Letters About Literature Competition

Award: $50-$1000
Ever want to tell your favorite author how much their work meant to you? Here’s your chance (and you may win some cash too!). Applicants must write a letter to an author and state how their novel, nonfiction, or poetry helped them learn more about themselves.

4. Nicholas A. Virgilio Memorial Haiku Competition

Award: $50
Have a talent for the unique form of poetry that is the haiku? To participate in this competition, applicants must submit up to three original, unpublished haiku poems. Winning poems will be published in the Frogpond, the Journal of the Haiku Society of America.

5. Ayn Rand “The Fountainhead” Essay Contest

Award: $50 – $10,000
Have you ever read Ayn Rand’s The Fountainhead? The Ayn Rand Institute sponsors an essay contest that requires applicants to write an essay on a given topic related to the book. Additional contests are available for multiple grade levels and other books–check out the institute’s website for more information.

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