Creative Writing Scholarships and Prizes

Requirements

(Application deadline for these awards is the last day of Winter Quarter, unless otherwise indicated.)

English department Creative Writing scholarships are available to UW Seattle English majors enrolled as an undergraduate for two quarters by the application deadline. Scholarships are awarded by the English Department Creative Writing Program and are announced before the end of Spring quarter. All current English majors are invited to apply.

Requirements:

  • UW GPA of 3.5
  • UW English GPA of 3.7
  • Minimum of 10 credits of UW English course work completed
  • During the term of the scholarship, recipients must enroll in a minimum of 6 credits each quarter

How to Apply

Because of Covid safety restrictions, please send the following items as individual attachments to: cwriting@uw.edu

  • ONE Cover Sheet  (pdf)  - Your name as the Attachment title
  • ONE Biographical statement, including a brief description of financial need.  Not more than 250 words - Your name as the Attachment title
  • Creative Writing Sample for EACH CONTEST (Attachment title should be CONTEST NAME  and your initials):

AUTHOR'S NAME SHOULD  NOT APPEAR ON THE CREATIVE WRITING SAMPLE FOR ANY AWARD.

INCLUDE THE CONTEST NAME AND YOUR INITIALS AS A HEADER ON EACH PAGE OF THE CREATIVE SUBMISSION (ex. Milliman - DC, Van Buren - DC) 

Note that some awards have specific requirements.  If no requirements are listed in the contest descriptions below, please follow these guidelines:  2-3 short stories or works of creative nonfiction or a novel excerpt (up to 30 pages/9,000 words). If you are excerpting from a longer work, please provide a synopsis of the whole. 

OR 

5-10 poems. 

Winners will be notified by the end of Spring Quarter.

For more information, please contact: cwriting@uw.edu

Prose

Charlotte Paul Reese Fiction Award

Undergraduate, $2,400 prize
OPEN THROUGH APPLICATION OR THROUGH NOMINATION BY FACULTY.  Currently enrolled Sophomore and Junior English Majors only may apply.  Submit 2-3 short stories or a novel excerpt (up to 30 pages/9,000 words). If you are excerpting from a longer work, please provide a synopsis of the whole.

Eugene Van Buren Prize for Fiction

Undergraduate/Graduate $6,000  to be divided among 1 or 2 winners

OPEN THROUGH NOMINATION BY FACULTY ONLY
Any registered graduate or undergraduate student at the University of Washington is eligible. The award is based on the quality of their novel or collection of several short stories, presented anonymously.  Submit 2-3 short stories or a novel excerpt (up to 30 pages/9,000 words).  If you are excerpting from a longer work, please provide a synopsis of the whole.

David Guterson Award

Graduate, fiction $1500
OPEN to MFA prose writers completing their degrees only. Please email cwriting@uw.edu if you'd like to be considered for this award. Finalists will be asked to submit a copy of their MFA Creative Project. Deadline: May 3.

Poetry

Joan Grayston Poetry Prize

One prize for an Undergraduate & one prize for a Graduate student $1,500 each
Any graduate or undergraduate student may apply.  Students may submit as many poems as they like, up to a total of 100 lines.

Arthur Oberg Award for Poetry

Undergraduate $2,000 ( $1,000 per  winner if co-winners are selected)
Any undergraduate student who has taken a beginning or intermediate poetry writing class this year may apply. Students may submit as many poems as they like, with a ceiling of 150 lines.

Academy of American Poets Prize

Undergraduate/Graduate $100
Any graduate or undergraduate student may apply.  This prize is awarded for the best poem or group of poems.  Submit up to three poems anonymously.  

Prose or Poetry

Grace Milliman Pollock Scholarship for Creative Writing

poetry & prose, $11,000
Any graduate or undergraduate student who is preparing for a career in creative writing or in the teaching of creative writing, who is currently enrolled at the University of Washington, and who will be enrolled in the following academic year may apply.  Must have completed at least two years of college-level work.  the award is based on demonstrated talent in creative writing, academic standing, and, between applicants of equal rank in the foregoing criteria, financial need. 

Edith K Draham Scholarship

Undergraduate $6,000
Full-time Sophomore and Junior English Majors only may apply.  The award is based on financial need and the submission of a sample of creative writing.  Priority will be given to students in good academic standing and students MUST be eligible for financial aid.

Bentley MFA Award in Creative Writing

One award in poetry and one in prose, $1,500 each
Any MFA student completing their first year in the program may apply for this scholarship.  One award will be given for prose and one will be given for poetry.  

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