Creative Writing Scholarships and Awards

Creative Writing Scholarships and Awards acknowledge excellence in creative writing by University of Louisville undergraduate and graduate students. Scholarship funds are distributed in varying amounts of tuition reimbursement. You do not have to be an English major to apply. Judges for the competition are the members of the English Department Creative Writing Committee.

The sum of all institutional aid received cannot exceed the university’s total standard direct cost of attendance plus a stipend. Items in the standard direct cost include regular on-campus tuition charges*, average room**, average board***, and average book costs***. For more information regarding the University stacking/overaward policy, be visit the following website:http://louisville.edu/financialaid/scholarships/overaward-stacking-policies

Award Amount: Varying amounts of tuition reimbursement
Deadline: Monday, March 29, 2021 no later than 4:00 P.M.
Submission Guidelines

University of Louisville Creative Writing Scholarship Application

Leon V. Driskell Award

The Driskell Award is given each year to the U of L undergraduate student who shows exceptional promise in Creative Writing. Students do not have to be English majors to apply.

Award Amount: $250     2021 Winner: Brady Alexander

Deadline: Monday, March 29, 2021 no later than 4:00 P.M.
Submission Guidelines

Leon V. Driskell Adward Application

Sara-Jean McDowell Award for Fiction

The McDowell Award is given each year to the U of L graduate student who shows exceptional promise as a fiction writer. Students must have a graduate standing but do not have to be graduate students in English to apply.

Award Amount: $500     2021 Winner: Madelaine Decker

Deadline: Monday, March 29, 2021 no later than 4:00 P.M.
Submission Guidelines

Sara-Jean McDowell Adward for Fiction Application

University of Louisville Creative Writing Award for Poetry

This Award is given each year to the U of L graduate student who shows exceptional promise as a poet. Students must have a graduate standing but do not have to be graduate students in English to apply.

Award Amount: $500

Deadline: Monday, March 29, 2021 no later than 4:00 P.M.
Submission Guidelines

University of Louisville Creative Writing Adward for Poetry Application

 2021 CW Scholarship Winners:

Stephan Carpenter            Delaney Henson              Roman Sauls

Ansle Combs IV                 Eli Hughes                       Eilieh Stokes

Eleanor Ferguson              Barbara McIntosh            Erin Wedemeyer

Jesse Gervasio                  Taylor Riley                      Calista White