UNIVERSITY OF LOUISVILLE
CREATIVE WRITING SCHOLARSHIPS and AWARDS
DEADLINE: March 29, 2021 no later than 4:00 P.M.
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 scholarships and awards are open to University of Louisville students, both undergraduate and graduate, who have successfully completed at least one creative writing course in Spring 2020, Fall 2020 or are currently enrolled in a creative writing course in Spring 2021.
· Students are eligible for scholarships if they plan to graduate AFTER July 1, 2021. Note: If you are graduating BEFORE July 1, 2021 (for example: spring commencement) you may be eligible for awards, but not for scholarships. Scholarship funds are distributed in the form of tuition reimbursement and are therefore open only to students who will be enrolled in classes in the following academic year.
· Students who receive a scholarship must complete one creative writing course in the 2021-22 academic year. This does not apply to students who receive only a McDowell or Driskell award.
· Non-graduating undergraduate students are eligible for scholarships and the Leon V. Driskell Award. Students graduating before July 1, 2021 are eligible for the Driskell Award. A single application covers both opportunities.
· Non-graduating MA students are eligible for scholarships and the Sarah-jean McDowell Creative Writing Award. Students graduating before July 1, 2021 are eligible for the McDowell Award. A single application covers both opportunities.
· Ph.D. students are eligible for the Sarah-jean McDowell Creative Writing Award.
- Part-time status is acceptable if all other eligibility requirements are met.
· Prior to release of funds, all scholarships and awards are subject to administrative review for eligibility.
Students who wish to apply should prepare a submission containing the following material (please follow the directions closely):
1) A cover letter of less than 300 words that speaks to your experience in the creative writing program, including your participation in creative writing events beyond your course work. The letter should include your name, address (including zip code), university e-mail address, telephone number, student ID number, date of birth, level in school, list of creative writing courses taken (noting semester and year) and the name of the instructor/s; eligible students should also include the course number/instructor name of a creative writing course you would plan to take in 2021-2022 if given a scholarship. For all applicants, you must indicate the year and semester you plan to graduate. Previous recipients of Creative Writing Scholarships and Awards must indicate the year and semester of their prior award(s). Note: as long as all other eligibility requirements are met, you remain eligible for scholarships, even if you already received one in a previous year.
2) A sample of writing. Please submit up to 25 pages of Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, or Drama, 5-10 poems, or some combination of these that doesn’t exceed 30 pages.
3) Letter of recommendation. Ask one of your current or former instructors to write a letter speaking to their direct knowledge of your creative writing, and/or your participation in U of L creative writing events and/or creative writing events in the community. Their letter might also include observations about your ability to take criticism, contribute to class discussion, and ways that you’ve contributed to the creative communities at the university and beyond. This letter can be emailed directly to Sherry McCroskey, or if your professor prefers, you can include it as part of your Word.doc/rtf. file submission.