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NSHSS Creative Writing Scholarship
Close Date: Monday, October 02, 2023 Award: USD $2,000 scholarships to the top finalist in Poetry and the top finalists in Fiction
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Award: Three (3) $2,000 awards for the Fiction category, three (3) $2,000 awards for the Poetry category

Eligibility: Rising high school students graduating in 2024, 2025, 2026, 2027, and recently graduated 2023 seniors

Scholarship Details:  
Awards will be presented to students with the top submissions in the two categories below:

  • Poetry: Students may submit their original poetry in any style, from formal verse, to free verse to experimental. The poem should be formatted as you wish it to appear in publication.
  • Fiction: Students may submit a piece of short fiction, which must be no more than 5,000 words and should not be single-spaced. The entry may be any genre of the student’s choice, including graphic novel or story.

Winning literary entries will be published on the NSHSS website. Entries will be judged on creativity, technique, expression, and originality.

*All work must be the student’s original work.
Plagiarism: NSHSS has a no-tolerance policy for plagiarism. Any applicant whose winning work is determined to be plagiarized in whole or in part will forfeit any awards.

By submitting your work to us, you are giving NSHSS and its partners, affiliates, and licensees the non-exclusive right to publish your work in any format, including print, electronic, and online media. However, all individual contributors to NSHSS retain the right to submit their work for non-exclusive publication elsewhere, and you have our permission to do so.

Please note: Students have the option to apply to one or BOTH categories. Only one entry per category is allowed. Students are only eligible to win one NSHSS Scholarship per academic year. 

Application Requirements:

  • Educator recommendation
  • Upload a copy of your work to the application and include:
    • Title of the work
    • Category you are submitting for
  • Color headshot
  • Academic resume
  • Current Transcript (can be official or unofficial)

Application Opens: May 4, 2023
Closing Date: October 2, 2023 by 11:59PM

*Please note that closing time is in EST.

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