We are pleased to announce the inaugural Reedsy Creative Writing Scholarship, a biannual award for writers and novelists in further education. As the world’s leading marketplace of book publishing talent, Reedsy is passionate about nurturing the next generation of fiction authors. We have designed this scholarship to award a student whose writing displays a clear and unique voice with the potential to thrive in the competitive literary landscape.
Awarded twice a year, successful candidates will receive $1,000 towards educational expenses and be eligible for further sponsorship from Reedsy while they develop as a writer.
To be eligible for the Reedsy Creative Writing Scholarship, applicants must be:
- United States, Canada or Australia Citizens or Permanent Residents; and
- Accepted to, or currently enrolled in an accredited college, university, or graduate program within the United States, Canada or Australia.
Your application must include the first chapter (1,500 to 7,500 words) of an original novel you are currently writing, or have written but not yet published.
All applications must be submitted by email to firstname.lastname@example.org and include:
- Your name, address and contact number;
- The name of the college or university you are attending or planning to attend;
- Your sample chapter attached to the email in .doc or .docx format with a written introduction. Google Doc links and PDFs will not be accepted.
Five finalists will be selected from each application pool. If your submission is shortlisted, your sample will be featured on Reedsy’s blog and social media channels. This will not affect your rights as the copyright holder.
To be considered for the Spring semester scholarship, applications must be received by February 21, 2018.
Next deadline will be September 21, 2018 for the Fall semester scholarship.
The scholarship must be applied to tuition and other education-related expenses. A wire transfer for $1,000 will be made payable to the recipient’s educational institution directly.
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Fall Semester Winner, 2017 — Namdi Nwasike (NYU)
A native of Huntington, New York, Namdi studies Biology at NYU and is on the pre-med track. Despite his science background, his passion has always been for writing: as a hyperactive and imaginative child, he would write short stories and create comics. Among his favorite books are Salinger's Catcher in the Rye and Walk the Two Moons by Sharon Creech.
His winning entry, The Fool's Gold, is a Young Adult novel whose first chapter is packed with well-observed character details and a compelling hook that left our judges desperate to read more:
Recently accepted to her dream school, Rosa Diosa embarks on a journey to become the first member of her family with a college degree. She soon discovers that Manhattan isn’t the city she expected... literally. Unseen, supernatural forces are at play and New York is revealed to her as the epicenter of an invisible war. With the help of her new friends and a snarky professor, Rosa must protect the people she loves, maintain her grades, and deal the daily challenges of living in a big city.
Fall Semester Finalist, 2017 — Phoebe Angaye (Austin College)
A sophomore at Austin College, Phoebe is an economics major and a creative writing minor. A Nigerian-American who was born and raised in the US, she has won a Silver Key from the Scholastic Arts and Writing Awards Competition and has been published in Sprout, Canvas, and The Sleepy Aquarium. Phoebe is a lover of various genres and generally just loves a good story.
Her entry, Era of Zodiac, was selected as a finalist for the 2017 Fall Semester prize:
The zodiacs are a group of 13 people who can travel back in time. Sana Hashimoto is the 13th zodiac and has the job of guiding the zodiacs. A faction of the zodiacs called the Nanashi that believe they can change the past for a better future. This worries the rest of the zodiacs because it is unknown what will happen if the current timeline is changed. Thus begins the fight to control time, and Sana's journey to stop the Nanashi before it’s too late. There's just one more problem: her father is the Nanashi leader.
Fall Semester Finalist, 2017 — La-Tonia Willis (Antioch University)
Born in New York, La-Tonia is currently enrolled in a Creative Writing MFA at Antioch University, Los Angeles. Her favorite book of all time is Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s One Hundred Years of Solitude. She is the director and producer of Profiles: Women in the Arts and Technology NW, an ongoing short series on Public Access Television in Seattle.
Her entry, The Dakota Experiments, was selected as a finalist for the 2017 Fall Semester prize:
At Ondi Systems—a prominent New York City biotech firm—molecular biologist and research scientist Amara Cayne, discovers a secret ‘Internet Room’ and a hidden agenda behind the firm’s gene modification experiments.
Fall Semester Finalist, 2017 — Hunter Mason (Yale University)
Born and raised in Mystic, Connecticut, Hunter came to love history and literature with the help of motivated parents, teachers, and books such as To Kill a Mockingbird and Les Miserables. Hunter now studies political science at Yale University, where he currently lives with his wife, Catherine.
His entry, Tide, was selected as a finalist for the 2017 Fall Semester prize:
Tide follows the life of young David Aarons, who is consumed with the idea of heroes and a longing to leave a legacy through the written word. When he is ripped from his family at the start of WWII, David finds himself confronted with the switch from writing about heroes to becoming one. As he confronts courage and cowardice, both in the hearts of others and his own, he comes to learn what true heroism is.
Fall Semester Finalist, 2017 — Joy Ferguson (Westmont College)
From Santa Rosa, California, Joy is a senior double major in English and Political Science, hoping to become a political speechwriter if this whole novel thing doesn't work out. She's a huge fan of science fiction and fantasy, but also has a soft spot for the classics she was raised on.
Her entry, The Heir of Koninia, was selected as a finalist for the 2017 Fall Semester prize:
Sheltae Oesria Teminre is the favorite servant of Corladon's Duchess, her mysterious past ignored by a community that adores her. But when the Heir of Koninia, the Princess Maya, singles her out as the One Hero prophesied to defeat the Enemy of Koninia, Sheltae must confront her origins in the Enemy's camp, and learn to make peace with the many different identities she's created to keep herself and her sisters safe. Aided by the strange Captain of the King's Guard Marcov Zierin, Sheltae uncovers who she was meant to be while discovering what it is she might become in order to defeat her oldest and most personal foe.
If you're a budding author in higher education, send the opening chapter of your novel to Reedsy for a chance to qualify for our next award in February 2018.