Awards, Scholarships, and Contests

Awards

Wordsworth Award

An anonymous donor has established an endowment to support an English graduate student at the annual Wordsworth Winter or Summer School in Grasmere, England. For more information contact Dr. Nicholas Mason or visit the link below.

The Wordsworth Conference Foundation

Blessing/Kagel Creative Writing Award

The Blessing family has made generous contributions to the English Department in the names of Herman W. F. Kagel, Carroll F. Blessing, and Helene K. Blessing. The Blessing Endowment provides funding to support the study of creative writing by English majors and non-majors at a seminar, conference, or workshop. Applicants must already have been admitted to the program for which funding support is sought.

Creative Writing Award Information and Application Form

Blessing/Kagel Literature and Landscape Study Abroad Award

The Blessing family has made generous contributions to the English Department in the names of Herman W. F. Kagel, Carroll F. Blessing, and Helene K. Blessing. The Blessing Endowment provides funding to support the study of creative writing by English majors and non-majors. Applicants must already have been admitted to the program for which funding support is sought. The awards are for $1,000 each.

Application Deadline: Wednesday, February 15, 2017 5:00pm

Literature and Landscape Study Abroad Award Application

Contests

Academy of American Poets’ Contest

This prestigious national competition is open to all full-time undergraduate and graduate students. Poems can be published, unpublished, or under consideration elsewhere.

Submissions: October 1 to January 31, 2017

All contest rules & link to submit entries

Ann Doty Short Fiction

This contest honors the memory of Ann Doty, an outstanding English major who was killed in an automobile accident at the end of her senior year. Ann Doty had an exceptional writing talent in fiction and is representative of the many students who strive to become good writers. The contest awards $300 for first place, $200 for second place, and $150 for third place. The contest is open to both undergraduate and graduate students, with a separate division for each.

Submissions: October 1 to January 31, 2017

All contest rules & link to submit entries

Elsie C. Carroll Informal Essay Contest

Professor Elsie C. Carroll was a distinguished member of the English Department for three decades and had a great interest in good student writing. Her family, to honor her memory and to encourage writing, has set up an endowment to help fund this contest. The contest awards $300 for first place, $200 for second place, and $150 for third place. The contest is open to both undergraduate and graduate students, with a separate division for each.

Submissions: October 1 to January 31, 2017

All contest rules & link to submit entries

David O. McKay Essay Contest

Each year the Center for the Study of Christian Values in Literature sponsors this essay contest, funded by a gift from Obert C. and Grace Tanner. The theme of the contest is “The Restored Gospel and Applied Christianity.”
Essays should be between 2,000-5,000 words. Besides having their essays published, winners in the undergraduate and graduate division will receive $1,200 (first prize), $1,000 (second), and $700 (third).

Deadline: January 29, 2017 5:00 pm

All contest rules & link to submit entries

RE:Writing Contest for High School Students

A writing contest for high school students (in 9th – 12th grades) sponsored by the BYU English Department.
The BYU English Department sponsors this writing contest for high school students (currently in 9th-12th grades). Entries will be accepted electronically only. Prizes given in the following areas: short fiction, poetry, personal essay, or critical essay.

Submission Deadline: Thursday, December 15, 2016

All contest rules & link to submit entries

Hart-Larson Poetry Contest

The Hart-Larson Contest is named after Professors Edward L. Hart and Clinton F. Larson. Both professors wrote poetry and taught the writing of poetry. The contest awards $300 for first place, $200 for second place, and $150 for third place. The contest is open to both undergraduate and graduate students, with a separate division for each.

Submissions: October 1 to January 31, 2017

All contest rules & link to submit entries

Carolyn Barnes Poetry Contest

Professor Jim Barnes, Distinguished Professor of Creative Writing and English, has made a generous contribution to the BYU English Department to establish the Carolyn Barnes Poetry Award as a memorial to his late and beloved wife, Carolyn.

Submissions:
October 1 to January 31, 2017

All contest rules & link to submit entries

Vera Hinckley Mayhew Student Creative Arts Contests

Wayne E. Mayhew of Berkeley, California, established a trust fund to provide annual awards in creative writing and fine arts at Brigham Young University in honor of his wife, Vera Hinckley Mayhew, a former BYU student. Contests are open to full-time undergraduate and graduate students.

Submissions:
February 3 to February 5
5:00pm

Mayhew Contest Website

Scholarships

Alberta Huish Christensen Scholarship

Family members of Alberta Huish Christensen have made generous contributions to the BYU English Department to aid promising undergraduate majors in English. Recipients are chosen based on eligibility, academic merit, and financial need.

Application Deadline: Wednesday, February 15, 2017
5:00pm

Scholarship Application Form

Broadbent Endowed Scholarship

A graduate of the BYU English Department BA and MA programs has made a generous contribution to provide a $1,000 scholarship for a single parent, with one or more children at home, who is committed to completing an education. Priority consideration will be given to graduate students, although undergraduate English majors may apply. Financial need and academic standing will be considered in the selection process.

Application Deadline: Wednesday, February 15, 2017
5:00pm

Scholarship Application Form

Clinton F. and Naomi B. Larson Scholarship

The family of the late Clinton F. Larson, a fine poet and beloved professor in the English Department, has endowed a scholarship for a graduate student in the MFA in Creative Writing program. The Larson family wishes to continue Professor Larson’s memory by assisting promising students of creative writing whose work, like his, begins in faith in the gospel of Jesus Christ and strives always for excellence.

Application Deadline: Wednesday, February 15, 2017 5:00pm

Scholarship Application Form

Earl and Bybee Scholarships

The Earl and Bybee families, because of their long association with the BYU English Department, have made generous contributions to the department for awards of excellence to be given to undergraduate English majors who show academic merit and who have not previously received awards or scholarships. Recipients are chosen based on eligibility, academic merit, and financial need.

Application Deadline: Wednesday, February 15, 2017 5:00pm

Scholarship Application Form

Edwin M. & Dessie W. Thomas Scholarship

The Edwin M. & Dessie W. Thomas family, because of their long association with the BYU English Department, has made generous contributions to the department for awards of excellence to those English majors who are in their last year of undergraduate studies and have not received major (such as Presidential, Heritage or National Merit) scholarships or awards.

Application Deadline: Wednesday, February 15, 2017 5:00pm

Scholarship Application Form

LaVerna S. Clark Creative Writing Scholarship

LaVerna S. Clark has generously endowed a scholarship of up to full tuition for freshman creative writing students at BYU. The scholarship is based on need, as well as creative writing talent.

Application Deadline:
Wednesday, February 15, 2017
5:00pm

Scholarship Application Form

Mae Blanch Scholarship

The Mae Blanch family, because of its long association with the BYU English Department, has made a generous contribution to provide an award of excellence for an undergraduate English major who shows academic merit and demonstrates financial need. Preference is given to English Education majors or to students who can otherwise demonstrate strong commitment to becoming teachers of English. Recipients are chosen based on eligibility, academic merit, and financial need.

Application Deadline: Wednesday, February 15, 2017 5:00pm

Scholarship Application Form

Orea B. Tanner Scholarship

In honor of the late Orea B. Tanner, for many years a popular, dedicated teacher in the BYU English Department, her friends and family have made generous contributions to the department for a scholarship to be given to a promising undergraduate English major. Recipients are chosen based on eligibility, academic merit, and financial need.

Application Deadline: Wednesday, February 15, 2017 5:00pm

Scholarship Application Form

Richard Payne Spencer Scholarship

The Richard Payne Spencer family has made a generous contribution to the department for a scholarship to be given to an undergraduate English major, with preference going to students from North Carolina.

Deadline:
February 15, 2017
5:00 pm

Scholarship Application Form