Athanason and Platt-Ruble Scholarships in Creative Writing

Two scholarships of $1500 will be awarded to outstanding students in the creative writing concentration and minor.

Jim Cash Award for Outstanding Senior in Creative Writing

The Jim Cash Award honors graduating seniors in the Creative Writing Program.  Applicants are nominated by faculty.

Creative Writing Awards

The Department of English sponsors an annual contest for the best original work in poetry, fiction, nonfiction, screenwriting, and playwriting.  The guest judge for 2019-2020 was poet Jennifer Scappettone.

Creative Arts Scholarships

The Department of English offers up to three Creative Arts Scholarships for incoming students who plan to pursue the B.A. in English with a concentration in Creative Writing. 

To apply, students should submit the following application, as well as a creative writing sample (5-10 pages of poetry, prose, or screen/playwriting, or a short film on DVD) and statement of intent (minimum of 500 words) regarding their interest in creative writing no later than January 31, 2019.

Complete applications should be submitted as either electronic documents to the Director of Creative Writing at or as hard copy to:

Department of English
c/o Director of Creative Writing
Wells Hall C614
619 Red Cedar Rd.
East Lansing, MI 48824