Michigan State University

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 msucw@msu.edu 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

Athanason and Platt-Ruble Scholarships in Creative Writing

Two scholarships of $1500 will be awarded to outstanding students in the creative writing concentration; any student in the creative writing concentration who will graduate December 2020 or LATER is eligible to apply.  If you are interested in applying, please submit a writing sample of 10-15 pages of work in a single genre or in multiple genres along, with a brief (500 word) aesthetic and contextual statement about your project and your goals as a writer.  The deadline is March 15th. You may apply here.

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 2020-2020 is poet Jennifer Scappettone.  Students may submit here.

Please read all these FAQs before submitting.  If you STILL have questions email msucw@msu.edu

  1. May I submit more than once? You MAY submit once in each of the five categories; you may NOT submit multiple times in a single category. If your submission includes multiple short pieces, they should be included in ONE PDF.
  2. The requirements say to title “Genre: Title” but I can’t do that. What should I do? Don’t get thrown off by the punctuation. “Genre Title” is fine. The important piece is the genre tag.
  3. My submission of poetry includes more than one piece; how should I title it? “Genre Poetry First Title and Other Poems” will work great. Thanks.
  4. The instructions say to use a standard font like Times New Roman. We don’t do that in screenplays. Can I use courier in 12 pt instead? Yes! The point is STANDARD for the genre. Don’t hurt the judge’s eyes, please.

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