Scholarships for Current Students

One or two scholarships of $1500 will be awarded to outstanding students in the creative writing concentration to be applied to tuition; any student in the creative writing concentration or minor 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.  Submissions for scholarships for 2022-23 will be accepted in the spring; the deadline is typically March 15.  Questions may be directed to Dr. Robin Silbergleid (

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.  Congratulations to the 2020-2021 winners, judged by Philip Metres.  You can check out their winning manuscripts here.


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, 2022.

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