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Virginia B. Ball Creative Writing Scholarship Competition

Virginia B. Ball Scholarship Competition

Win a full-tuition scholarship to Interlochen Arts Academy with the Virginia B. Ball Creative Writing Competition.

All students in grades 8-11 during the 2021-2022 school year are eligible to apply. All applicants must submit writing samples in two of the following genres:

  • Fiction
  • Poetry
  • Spoken word
  • Personal essay or memoir
  • Screenwriting
  • Playwriting
  • Comics
  • Experimental or unclassifiable writing

Previous recipients of the Virginia B. Ball Creative Writing Competition Scholarship have gone on to earn degrees from Cornell, Yale, Princeton, and the University of Michigan. They have won or been shortlisted for numerous awards including the Norman Mailer Award for Fiction, the PEN/Robert J. Dau Short Story Prize, Juxtaprose's Short Fiction Contest, Wigleaf's Top 50 (Very) Short Fictions, and the Pushcart Prize. They have published books and have been featured in a variety of publications including Driftwood Press, Black Warrior Review, Kudzu House Quarterly, Broadly, Entropy, and more. Twenty creative writing students at Interlochen have been named Presidential Scholars in the Arts, one of the most prestigious awards for high school graduates.

Submission must be received in Submittable no later than 11:59 p.m. EDT October 31, 2021. 

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