Fall 2019 Creative Writing Scholarship Competition (for Spring 2020 Awards)

Fall Creative Writing Scholarship Competition

 For Poetry and Creative Prose (fiction, script or screenplay, or creative nonfiction)

Competition is open to full-time students of all years and majors. One entry each in Poetry AND Creative Prose is permitted. The winning scholarships will be awarded for the Spring 2020 semester.

DEADLINE 4:00 pm Thursday, NOVEMBER 14, 2019

DELIVER ENTRIES TO: English Department Office, 123 Edwin Duncan Hall.

  • Write your name, MAJOR, ASU email & phone number on the first page of each poem or prose entry.
  • Please look for the entry box, double-check that entry complies with guidelines, sign the entry log, and put each entry in a separate manila envelope or file folder.
  • Envelopes or folders will be provided in the drop-off area.
  • You may submit in both Poetry and Prose competitions, but please keep the applications separate.
  • Proofreading and polish count! 

FINAL JUDGE: Novelist and Fall 2020 Visiting Writer Charles Dodd White

Charles Dodd White is the author of a short story collection and three novels, including the IN THE HOUSE OF WILDERNESS, which was named the 2018 Appalachian Book of the Year by the Appalachian Writers Association. He has been recognized for excellence in Appalachian writing with the Chaffin Award. He lives in Knoxville, Tennessee, and he teaches English at Pellissippi State Community College..


Poetry: Submit 3 stapled sets of 4 poems per set.

            (So First Set is Poems 1, 2, 3, 4; Second Set is Poems 1, 2, 3, 4; etc.) 

Creative Prose:  Submit a file folder or envelope with 3 stapled copies each of

either ONE short story, playscript, screenplay, or piece of creative non-fiction (includes memoir) Scripts must be submitted in standard format. Prose entries must be complete and self-contained.(This means please do not identify your entry as a “chapter”—if it is a chapter of a longer work, it needs to be able to stand on its own.) Please double-space prose; number pages and staple them. 

THE WINNERS will be notified and results will be posted by the final day of Fall exams, December 11, 2019

All scholarships will be awarded from the single pool of entries.


Marian Coe Scholarship in Poetry       $922        winner from any major

Marjorie Idol Scholarship in Poetry     $1,120          winner from English major 



John Foster West Scholarship in Creative Prose    $612   winner from any major

Marjorie Idol Scholarship in Creative Prose     $1,120        winner from English major

NOTE: due to the disparity in funds available in Coe and West scholarships, these scholarship will continue to be switched each year between poetry and creative prose.

Please contact Professor Mark Powell (powelljm1@appstate.edu) with questions.