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High school seniors who meet the criteria for admission to Kenyon College are welcome to submit applications for this competition. Those who want to be considered for the Kenyon Writing Award must submit their scholarship form by January 20. Students are not required to major in English or take Creative Writing courses. Each scholarship ranges up to $15,000 per year and is renewable for four years as long as the student maintains an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher. All first-year applicants are eligible, including Early Decision applicants. Transfer students are not eligible.

How to Apply

Kenyon Writing Awards are determined on a competitive basis and require the Kenyon Writing Award form. All scholarship materials must be uploaded to the Kenyon Admissions Portal. (Applicants will receive their username and password within two days after submission of the application for admission.)

Submission guidelines are as follows:

  • A five page portfolio of your work using double spacing, 1-inch margins and 12-pt font. (Poems should be submitted using single-spacing.) All pages should have a header containing your name (Last, First) and the page number.
  • Submissions may include a variety of work, for example, five different one-page poems or one short story.
  • Excerpts of a short story, novel or other longer work are permitted.
  • Writing must be creative in nature; please do not submit analytical essays or book reviews.

Applicants are encouraged to select works that demonstrate their highest level of technical skill and overall writing ability.  If you have any questions about portfolio materials, please contact Chris Renaud in the Office of Admissions at

Each year, judges will select up to three winners as well as alternates. In the event that a student does not accept the scholarship, one of the alternates will be selected. All judges’ decisions are final.

Dates to Remember

January 15: Submission of Common Application or Coalition Application.
January 20: Submission of scholarship form and portfolio materials via upload.
March: Notification of scholarship winners.