- The Ronald Foote Scholarship is awarded in creative writing. It alternates between poetry and fiction and will be awarded in fiction in 2016. Probable amount of award: $500.
- The Isabelle McCaffrey Horn Memorial Scholarship is awarded in fiction. Applicants must submit a chapter of a novel in progress (30 pages maximum). Probable amount of award: $600.
- The James I. Murashige Jr. Memorial Award is presented for the best short story. Applicants must have at least a 3.0 GPA and must be working toward an undergraduate degree in English with a Creative Writing emphasis, the MA in English, or the MFA in Creative Writing. Probable amount of award: $800.
- The John B. Williams Scholarships in Literature and English Education (2)
~ The Scholarship in Literature is awarded for the best essay in literary research and writing. Applicants must be declared (undergraduate) English majors.
~ The Scholarship in English Education is awarded for the best essay relating to a topic in literacy or the teaching of English. Applicants must be a declared (undergraduate) English Education majors with plans to teach in a public school.
A 10-15-page paper may be submitted for each scholarship. Probable amount of award: $1,000 each.
- The Elizabeth E. Nielsen Scholarship offers two awards to “needy and worthy English majors.” It is limited to undergraduate students of any English option with at least a 3.0 GPA in English. A separate application form, available in the English Department office, must be completed. Probable amount of award: $1,500.
- The William T. Shadden Memorial Awards (Two Awards) are given in poetry. One award is presented to an undergraduate student and one to a graduate student. Applicants may submit up to five poems (five pages total). Applicants must be working toward an undergraduate degree in English with a Creative Writing emphasis, the MA in English, or the MFA in Creative Writing. Probable amount of award: $2,000 each.
- The Gerald Locklin Writing Prize is awarded for three poems, a short story, or an essay. Applicants must have consulted or visited the CSULB Special Collections, which house the Gerald Locklin collection, and must submit a confirmation of that visit with their application for the award (form available in Special Collections). Probable amount of award: $2,000.
- The Mary Purcell Scholarship for the Study of 17th and 18th-Century Literature provides an award to a CSULB English graduate student or a CSULB undergraduate accepted into the CSULB graduate program in English. Applicants must have a GPA of at least 3.5 and must submit an essay on English literature written between 1660 and 1789. Probable amount of award: $2,000.
- Applications are available online ONLY at http://www.cla.csulb.edu/departments/english/scholarships/. All creative works must be double-spaced. Entries (both application and creative work) must be submitted via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org by the deadline: Monday, February 15, 2016 at 5:00pm. No hard copy entries will be accepted.
- Students may submit entries for a maximum of two scholarships, and each entry must be a different piece of work. Each student can win no more than one award. Last year’s winners may not enter again for the scholarship they won; they may enter up to two other scholarship competitions. Submissions will be evaluated by designated committees, and winners will be announced in late February or early March 2016.
- Students must be enrolled at CSULB in Spring 2016 to be eligible for these awards. Award payments will be made through CSULB student accounts. Awards must be coordinated with other awards and financial aid, which may result in a reduction to student loans or other aid.