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Writing Scholarships


Office of Admission

2 East South Street

Galesburg, IL 61401-4999




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Writing Portfolios

Applicants are evaluated on the basis of a manuscript, their academic record, and any other evidence of special ability. Manuscripts can be submitted in one (or more*) of the following categories:

  • Poetry (5-8 pages)
  • Fiction (one short story)
  • Creative non-fiction (one essay on any topic)
  • Journalism (2 articles of investigative reporting)
  • Playwriting (one-act play)
  • Critical writing (one analytical paper on literature, film or dramatic performance)

Manuscripts should be representative of the applicant's best work and not exceed 20 pages.

Your manuscript should be typed, numbered, and include your name on each page. Your submission may include works previously submitted for a class or published in a newspaper or journal.

*Students may choose to submit in multiple genres. In such cases, preference will be given to manuscripts that show an even range of talent and potential in all represented genres.

Submission Deadlines
Portfolios are due by the same deadline as your application for admission (see for specific deadlines).

File Sizes and Types
We support media files as large as 5GB, but please be advised that larger files will take longer to upload from your Internet connection and may stall if you are on a wireless connection or one that cannot sustain a connection for the necessary period of time. We support the following file formats:

  • Document: .doc, .docx, .pdf, .rtf, .wpd

Candidates are notified of their scholarship awards at the time of admission.

General Scholarship Guidelines
Writing and visual and performing arts scholarships are renewable annually as long as recipients remain in good academic standing. Scholarships must be applied toward the cost of tuition and the combination of Knox scholarships and grants and federal and state grants cannot exceed the cost of tuition. Scholarship recipients often qualify for additional need-based financial assistance, including grants, work-study programs, and loans.

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