Announcing the Virginia B. Ball Creative Writing Competition

Interlochen Arts Academy is now accepting applications for the Virginia B. Ball Creative Writing Scholarship. Designed for students interested in creative writing, the winner will receive a $30,000 scholarship to Interlochen Arts Academy for each year they attend Interlochen. The contest is open to all students in grades 8-11 as of Fall 2016.

“We are very excited to be able to once again announce the Virginia B. Ball scholarship opportunity,” says David Griffith, Interlochen Director of Creative Writing. “The Ball Foundation’s generosity allows us to invest in the development of talented young writers, and makes an Interlochen education more accessible to a greater number of people.”

Applicants are asked to submit writing samples by Dec. 15, 2016, in at least two of the following genres: literary fiction, sci-fi/fantasy, young adult (YA fiction), poetry, spoken word, personal essay/memoir, screenwriting, playwriting, and hybrid genre.

The scholarship competition is open to all students in grades 8-11 as of fall 2016, with the winner selected based on the overall strength of his or her portfolio.

View the submission guidelines

A biennial competition that began in 2001, the Virginia B. Ball scholarship has made it possible for young writers of great promise to study creative writing at Interlochen. In turn, the creative writing program itself has helped hundreds of young writers find their unique voice and expand their understanding of the craft of fiction, poetry, nonfiction, playwriting, and screenwriting.

Interlochen's one-of-a-kind creative writing program is located in The Writing House, the only classroom building in the world dedicated exclusively to the development of high school-age writers. Students benefit from small class sizes and a faculty of published writers who are also experienced and dedicated teachers. Students are closely mentored and afforded venues to read their work in public, as well as publish it in national magazines.