Announcing the 2017 Virginia B. Ball Creative Writing Competition

Win a $30,000 Writing Scholarship to study creative writing at Interlochen Arts Academy!

Announcing a call for applications for the Virginia B. Ball Creative Writing Scholarship, deadline Dec. 15, 2016. The contest is open to students in grades 8-11 during the 2016-17 school year. The winner will receive a $30,000 scholarship to Interlochen Arts Academy for each year they attend Interlochen.

Applicants will submit writing samples in two of the following genres: literary fiction, sci-fi/fantasy, YA fiction, poetry, spoken word, personal essay/memoir, screenwriting, playwriting, and hybrid genre.

The Virginia B. Ball scholarship is your opportunity to study creative writing at a program that has, over the last forty years, helped hundreds of young writers find their unique voice and expand their understanding of the craft of fiction, poetry, nonfiction, playwriting, screenwriting and more! Apply now!

This one-of-a-kind program is located in The Writing House, the only classroom building in the world dedicated exclusively to the development of high school-aged writers. Students benefit from small class sizes and a faculty of published writers who are also experienced and dedicated teachers. Each student is closely mentored by the faculty and given numerous venues to read their work in public and publish it in national magazines. They do this in an environment where they are surrounded by other young artists from across the country and around the world.

Do not miss out on this opportunity to join a community of young artists who are as dedicated and driven to grow in skill and creativity as you are!

Please review the submission guidelines. If you have any questions, email us at