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The William W. Jenkins Creative Writing Scholarship

Contact: Dr. Ted Pelton, 931-372-3345

The department of English at Tennessee Tech invites all students currently majoring in English to apply for the William W. Jenkins Creative Writing Scholarship. 

About The Scholarship

Dr. William W. Jenkins was a professor of English at Tennessee Tech from 1968 to 1994. Upon his death in 2001 an endowment was established through his estate to promote student interest in literary studies and writing. This fund now supports a variety of scholarships for majors in the Department of English. The recipient of this creative writing award will receive up to a $1000 scholarship 

Eligibility Requirements

The recipient of the William W. Jenkins Creative Writing Scholarship must be a undergraduate majoring in a field within the Department of English during the 2020-21 academic year. The recipient must complete one or more creative writing courses (ENGL 3400, 4430, 4440, 4450, 4460) at Tennessee Tech by Spring 2021. The recipient must also be in good standing in accordance with current institutional polices. 

Application Process

  1. Applicants must submit a portfolio of 20 pages (maximum) of original works of creative writing – fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, and/or drama written during their academic careers at Tennessee Tech.
  2. Work which has been submitted for grades in creative writing courses and/or has received awards and/or has been published may be included in the portfolio.
  3. Only works of poetry, fiction (short stories and excerpts from novels), creative nonfiction, and drama are eligible.
  4. The portfolio may include examples of creative work written in one or more genre. In other words, the portfolio can consist of a collection of poems, or one full length short story or essay, or a lengthy excerpt from a novel or play – OR the portfolio may include a combination of creative work, such as a group of poems and a complete short story OR two or more short stories or creative essays OR excerpts from novels and plays, etcetera. Note: Excerpts should be long enough and relatively self-contained to provide an adequate basis for assessment.
  5. Portfolios will NOT be returned. Make copies of your work before submitting your portfolio!

Portfolio Format

  1. Prose works should be typed double-spaced, with one-inch margins and with page numbers appearing in the upper right-hand corners of all pages.
  2. Poems should be typed single-spaced. All poems must be titled. An untitled work should use its first line as the title.
  3. Drama (dialogues) may be typed single-spaced with double-spacing used to separate characters’ speeches. Page numbers must appear in the upper right-hand corner of all pages.
  4. Written work should be placed in a sturdy folder (not a ring-binder) with the following information clearly presented on the cover: applicant’s full name / current mailing address / telephone number / email address / academic major / year in school / T number.

Deadline For Submissions

All portfolios must be dropped off in the English Department, Henderson 320, no later than the last Friday in March by 4:00 pm.


Portfolios will be judged by the Creative Writing faculty: Professor Monic Ductan and Professor Ted Pelton. Should too few portfolios be submitted or the quality of submissions be considered excessively weak, no award will be given.

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