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Theodore Roethke Student Writing Award: SVSU Student Scholarship

Congratulations to our most recent recipient, Gabrielle Bourgeois, who will be recognized at the Festival in March 2023.


The Theodore Roethke Student Writing Award is given every three years in conjunction with the triennial Theodore Roethke Poetry & Arts Festival.

The next award will be in 2025-2026.

Applicants must be SVSU students with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0. Applicants should submit the following materials via SVSU’s electronic scholarship system:

  • An essay of 750-1,000 words explaining their strengths as writers and how the award could help them reach their goals
  • A portfolio of their polished creative work, either up to six poems or twenty pages of fiction
  • A cover letter
  • Their résumé
  • A copy of their transcripts

The selection committee considers the quality of each application, as well as each candidate’s promise for continued growth and excellence in the field of creative writing.

If you have questions about the scholarship, please contact