Short Story Book Club (SSBC) awards an annual scholarship in the amount of $250 to 12th- grade high school students (or the equivalent) who successfully demonstrate knowledge of the short story genre in a written essay.
The SSBC Short Story Scholarship limits the award of its scholarship funds specifically to United States citizens who are no older than 21 and enrolled in a 12th-grade education program or its equivalent. Equivalent programs may include enrollment in official courses for the obtaining of a General Educational Development (GED) certificate, National External Diploma (NED), or similar program. Applicants must expect to graduate by September of the scholarship award year and be able to show proof of subsequent enrollment in a college or vocational program no later than December of the same year. For example, an applicant who receives an award in May 2021 must graduate by September 2021 and enroll in a college or vocational program by December 2021 to qualify.
To apply, applicants are to select and read a short story of no more than 40,000 words and write an essay of no more than 1200 words that describes the story’s merits. Essays must include a discussion about the story’s theme, tone, characters, plot, language, use of literary devices, or other elements and conclude with remarks on what makes the story for them more or less interesting to read.
In addition, applicants are to include two letters of recommendation with their essay. A copy of the applicant’s high school or academic transcripts are not required. However, applicants will need to be able to show proof of subsequent enrollment in a college or vocational program by December of the scholarship award year.
Scholarship applications will be accepted January 2 through April 15 of each year. Awardees will be announced in May of each year. Awards will be paid directly to the awardee’s college or vocational program.
By applying, applicants give Short Story Book Club permission to publish or feature their essay in all Short Story Book Club media.
In the header of each page of the essay, applicants must include their first name, last name, email address, and phone number.
In the footer of each page, include both the title and author of the short story being featured in the essay.
The essay should be no more than 1200 words, typed, double-spaced on 8.5 x 11 paper. Handwritten or otherwise illegible submissions will not be accepted.
Letters of Recommendation
All letters of recommendation should be printed on official letterhead, signed, and submitted in a sealed envelope.
Submitting Your Application
The essay and letters of recommendation should be mailed together in a single envelope addressed to:
Short Story Book Club
3000 Homewood Avenue, #7107
Baltimore, Maryland 21218
Applicants may apply for the SSBC Short Story Scholarship through April 15 of each year. All submissions must be postmarked by April 15. Late submissions will not be accepted.
Award decisions will be announced in May of each year.
Short Story Book Club is not responsible for incomplete, missing, or misdelivered applications. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure the accuracy and delivery of all application materials.