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Rhiannon Evans Poetry Award

The Rhiannon Evans Poetry Award recognises and celebrates students who display promise as creative writers.

You should be able to demonstrate that you have the potential for further development in your writing and also be able to outline how a £500 Rhiannon Evans Poetry Award would benefit and support your future writing career.

We will also take the demonstration of promise in the face of adversity into consideration, where you have demonstrated promise and talent in creative writing and had to overcome exceptional circumstances.

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Scholarship amount

The Rhiannon Evans Poetry Award is worth £500.

Rhiannon Evans Poetry Award scholar Sarah Billington reading an extract of her work at a literature festival in Cheltenham.


Any student who is currently enrolled on a full-time programme at Edge Hill is eligible to be considered for this award in academic year 2022/23, excluding students on courses of one-year or less in duration and those in the final year of courses which are longer than one year.

The poems you submit must be previously unpublished.

Please note, it is not possible to receive multiple scholarships in recognition of the same achievement. If you have previously been awarded a scholarship by Edge Hill University, a different achievement must be outlined in any applications for the Rhiannon Evans Poetry Award.

Permanent employees of the University, repeat year students and Erasmus students are not eligible for this award.

Rhiannon Evans

Rhiannon Evans was Pro Vice-Chancellor (Students and External) at Edge Hill University from 1994 to 2008.

With a lifelong interest and connection with poetry, Rhiannon founded this scholarship on her retirement.

Former Pro-Vice Chancellor Rhiannon Evans in front of neutral backdrop.

Case studies

Discover the subjects captured in the writing of recent Rhiannon Evans Poetry Award scholars with our snapshots of a selection of previous  winners.

How do I apply?

To be considered for the Rhiannon Evans Poetry Award, you need to complete and submit our Rhiannon Evans Poetry Award application form.

Scholarships are now open for application until Sunday 11 June 2023, please apply via the Student Life Portal. If you run into any problems please email [email protected]

Applications will be shortlisted by the Department of English, History and Creative Writing, with shortlisted applications subsequently judged by a scholarship selection panel. Please note, any work submitted as part of your application will not be returned.

Contact us

If you have any queries about the Rhiannon Evans Poetry Award, you can get in touch with us at [email protected] and we will be happy to assist you.