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

Scholarship details

The Rhiannon Evans Poetry Award is worth £500.

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.


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 2023/24, 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.

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

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.

About Rhiannon Evans

Headshot of 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.

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 through the Student Life Portal. The poems you submit must be previously unpublished.

Our scholarships are now open for application via the Student Life Portal. Applications close at 11.59pm on Sunday 16 June 2024.

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.

Outcomes will be communicated by late August. If you have any questions or would like some further guidance with your application, please email

Contact us

If you have any queries about the Rhiannon Evans Poetry Award, you can get in touch with our team, who will be happy to assist you.