2021 Thomas Lux Scholarship & Langston Hughes Fellowship

The Palm Beach Poetry Festival is pleased to announce that applications for the 2021 Thomas Lux Scholarship and the 2021 Langston Hughes Fellowship are now open. The deadline to apply is December 15, 2020.

Through the generosity of some very special donors, we are offering a Thomas Lux Scholarship to provide one full workshop tuition scholarship for the upcoming 17th Annual Virtual Palm Beach Poetry Festival to a poet who has not previously attended a festival workshop. The scholarship covers full participant tuition and admission to all festival events. This fellowship is intended for a poet of promise who would benefit from the festival week events and workshop and would not otherwise be able to attend. A statement of need is requested with the application.

We are grateful to the individuals who united in the spirit of teaching, mentoring, and fostering excellence in poetry to honor the legacy of Thomas Lux’s life and work. He always gave support to poets who sought to develop their skill and abilities and recommended to many that they apply to attend the festival. Lux said, “The Palm Beach Poetry Festival is the most rigorous, intense, and exciting poetry program in the country. Most important: excellent teaching.” Our festival always will remain synonymous with the creative lifeblood of this fine human being and gifted poet. You may use this link to apply for the Thomas Lux Scholarship.

The Palm Beach Poetry Festival – Langston Hughes Fellowship includes the application fee, tuition, and admission to all festival events. The fellow will be an outstanding African American poet who will benefit from, and contribute to, participation in the workshop. A writing sample, letter of introduction, and description of need are an integral part of the application and selection process. Fellowships are open by application to poets who identify as Black or African American. We are grateful to the administrators of the Langston Hughes Estate who assisted us by granting permission to name this fellowship. You may use this link to apply for the Palm Beach Poetry Festival Langston Hughes 2021 Fellowship.

Note: The festival does offer a limited number of partial tuition scholarships, subject to available funding, to applicants who might otherwise be unable to attend. The festival does not accept applications to more than one fellowship or scholarship opportunity in any single year. Duplicate applications may disqualify the applicant.