About the Scholarship

James E. Gunn Award for Science Fiction Writing is accredited by The Gunn Center for the Study of Science Fiction. The foundation was established by James Gunn in the year 1982 that provides a wealth of information and informed commentary about science fiction and the Center's programs, including awards, course syllabi, writing resources, and much more.

James E. Gunn Award for Science Fiction Writing is named in honor of James Gunn, the Center's Director since its inception it offers writing prize to the author of an outstanding SF story written for an English class at the University of Kansas.


What is the application process?

  • The essay must be submitted for an English class at the University of Kansas during the year before the award's deadline.

  • There are no word limits for the submission of the essay.

  • Teachers and others may submit a story for a student as well.

  • The candidates must also present their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) application to identify that for what scholarship amount they are eligible.


Scholarship Award Amount

  • The scholarship award amounts to $200 which can be used to pay for tuition or as a waiver of the $100 guest-author fee.

  • The total number of awards offered by this program varies based on the total number of applications received for the current academic year.


Deadline info

The deadline for the submission of an essay varies each semester. Understudies are informed to present their essays before the due date by keeping track of the official website. Any application submitted post deadline will be rejected.


Eligibility Criteria

  • An applicant must be a legally recognized U.S. citizen or a permanent resident.

  • The applicant must be a KU student.

  • Candidates must be enrolled in English or other traditional or non-traditional majors.

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