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Creative Writing

The Walters State Community College High School Creative Writing Competition has been held annually for over twenty-five years. The competition accepts submission from high schools in the Walters State service area and features five categories of writing: Creative Non-Fiction Drama, Fiction, Graphic Novels, and Poetry. Selected student submissions are published in Among These Hills, and the winners of each of the five writing categories receive prizes. The top entry each year also receives a full scholarship to Walters State Community College.

General Rules for Entering
2017 WSCC Creative Writing Competition

Creative Writing Competition Flyer

Deadline for Submissions
February 1, 2017

The deadline for submissions and registration is February 1, 2017. Instructors must email submissions to creativewritingcontest@ws.edu by this date.

  • The only entries we will be accepting this year are electronic submissions.
  • Please make sure to keep an electronic file of your work!
  • Entries must be submitted by instructors—no direct student submissions will be accepted.

Who Can Apply?

This competition is open to all 11th and 12th graders in our service area.

Submission Guidelines for Students

  • Students may submit poetry, short stories, graphic novels, creative non-fiction and one act plays. Each entry should have a title. (There will be no academic essay competition this year as in past years, so that we may concentrate on creative works.)
  • Each student is limited to one entry per category.
  • Language should be appropriate for high school audiences, and entries may be disqualified because of profanity and/or obscenities.
  • Papers should formatted as follows:
    • Typed
    • Double-spaced
    • Labeled at top of each entry with:
      • Student name
      • High school name
      • Teacher name
      • Teacher email address

Unfortunately, due to the complexities involved in awards, plaques, certificates, and especially the scholarship, we cannot accept multiple author/collaborative work submissions, including in graphic novels.

How to Submit Your Entries

  • Students should submit entries to their English teachers.
    • English teachers should ensure no glaring grammatical errors and that the appropriate information (student name, instructor name, school, and teacher email) is listed at the top of the document before then forwarding them to Walters State via email.
  • Entries must be submitted by instructors—no direct student submissions will be accepted.

 

Submission Guidelines for Teachers

  • Teachers on the block schedule may submit work of students from both fall and spring semesters.
  • Entries must be submitted by instructors—no direct student submissions will be accepted.
  • No editing will be done by WSCC. Entries requiring copious editing will be disqualified. High school instructors should make sure that all entries are publication-ready upon submission.
  • Language should be appropriate for high school audiences, and entries may be disqualified because of profanity and/or obscenities.
  • Papers should formatted as follows:
    • Typed
    • Double-spaced
    • Labeled at top of each entry with:
      • Student name
      • High school name
      • Teacher name
      • Teacher email address

How to Submit Your Entries

Deadline: February 1, 2017

  • Teachers, please follow the submission guidelines and then forward submissions to Walters State via email: creativewritingcontest@ws.edu.
  • Teachers need only to submit one e-mail with all entries attached as:
    • Microsoft Word documents [.doc / .docx]
      (graphic novels can be submitted as PDF)
    • or in rich text format [.rtf]).
    • Graphic novels may be submitted in PDF form
    • Entries received in formats other than these may be disqualified.

By eliminating the forms from previous years, we hope to simplify the entry process for you.

Categories for Submission

Drama: One Act Play

  • All plays must be original and have a title.
  • All plays should have stage direction.
  • Plays are not to require longer than 10 minutes for performance.
  • All plays must possess plot and theme.

Short Stories

  • All short stories must be original and have a title.
  • Stories should possess character, action, plot and theme.
  • Stories should be no longer than six double-spaced, typed pages, Times New Roman 12 pt. font.

Creative Non-Fiction

  • All entries must have an original title.
  • Entries should focus on description, narrrative, and plotting.
  • Stories should be no longer than six double-spaced, typed pages, Times New Roman 12 pt. font.

Poetry

  • All poems must be original and have a title.
  • Poems should possess vivid sensory imagery, figurative language, and a theme.
  • Free verse and formal poetry are both accepted.

Graphic Novel

  • All entries must have an original title
  • Graphic novel entries should be no longer than 12 pages
  • Can be submitted as PDF

Coordinators of Contest

Samantha Isasi

Samantha Isasi received her BA in Creative Writing and Literature from Eckerd College in 2001 and an MFA in poetry and communications from The University of New Orleans in 2006.  She is a published poet and fiction writer and Assistant Professor of English at Walters State Community College, where she has worked since 2012. 

Jay McMahan

Jay McMahan graduated from Wichita State University with an MFA in Creative Writing with a focus in poetry. He teaches composition at Walters State Community College. He is the former editor of Mikrokosmos and MOJO, its online counterpart.

Joel Wilson

Joel Wilson holds an MA in Composition and Rhetoric from Florida Atlantic University and teaches English at Walters State Community College. He works principally with non-fiction in both his teaching and writing.

View a sample his non-fiction ethnographic writing