Final Day to Submit to Artists of Promise

Today (11/24) is the deadline for Maricopa’s Artists of Promise writing contest. If you are an active student in any of the Maricopa Community College District’s schools, such as GCC, you are eligible to enter. You can submit one entry in each of the following categories: fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, and one-act play/drama. If you have questions, or trouble submitting, you can email jeffrey.baker@gccaz.edu

For full submission rules, and to submit your work, head here: Artists of Promise Submissions

The clock is ticking!

Narrative 30 Below Contest

The deadline for Narrative Magazine’s 30 Below Story & Poetry Contest is coming up soon! Due by midnight on November 19th, the writing contest is eligible to ‘all writer, poets, visual artists, photographers, performers, and filmmakers between eighteen and thirty years old.’ Potential awards include $1500 for first prize, $750 for second prize, $300 for third prize, and $100 for ten different finalists.

For all you young people not yet overtaken by wrinkles, joint pain, and the cynicism of age, get cracking and get submitting!

Artists of Promise Contest – 2021!

2021-22 Artists of Promise: Creative Writing Competition

Each year, the Maricopa Community Colleges sponsor a districtwide competition to encourage and recognize student achievement in the following categories:

  • Essay
  • Fiction
  • One Act-Play/Script
  • Poetry

Winning students will receive cash awards, be published in Maricopa’s literary magazine, Passages, and be recognized at the virtual Artists of Promise Event during the Spring of 2022.

Also, the first-place winners in each category will be submitted by the district to then compete at the National Level in the League of Innovation in the Community Colleges Creative Writing Competition.

For competition rules, eligibility requirements, the submission and judging process please go to https://www.maricopa.edu/creative-writing 

Awards

Winners will be notified in early February 2022 by the Maricopa Center for Learning & Innovation (MCLI).

First-place work in each category will be recognized at the Virtual Artists of Promise performance scheduled for Spring 2022.

All awards will be issued via student accounts in SIS shortly after the Artists of Promise gala.

  • $300 for first place
  • $200 for second place
  • $100 for third place

Additionally, First Place winners will be entered in the League for Innovation in the Community College’s National Student Literary Competition and be required to complete League application materials, which will be provided by the MCLI.

Application Close Date: Wednesday, November 24, 2021

GCC Writing Club Begins!

The first meeting of the GCC Writing Club will be held virtually on Friday, February 5th at 2PM! GCC’s Writing Club (or, The Club Formerly Known As Midnight Metaphors) is the student-run creative writing club at Glendale Community  College. It is open to all GCC students interested in writing. What do we do, and what can you do as a part of the club? You can:

  • Share your work with other writers
  • Get feedback on your writing and ideas
  • Discover new material and styles and hang for awhile with other writers
  • Appreciate great writers and writing and investigate lots of diverse writing techniques

In addition to our usual chats about writing, we’ll also be discussing club leadership positions and establishing a regular meeting schedule for Spring. If you’re interested in being part of the club, reach out to faculty adviser Jeff Baker for the invite link: jeffrey.baker@gccaz.edu

Desert Nights, Rising Stars Conference 2021

Early registration for the Desert Nights, Rising Stars Virtual Conference has been extended through February. What better way to get a jump-start on your writing goals for Spring 2021 than to join in on the workshops and events offered by our friends at ASU and the Virginia G. Piper Center? Follow the links below to learn more about the conference, the workshops offered, and various registration discounts for senior citizens, students, veterans, ASU affiliates, and anyone experiencing a financial hardship.


Creative Writing Events Cancelled

As many of you have already heard, GCC and the Maricopa County Community Colleges District have taken steps to prevent the spread of Covid-19. These steps include the extension of spring break for students by one week, and the implementation of distance/online learning for our classes thereafter. If you are a student at GCC or another college within the district, please check your student email for official communication from the district.

As you might expect, then, we are cancelling/postponing all of our creative writing events for the foreseeable future. That includes:

  • The Humorous Poetry Contest & Traveler Celebratory Reading, currently scheduled for March 18th, has been postponed indefinitely.
  • Our student Writing Club will not meet. Use the Discord channel if you would like to stay in touch with each other and share work.
  • Our Saturday Workshop planned for March 21st has been cancelled. The April workshop is still TBD.

Details about rescheduling postponed events will be provided once they are available. If you have any questions about creative writing events at GCC, please contact jeffrey.baker@gccaz.edu.