District & GCC Writing Competitions

Friends. Fall is here, winter approaches, and with these seasons come the usual visitors: 90 to 100 degree weather, National Novel Writing Month, existential dread, and writing competitions within the Maricopa Community College District and here at GCC.

First up is Maricopa’s competition, which is open to all students within the Maricopa district. The contest accepts submissions in essay, fiction, one-act play/script, and poetry categories. The deadline for this contest is November 17th, 2017.  

UPDATE: The deadline has been extended to December 1st, 2017 by 10:59PM.

Read through the official entry guidelines and submit here: Creative Writing at MCCCD.


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Not to be outdone, GCC has our own writing contest through the Traveler, our arts and literary magazine. We accept the same genres as the district competition above–essay, fiction, one-act play/script, and poetry. Plus, we also accept submissions of flash fiction (500 words or fewer) as a separate category.

To read the full entry guidelines and submit your work, head here: Submissions


Don’t know which competition to submit to? Simple: submit to both.

Any work you enter into the district competition can also be entered in the Traveler competition, and the reverse is also true.

Problem solved. Now, get your work ready, polish it up, and submit!

Winners for the District Writing Competition!

Once again, we congratulate a series of dedicated and creative writers. Listed below are the winners for Maricopa’s District Writing Competition. This is a highly contested competition that accepts entries from all of the colleges in the MCCCD. Congratulations to all writers from all of our sister colleges, but we would be remiss not to highlight those from GCC.
Essay:
  • Malka Daskai, PVCC, 1st Place, The Rabbit Who Didn’t Believe
  • Bob Buchanan, SCC, 2nd Place, Apocalypse on the Prairie
  • Maja Zmyslowski, MCC, 3rd Place, The Alchemy of Pierogi
  • Sara Dobie Bauer, GCC, Hon. Ment., Mementos
  • Spencer Litman, MCC, Hon. Ment., Like Venom
  • Cholly Robertson, SCC, Hon. Ment., The Year of the Butterflies
  • Sydney Todd, SCC, Hon. Ment., When the Music Stopped Flowing
Fiction:
  • Maja Zmyslowski, MCC, 1st Place, Flipping the Bird
  • Jacquelyn Rowe, MCC, 2nd Place, Welcome to Everton
  • Spencer Litman, MCC, 3rd Place, Elephatine
  • Donna King, RSC, Hon. Ment., Eyes of Love
  • Daniel Matlock, CGCC, Hon. Ment., Beagle in Mind
  • Katarina Rector, RSC, Hon. Ment., The Desecrator of Power
  • Sameena Mathur, SCC, Hon. Ment., The Large House
Poetry:
  • Jaime Faulkner, MCC, 1st Place, On the Corner of Rural and Guadalupe
  • Jessica Gnoza, MCC, 2nd Place, Roundabout
  • Taylor Shepard, MCC, 3rd Place, Why I’ll Use It
  • Spencer Litman, MCC, Hon. Ment., Seven Minutes
  • Bob Buchanan, SCC, Hon. Ment., It Wasn’t Supposed to be that Way
  • Maja Zmyslowski, MCC, Hon. Ment., Citizen Ghost
  • Garrett Iannarelli, SCC, Hon. Ment., Down Range in Afghanistan
One Act Play/Script:
  • Eric Bond, GCC, 1st Place, Shared Body Parts
  • Carol Gibson, SCC, 2nd Place, A Scouting Trip
  • Maja Zmyslowski, MCC, 3rd Place, A Boat Afloat
  • Madelyn Sugg, RSC, Hon., Ment., Something About Kyle
  • Garrett Iannareli, SCC, Hon., Ment., Post Traumatic

Last Call(s) for Submissions!

Quick reminders with no funny business:

Later this week (Friday, December 2nd) is the final opportunity to submit your work to GCC’s Traveler Writing Competition. Submit right here on the GCCAZCRW blog: https://gccazcrw.com/traveler/submissions/

(This deadline has passed.) Monday, November 28th is the final day to submit your work to Maricopa’s District Writing Competition. Head here for guidelines and submission forms: http://bit.ly/2g4v7rL

 

District Writing Competition Extended to Nov. 28th

In an effort to give writers more time to revise and submit their work, the District Writing Competition has extended its submission deadline to November 28th. This is a ten-day extension. For more information about submission guidelines, and to submit your work directly, please follow this link: https://mcli.maricopa.edu/district-programming/district-fine-arts-program/creative-writing

Now, those of us at The Traveler don’t want to act all superior here, claiming that the District is a bunch of copycats and pointing out how we extended our deadline first, but, well, we did. The power of The Traveler is far greater, it seems, than anyone ever knew.

So, for those keeping score:

  • The deadline for the District Writing Competition is now November 28th.
  • The deadline for GCC’s Traveler contest is now December 2nd.

Email Jeff Baker at jeffrey.baker@gccaz.edu if you have any questions or fashion tips.

District Writing Competition is Live!

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What’s better than one writing competition? Two writing competitions!

What’s better than two writing competitions? Three writing competitions! OK, you’re technically right. Three is better than two, but now you’re just being greedy. You’re going to live with two, and you’re going to like it. Or, you’re going to pretend you like it. When we walk past each other in the halls, share a table an an Open Mic, sit next to one another at a Saturday Morning Workshop, you’re going to smile and remark, “Yes, GCCAZCRW Blog, I do like two writing competitions. Also, that is a very long acronym, and it doesn’t particularly roll off the tongue. I sure hope there are snow cones here.”

And so it goes in civilized society.

Meanwhile, you’re going to submit your brilliant, creative, original work not only to The Traveler, but also to MCCCD’s District Writing Competition. Submission guidelines, eligibility rules, and instructions for the submission process can be found here: https://mcli.maricopa.edu/district-programming/district-fine-arts-program/creative-writing

The deadline for the district’s competition is eerily similar to the deadline for the Traveler, as if, perhaps, the two entities are colluding in some fashion. A joining, you might say. A convergence. That deadline is November 18th, 2016.

Any additional questions should be directed to Jeff Baker at jeffrey.baker@gccaz.edu.

District Writing Competition Winners!

This week, the winners of MCCCD’s writing competitions were announced, and GCC is proud to see that four GCC students have been selected by the the judges. We are also thrilled that there is such a healthy crop of writers across the district, and we want to offer special congratulations to GCC’s own:

  • Phillip Boddy Jr. for winning 1st Place in the Essay category!
  • Eric Bond for winning 1st Place in One-Act Plays/Scripts!
  • Raymond Nokes for winning 2nd Place in Fiction!
  • Jamie Lee Heath for winning 3rd Place in Fiction!

We hope to see an even greater GCC presence with these awards next year. For a full list of winners, see below.


Essay:

  • Phillip Boddy Jr., GCC, “Our Summer of Love with the Goddess”, 1st Place*
  • Amanda Burns, SMCC, “The Frozen Chosen”, 2nd Place
  • William Alewyn, MCC, “Lucy’s Nick”, 3rd Place
  • Stephen Byrd, CGCC, “The Smell of Freedom”, Honorable Mention

Fiction:

  • William Alewyn, MCC, “And in Purgatory”, 1st Place*
  • Raymond Nokes, GCC, “New Home”, 2nd Place
  • Jamie Lee Heath, GCC, “Fag Country”, 3rd Place
  • Spencer Litman, PVCC, “The Monster”, Honorable Mention
  • Chaudhry Vidhushi, SCC, “The Shawl Seller”, Honorable Mention
  • James Wright, PC, “Ironic, Ain’t It”, Honorable Mention
  • John Chakravarty, PC, “Brake Lights”, Honorable Mention

Poetry:

  • Valerie Neal, MCC, “Carousel Transitioning into Stage Three”, 1st Place*
  • Matthew Hoober, SCC, “Perigee”,  2nd Place
  • William Pluchel, SCC, “The Rattle”, 3rd Place
  • Howard Gershkowitz, MCC, “A Survivor’s Story.  A Railcar’s Introduction”, Honorable Mention
  • Kylyn McCarty, MCC, “On the Third Street”, Honorable Mention
  • Joy Bickman, MCC, “Hid in a Soft-Sided Suitcase”, Honorable Mention
  • Charlotte Coburn, MCC, “Relative Distance”, Honorable Mention

One Act-Play/Script:

  • Eric Bond, GCC, “Potted Plants”, 1st Place*
  • Caleb Asay, MCC, “A Moment of Clarity”, 2nd Place
  • Ariel Tomb, RSC, “Before You Go”, 3rd Place

 

 

Last Day to Submit to CRW Competitions!

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Today, December 4th, is the FINAL DAY to submit your creative work to The Traveler and the district’s Creative Writing Competition deadline!

You have until 10:59PM to submit your poems, stories, scripts, and creative essays. Winning entries from the district competition go onto the national competition hosted by the League of Innovation. At both levels, the winning students will win cash awards and be published. At the district level, we publish a very nice paperback book of all first through third place entries. Chosen entries from The Traveler submissions will be published in our next issue, set to go into production in the spring.

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Things to Know:

  • Requirements and submissions page for The Traveler can be found here: www.gccaz.edu/traveler-entry
  • Requirements and submissions page for the district competition can be found here: https://mcli.maricopa.edu/arts/creative-writing
  • The district creative writing competition awards $300 for first place, $200 for second place, and $100 for third place.
  • For submitting to The Traveler, you must have an active GCC email account. It is required by the submission page.
  • For submitting to the district competition, you must be an active student in the district, and you must create a CaFE account to submit your entries. Instructions for creating this account can be found at the submission page.
  • Both competitions require you to submit your work electronically. There are no physical submissions.
  • You are allowed to submit to both competitions at the same time. So, if you are submitting a short story, for example, you can submit it to both The Traveler and the district competition. Do not be shy.