Each year, the Maricopa Community Colleges hold district-wide arts competitions and celebrations. A writing contest is part of these celebrations, and as writers, you are contractually obligated to submit your creative work to this contest. It’s right there in the fine print, if you look close enough, beneath the bits about imprisonment for tearing mattress labels and how breakfast is the most important meal of the day.
Winning this competition not only results in publication in the district’s annual Passages magazine, but also a monetary award. Writers who place first, second, and third receive $300, $200, and $100 dollars respectively. First Place winners will be entered in the National Student Literary Competition sponsored by the League for Innovation.
Much like GCC’s Traveler competition, the district accepts work from four genres (listed below). To review the guidelines in depth, and to submit your work, follow this link: https://events.maricopa.edu/event/artists-promise-creative-writing.
The deadline is November 18th, 2019! (Updated)
- Essay: 2,000 words
- Fiction: 3,000 words
- One-Act Play/Script: 3,000 words including stage direction and/or production notes
- Poetry: 67 lines
The Traveler, GCC’s Arts & Literary Magazine, is now open for submissions! We accept original works of fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, and drama from registered GCC students. To submit, head here: Submissions Page.
While we here at GCC and in Maricopa have our own writing contests, we’d be remiss not to draw your attention to the numerous other opportunities you have elsewhere. One of these contests is hosted within our very state at the Tucson Festival of Books, and the deadline looms. Here are some details:
We are just a few days away from our Humorous Poetry Contest and our celebratory reading for the 2018-2019 Traveler winners. A few of our literary winners from this year’s Traveler will lead off the night, sharing their winning work. Afterwards, participants in the Humorous Poetry Contest will read/perform their funniest, most creative poetry, making us laugh and smile and snort.
Come to compete, come to listen, come to support this great opportunity for the GCC writing community!
- What: Humorous Poetry Contest (The Randy Smith Award for Humorous Poetry)
- When: Wednesday, March 6th from 7 to 9PM
- Where: GCC Main Campus, in SU-104 (A, B, C)
- Why: First place wins $100
This event is free and open to the public, but contest participants must be GCC students. We do not restrict the subjects of creative works.
It is with great pleasure that we announce the literary selections for the 2018-2019 issue of Traveler, GCC’s Arts & Literary Magazine. From roughly 100 submissions, the following pieces have been selected for publication:
- First Place: Charlie Bickel for “Creosote”
- Second Place: Jordan Johnson for “Free Tea Day”
- Third Place: Persephone Pilibossian for “The Price of Fitness”
- First Place: Malka Daskal for “Princes in All the Earth”
- Second Place: Mindee Bahr for “Without Child”
- Third Place: Raushan Mateen for “The Library of Peace”
- Honorable Mention: Dawn Gibbs for “Hatching Day”
- Honorable Mention: Lynne MacVean for “Memorette Gum”
- First Place: Persephone Pilibossian for “Reaching”
- Second Place: Persephone Pilibossian for “What is Due”
- Third Place: Jordan Johnson for “Mile Marker Eleven”
- Honorable Mention: Cynthia Herda for “Got Faith?”
- Honorable Mention: Cynthia Herda for “Imagine the Wind”
Our student staff, judges, and coordinator would like to express what an honor it has been to read all of the submissions. For those that were not selected for publication this time, please know that we value the opportunity to review your work, and we hope you will submit again for our next issue. Submissions will open up once more in Fall 2019.
We hope everyone joins Traveler staff and our literary selections for a celebratory reading on March 6th, from 7 to 9PM in SU-104 (GCC Main). Our student writers will read from their winning work. Also that night we will be holding a competition for our Randy Smith Award in Humorous Poetry (read more about that here). Between our Traveler readers and our humorous poetry competitors, we hope to have a fun and rewarding celebration of the creativity here at Glendale Community College.
The 2018-2019 issue will be available in print later this Spring. Thank you to all who submitted, and congratulations, once more, to our winners.
They said it would not happen. They said it was not possible. Well, I have no idea who “they” are, and if that’s even their real name, but here’s the deal: Due to popular demand, the deadlines for both GCC’s Traveler Literary Contest and the District’s Creative Writing Competition have been extended!
Remember, too, that you can submit your same creative work to both of these contests without any concern for conflict. If you have any questions, or if you have trouble submitting, please contact Jeff Baker at firstname.lastname@example.org.