Thank you to everyone who submitted creative work to the Traveler for this academic year. We are honored and grateful for your participation in our literary contest. The contest is closed for now, but it will reopen again in Fall 2023.
Without further ado, here are the literary selections for this year’s Traveler:
1st Place: The Dreamer, by Ben Bruce
2nd Place: 8 Minutes and 20 Seconds, by Jack Nichols
3rd Place: Bioluminescent Walks After Dark, by Joselyn Lopez
Honorable Mention: Front Doors, by Jessie Kurak
Honorable Mention: Beer Run, by Patrick McCarthy
1st Place: The Tallest Grass, by Lilli Titus
2nd Place: Lucky Fish, by Jessie Kurak
3rd Place: Problems as a Straight Woman, by Lilli Titus
Honorable Mention: First Drink, by Patrick McCarthy
1st Place: A Love Song to Tomatoes, by Carol Powell
2nd Place: Room for Dessert, by Jessie Kurak
3rd Place: Stone Fires, by Brianna Lucio
Honorable Mention: Carousel, by Jessie Kurak
Honorable Mention: The Storm, by Hailey Wyman
1st Place: The Gas Station, by Catherine Cubillas
2nd Place: Bunny Island, by Constantine Dino Cotton
“Places are never just places in a piece of writing. If they are, the author has failed,” author Carmen Maria Machado insists. “Setting is not inert. It is activated by point of view.”
Whether we land our readers in Hogwarts or in Wonderland, at 221B Baker Street, London or 31 Spooner Street, Quahog, Rhode Island, whether they witness the unraveling tales of Derry, Maine or of Forks, Washington, the setting of a story does more than simply mark a spot on a real or fictional map. As Machado notes, setting is often overlooked, but it plays a crucial role in the creation of a story, and in some stories, setting is a role in the story; it becomes a character all its own.
Come join the Saturday Workshop to discuss the necessity of setting, examine the effects of setting on plot, and to garner techniques for creating parallels between setting and other integral story elements like characters, foreshadowing, symbolism, and theme.
After extensive review of nearly 100 submissions, we are happy to announce the selections for our Traveler: Arts & Literary Magazine. Congratulations to our selected authors, and thank you to everyonewho submitted. We are honored to read your work, and we hope that you will continue to submit your creations to Traveler during your time at GCC. Thank you, as well, to our student readers and our faculty and community judges. We could not do this without you!
1st Place: Half Life, by Carol Powell
2nd Place: Cuyahoga Cuspidor Company, by Peter Faur
3rd Place: I’m Afraid, by Jack Nichols
Honorable Mention: Call Me Bathysklera, by Francis Wiget
Honorable Mention: You Get What You Pay For, by Francis Wiget
1st Place: Paper Jungle, by Angela Lilu
2nd Place: God Loves Ugly, by Chuck Wan
3rd Place: The Lynx Lake Trail, by Joselyn Maria Lopez
1st Place: Fury, by Abbigayle McCall
2nd Place: The Lonely Trees, by Joselyn Maria Lopez
3rd Place: To Sleep in a Sea of Stars, by Abbigayle McCall
Honorable Mention: Enochs, by Payton Sparks
Honorable Mention: A Box of Memories, by Joselyn Maria Lopez
1st Place: A Primer on Kimmerian Witchcraft, by Francis Wiget
The deadline to submit your creative work to The Traveler, GCC’s Arts & Literary Journal, is quickly approaching. Submit your stories, poems, creative essays, and plays by Sunday, December 5th to be considered for publication.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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:
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.
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
Spring is near, and soon it will once again be time to be funny and make money. On March 18th, from 6PM to 8PM, students can compete for not one, but two awards for humorous poetry. First place in the Randy Smith Award will earn $100 and second place will earn $50.
As with last year, if you would like to participate, bring an original poem, read/perform it in front of our live and supportive audience, laugh at the hilarity of your peers, and possibly take home some extra cash. Participants will be afforded three minutes to read their work, and they must be registered GCC students. See the flyer below and direct any questions to email@example.com.