2020 Artists of Promise - Creative Writing Competition

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Overview

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 Artists of Promise on April 23, 2020, at the Herberger Theater in Phoenix, AZ. 

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.

Recent Editions of Passages

Competition Details

Maximum Length of Submissions

  • 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 upper right corner of each page of the entry must include the Page Number.  Your name appearing anywhere on your creative writing document will result in an automatic disqualification.

Entries must be submitted online via the Survey Monkey Applied website. College coordinators will verify submissions. Please note the document MUST be word-processed in a 12 point type and in 8 1/2 x 11” formatting.

Eligibility

  • A contestant must be a currently enrolled "for credit" student at one of the Maricopa Community Colleges (All faculty excluded). Entries must be works written during the students' enrollment in credit courses at an MCCCD college. Students who have previously won First Place in a category are not eligible to submit again in that category. 
  • ALL entries MUST be submitted online through the Survey Monkey Applied Link: insert link
  • Only one entry per category may be submitted by an individual. Entries cannot be works from a previous publication or works that have already placed in the Maricopa district competition.

Submission and Judging Process

Entries not meeting guidelines and entry requirements will not be accepted.  Entries from each of the categories will be blind reviewed by a panel of experts in the corresponding discipline. Winners in each of the categories will be showcased in Passages, a Maricopa Community Colleges annual publication dedicated to the competition.  

Please see the application for Competition Requirements, Criterion, and to submit your work.

Entry Process Opens: September 15, 2019
Student Entry Deadline: November 8, 2019

Online adjudication will take place from late November 2019 to the end of December 2019.  The judges are professionals in the field of creative writing. The decisions of the judges are final.

Maricopa County Community College District assumes no responsibility for lost, misdirected entries, or printing errors in the final publication. All physical entries become the property of MCCCD without infringement on the copyrights of the entrants. MCCCD reserves the right to edit for spelling and grammatical errors. Entries will be screened for proper submission procedures and will be rejected if they do not meet the general eligibility or the specific entry requirements.

Awards

  • Winners will be notified in January 2020 by the Maricopa Center for Learning & Innovation (MCLI).  
  • First-place work in each category will be recognized at the Artists of Promise performance scheduled for April 23, 2020 (event exhibition) at the Herberger Theater in Phoenix, AZ.
  • All first-place winners MUST attend the performance.
  • All awards will be issued via U.S. Mail shortly after the Artists of Promise performance.
    • $300 for first place;
    • $200 for second place; 
    • $100 for third place.

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

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Cost

Free

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