2019 JESSAMYN WEST CREATIVE WRITING CONTEST
The English Department of Napa Valley College invites unpublished works of short fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction for the 2019 Jessamyn West Creative Writing Contest. First, second and third place winners will be selected in each of the three categories. A first prize of $150, a second prize of $100, and a third prize of $50 will be awarded in each of the three categories. All winners will have their work published in our Jessamyn West Creative Writing Contest Anthology (medium to be determined). In addition, winners will receive free entry to all public events, including craft lectures and readings, at the 2019 Napa Valley Writers’ Conference (July 28 - August 2). The contest is open to all Napa Valley College students enrolled in classes on a full or part-time basis during the last twelve months.
The deadline for receipt of entries is
FRIDAY, APRIL 5 AT NOON.
Participants may enter a maximum of one story, one essay, and five poems. All entries must be typed in a standard 12- point font and should be original and previously unpublished works. Fiction and Non-Fiction: Entries should be typed, double-spaced with 1” or 1 ½” margins and should not exceed twenty pages. Poetry: Poets may enter a maximum of five poems or five pages of typed poetry. To clarify: There should be no more than one poem per page and no more than one column of poetry on a page even if the lines are skinny enough to fit two columns side by side. If one or more poems are longer than one page, the total number of poems must be reduced so that the entire manuscript is no more than five pages. Complete an entry form for each poem. Your name should not appear anywhere on the manuscript itself. Only electronic submissions will be accepted. Follow all formatting guidelines for submissions. Email your submissions as a MS-Word attachment along with the completed entry form for each entry. Links to any online document storage such as Google Docs, OneDrive, or Dropbox, will not be accepted. Email electronic submissions to email@example.com.
Entries will be screened by the English Department with final judging done by professional writers from outside the college.
All manuscripts must adhere to the following guidelines:
Submissions must be received by Manuscripts that do not follow the formatting guidelines or that do not have a completely filled out entry form with complete information will be disqualified. Results will be announced in early May, and an awards reception and reading, is tentatively scheduled on Tuesday, May 14, 3:00-5:00 pm. in the Community Room at Napa Valley College. For further information, please contact Jacob Knight, writing contest coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or Gina Stofan, division secretary at 256-7726 or email@example.com.
FRIDAY, APRIL 5 AT NOON in order to be eligible.
2019 Napa Valley College Jessamyn West
Creative Writing Contest Entry Form
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It's our pleasure to announce the results of
the 2018 Jessamyn West Creative Writing Contest. This year's winners are
Announcing the Winners in Fiction – Lakin Khan, Napa Valley College English instructor, Fiction Judge
1st Prize: "To Feel Laughter" by Victoria Hagler
2nd Prize: "Murder Census Account Act" by Sierra Smith
3rd Prize: "Dangerous Curves" by Robert Winters"
Honorable Mention: "Slow Dancing in the Shower" by Kevin Rebultan
Announcing the Winners in Poetry – Nan Cohen, Poetry Program Director of the Napa Valley Writers' Conference, Poetry Judge
1st Prize: "Urban Haiku News Chain Migration" by Dominic Triglia
2nd Prize: "Okay" by Maricar Dela Cruz
3rd Prize: "Change" by Enrique Lopez-Segura
Announcing the Winners in Nonfiction – Sean Scully, Napa Valley Register Editor, Nonfiction Judge
1st Prize: "Pole Dancing" by Casey Strathdee
2nd Prize: "Adios, Francisco" by Dina Corcoran
3rd Prize: "A Life Worth Living For" by Anna Le
Honorable Mention: "Between the Devil and the Deep Blue
Sea" by Aletheia Morden
Announcing the Winners in
the Art Contest – Amanda Badgett, NVC Art History Professor and May
Jong, NVC Studio Arts Instructor, Art Judges
1st Prize: "Untitled" by Yesenia Avila-Cortez
Honorable Mentions: Linnea Carr, Gabe Narcisco, Nicolai Sholders