Due to Covid-19 and distance learning in our
local high schools, we will not be conducting the high school portion of our creative writing contest this year. We will resume the high school contest in spring 2022. In the meantime, please congratulate last year’s winners on their
High School Creative
First, second, and third place winners will be selected in each of the three categories: fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction*. Winners will receive one free entry to all public events, including craft lectures and readings, at the 2020 Napa Valley Writers’ Conference (July 26-31, 2020). Winners will also have their work published in our Jessamyn West Creative Writing Contest Anthology (medium to be determined). Results will be announced in early May, and an awards reception and reading will be held at Napa Valley College on Thursday, May 21.
It is our pleasure to share with you the winners of the 2020 Jessamyn West High School Writing Contest. We had many submissions for our fiction, poetry, and nonfiction categories from schools across the Napa District.
Anouncing the Winners in Fiction – Aaron DiFranco, NVC Professor of English, Judge
First Prize: "The Life of a Pepper Gatherer" by Erin Meader (Vintage)
Second Prize: "Ozymandias" by Conlan Harrington (St. Helena High)
Third Prize: "Deja Vu" by Juliana Mari Lascano Pablo (American Canyon High)
Honorable Mention: "You Don't Have to Run Away Anymore" by Natalie Schofield (American Canyon High)
Announcing the Winners in Poetry – Lisa Yanover, NVC Professor of English, Judge
First Prize: "Zoe Had Always Loved San Francisco" by Denna Dom (New Tech)
Second Prize: "Desolation Wilderness" by Vanessa Chen (Vintage)
Third Prize: "The Essence of Adolescence" by Alexandria Holtslag (Vintage)
Announcing the Winners in Nonfiction – Aaron DiFranco and Lisa Yanover, NVC Professors of English, Judges
High Excellence: "The Lover Doves" by Alexandria Holtslag (Vintage)
Calling all high school writers! Napa Valley College is looking for excellent writing from high school students in the Napa Valley.
Deadline: Monday, April 13, 2020
Participants may enter a maximum of one story, five poems, and one essay. All entries must be typed using a standard 12-point font and must conform to the highest standards of written English.
Complete an entry blank for each poem or manuscript you submit. Your name should not appear anywhere on the manuscript itself. Clean copies only.
Submit your work directly to your English teacher or mail it to: Jessamyn West High School Writing Contest, c/o Gina Stofan, English Department, Napa Valley College, 2277 Napa-Vallejo Hwy, Napa, CA 94558. You may also email your submission by April 13 to firstname.lastname@example.org. Email your submissions as an 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. All winners will be asked to email a digital copy of their work for publication purposes.
All manuscripts must adhere to the following guidelines:
Fiction and Non-Fiction: Entries should be typed, double-spaced and should not exceed 12 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 or one column of poetry per page even if the lines are skinny enough to fit two columns on a page. 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 blank for each poem. Manuscripts that do not follow the formatting guidelines or that do not have fully filled out entry forms will be disqualified. *Non-fiction includes reflective essays, essays on literature, humorous sketches, and personal narratives or memoirs. For further information, please contact Aaron DiFranco, writing contest coordinator at 256-7759 or email@example.com or Gina Stofan, administrative assistant at 256-7726 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
2020 Jessamyn West High School Creative Writing Contest Entry Form
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