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Student Literary Competition

2020 Student Literary Competition

The Student Literary Competition is an annual national competition made possible by the League for Innovation. The competition allows community college students around the country to submit creative writing pieces to their schools in hopes of winning monetary prizes. 

The Dallas County Community College District is currently one of 19 community colleges around the country that is invited to participate annually.


Participants submit their piece(s) from one of the following genres: Poetry, Fiction, Essay or One-Act Play.

The first-place winners in each category will be entered into a districtwide competition for a chance to compete nationally. Monetary prizes are awarded to first-, second- and third-place winners who compete at the national level. National competition prizes are $500 for first place, $200 for second and $100 for third.

Submission Requirements

Each entry must meet the following guidelines.

1.) The cover page for each entry must include:
  • Author's name
  • Home address, phone number and email address
  • School acronym and genre (BHC-Fiction, for example)
  • School name
  • Title of entry

2.) The upper-right corner of each page must include:
  • Title of entry
  • School acronym and genre (BHC-Fiction, for example)
  • Page number

3.) The author's name must not appear on any page of the entry itself.

4.) Maximum length:
  • Poetry: 67 lines
  • Essay: 2,500 words
  • One-Act Play: 3,500 words
  • Fiction: 3,500 words

Students may submit multiple works: five maximum poems, and two maximum each for the fiction, essay and one-act play genres.

How to Submit

Following the submission requirements above, email your entries as Word
documents (.doc, .docx or .rtf files) to Aaron Clark at amClark@dcccd.edu by March 29, 2020

Title your email: Contest Submission, Genre, Your Name, Title of Work. (For example: Contest Submission, Fiction, Jo Lee, “Oh June”)

For more information, email Aaron Clark at amClark@dcccd.edu or visit Bldg. L, Room L362.