A Celebration of Teaching and Writing

Guidelines for the SCCC Creative Writing Awards for College Writers

The SCCC Creative Writing Festival celebrates notable student writers through the SCCC Creative Writing Awards for College Writers.  First, Second, Third places and Honorable Mentions will be awarded in FOUR genres:


• Poetry

• Fiction

• Creative Nonfiction

• One Act Play


Winners of the Creative Writing Awards for College Writers will receive:


  • An invitation to attend the 2018 Creative Writing Festival and a small awards ceremony during the Conference Day luncheon, April 27, 2018
  • A certificate of merit signed by the festival co-chairs
  • Publication in an online and/or print version of East End Elements, the literary magazine of SCCC's Eastern Campus
  • 2 copies of the publication in which their work appears
  • A gift card to Powell's Books, the World's Largest Independent Bookstore, redeemable in all Powell's stores and online at Powells.com


Contest Submission Guidelines


1. All submissions must be submitted through our online submission system (see button below).  All work must be original and previously unpublished. No simultaneous submissions, please.


2. The student’s name and undergraduate institution must NOT appear anywhere on the submission.


3. Writing should be carefully edited and proofread.


4. For poetry: Submit three to five poems. Make sure each poem has a title. One poem per page, please.


5. For fiction: Submit one story up to twenty pages (double spaced) long.  We would prefer a complete piece rather than an excerpt.


6. For  creative nonfiction: Submit one creative nonfiction essay up to twenty  pages (double spaced) long. We welcome creative/literary nonfiction, including the memoir, the lyric essay, literary journalism, and narrative nonfiction—creative essays. PLEASE NOTE: TRADITIONAL ACADEMIC  PROSE WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.


7. For the one act play: Submit a one act play of up to 30 pages in standard play format. We would prefer a complete piece rather than an excerpt.


8. Students may submit in more  than one genre.


9. Submissions will be accepted beginning May 1, 2017, but must be received by February 17, 2018 to be considered for the 2018 awards. Judging will not take place until the deadline passes, and all judges’ decisions will be made by the end of March 2018.





Held annually on the Michael J. Grant, Ammerman, and Eastern Campuses of Suffolk County Community College (www.sunysuffolk.edu) in Suffolk County, NY

Updated: January 2019