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SCCC Annual Broadside Contest


The SCCC Creative Writing Festival Committee and Broadside Contest Jurors are pleased to announce the winners of our first annual Broadside Contest. The winning broadsides will be printed in a limited, numbered edition and sold in support of the SCCC Creative Writing Festival and/or the SCCC Creative Writing Awards for College Writers. Winners will receive copies of their broadside,  and winners and runners-up will be honored at the 2018 SCCC Creative Writing Festival Conference day on Friday, April 27.


2018 Winners and Finalists


For the Ashley M. Jones' poem, "What it Means to Say Sally Hemings":


Winner: Claudia Ferdinand



About Claudia's broadside:

“My broadside’s design was directly influenced by everything describing Sally, and the one line ‘Silent Sally.’ The poem made it seem like she was so many things at once, so I gave her extra arms that were holding her children’s hands, … a mirror and hairbrush for her beauty, and… a suitcase because she traveled often.


"The line ‘Silent Sally’ caused me to have her hold something over her face, like paper, to have the text placed there in a dark ... font. I also made this decision because there were many interpretations of how Sally looked, so I let the poem describe her."


First Runner Up: Jeremias Hernandez



About Jeremias's broadside:

“The poem reads with an emphasis on Sally’s blackness. In the first seven lines everything [implied] is ‘You’re pretty, for a black girl.’ Or, 'you’re smart, for a black girl.’ Even though Sally is mixed, she is still black, and has to deal with all those struggles. Many stereotypes are used, some of which include black women being promiscuous and black women having bastard children. To top it off, Sally’s son, Eston, chose to deny his black heritage. All these negative lashes towards black women lead to my design.


"My reasoning behind putting the text into their own individual white boxes has to do with each line of the poem being a separate lash at Sally. None of them really make up anything about her, they are just single comments and remarks people threw in her direction."


Second Runner Up: Betzy Pilco-Plaza



About Betzy's broadside:

“The line that really impacted the way I saw the meaning of the poem was the very last line, ‘Sally, Whose Children Were Freed Without Her.’ I had the vision of a mother watching as her children left without her … There is a rattling, shaking cage with a mourning dove flying and struggling to get out. The chains on her keep her in Monticello. As her four children fly off, they molt their brown feathers and turn into white doves. This symbolizes how they are letting go of their black heritage and associating themselves as white Americans. The shades in the sky represent two moods where Sally is stuck in Monticello (with the plantation looming in the background) and her kids fly off into a light blue sky.”


For the prose excerpt from Sue Halpern's novel Summer Hours at the Robbers Library:


Winner: Joseph Kennedy




About Joe's broadside:

"I focused mainly on the line talking about the owl searching for a mate. I intended on looking at the owl straight on, but after finishing I realized it could also be interpreted as an owl on each side of the tree coming together to mate."


First Runner Up: Juliana Prisco



About Jules's broadside:

"I chose to not go with a typical night sky but rather my interpretation of their emotions. I sense love, playfulness, and innocence between the two characters."


Second Runner Up: Faith LaLiberte



About Faith's broadside:

"For this art piece I wanted to create something simple and easy to understand, or that clearly depicts what the [prose] … convey[s] while also being unique at the same time . . . I placed the text next to the owl so the empty space feels more filled. The shooting stars in the owl silhouette  represent the wishes that the two shared."

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