2009-2010 Maricopa Community Colleges
Creative Writing Competition
OFFICIAL ENTRY FORM
Deadline: 12 Noon, Friday, November 20, 2009
COMPLETE ENTRY MUST BE RECEIVED BY DEADLINE TO
NAME STUDENT I.D. #___________________
Last First MI
Street City Zip
Home Work email
TITLE OF ENTRY
TYPE OF ENTRY (circle one) Poetry Fiction Essay One-Act Play/Script
COLLEGE (circle one) Chandler-Gilbert Estrella Mountain Gateway Glendale
Mesa Paradise Valley Phoenix Rio Salado Scottsdale South Mountain
PLEASE READ BEFORE SIGNING: I certify that I have not been awarded First Place in previous Maricopa County
Community College District (MCCCD) Creative Writing Competitions in this category, that this entry is my original
work, and neither whole nor part of this entry has been used in any publication except in a MCCCD publication. I
understand my application must be completed following competition guidelines, and can be rejected if it does not
meet the general eligibility or the specific entry requirements. If this is an award-winning entry, I further grant license
for publication or excerpt by MCCCD.
Signature of Applicant (required) Date
TO BE FILLED IN BY COLLEGE COORDINATOR
I verify that this entrant is currently enrolled as a “for credit” student at this college and meets the eligibility criteria .
Signature of College Creative Writing Coordinator Date
Guidelines are on the back of this entry form. For more information, please contact your Creative Writing Coordinator (see below), or
the MCLI office at (480) 731-8630. MS Word and PDF entry forms can be found at:
Chandler-Gilbert: Patrick Finn (480) 857-5543 Phoenix: Lisa Miller (602) 285-7348
Estrella Mountain: Rod Freeman (623) 935-8451 Paradise Valley: Lois Roma-Deeley (602) 787-6577
Glendale: John Ventola (623) 845-3432 Rio Salado: Sandi Marniella (480) 517-8529
GateWay: Dean Stover (602) 286-8726 Scottsdale: Sandra Desjardins (480) 423-6415
Mesa: Joshua Rathkamp (480) 461-7560 South Mountain: Sara Kinsey (602) 243-8347
Creative Writing Competition Guidelines
IMPORTANT!!! READ and COMPLY WITH ALL GUIDELINES
Entries not meeting guidelines and entry requirements will not be accepted
The Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD) announces the Creative Writing Competition for 2009-10.
The four categories are poetry, fiction, essay, and one-act play/script.
1. A contestant must be a currently enrolled "for credit" student at one of the Maricopa Community Colleges
(ALL FACULTY EXCLUDED). Entries must be works written during the students' enrollment in credit courses at
an MCCCD college.
2. Students who have won First Place in a category are not eligible to participate again in that category. Entries
must be received by the individual college Creative Writing Coordinator listed on the front of this application no
later than 12:00 NOON ON FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 2009.
3. Only one entry per category may be submitted by an individual. Contestants must include the completed Official
Creative Writing Contest 2009-10 entry form with each entry.
4. Entries cannot be works from a previous publication or award winners from previous MCCCD Creative Writing
contests. The only exception is a publication directly related to Maricopa County Community College District
(i.e., campus newspaper, classroom newsletter, etc).
5. MAXIMUM LENGTH:
• Poetry - 67 lines • Fiction - 3000 words • Essay - 2000 words
• One-Act Play/Script - 3000 words including stage direction and production notes.
6. The upper right corner of each page of the entry must include TITLE OF ENTRY and PAGE NUMBER.
7. Provide a cover page with the entry. The cover page must include AUTHOR’S NAME, HOME ADDRESS, PHONE
NUMBER, and TITLE OF ENTRY.
8. Entries must be submitted in two forms to your college coordinator:
(1) A hard copy, word-processed, using MS Word, 12 point type, double-spaced and submitted on 8 1/2 x 11”
white paper. Poetry entries may be single-spaced.
(2) A file on a 3.5 inch high-density disk or compact disk (CD), with no other files other than the entry.
IMPORTANT to ensure that your entry can be opened for judging review: If using the new Word 2007, “save
as” your document in Word 97-2003, and submit that version of the entry file on the disk/CD.
9. Place both hard copy and disc/CD in an unsealed, 8-1/2”X11” large envelope or pocket folder.
The words, “Creative Writing Competition Entry,” AND the category of the entry must be indicated on the front
of the envelope or pocket folder. Each envelope or pocket folder may contain only one entry. Entries not submitted
as requested will not be accepted.
Judging: The judges will be professionals in the field of creative writing. The decisions of the judges are final.
Awards: Scholarship Awards will be distributed in the following manner for each category:
Poetry, Fiction, Essay, and One-Act Play/Script
First Place (1)* $300 Second Place (1) $200 Third Place (1) $150
Judges may award up to three Honorable Mention scholarships of $100 at their discretion.
*First Place winners, with the exception of Script, will be entered in the national League for Innovation in the Community
College’s Student Literary Competition and be required to complete League application materials. The One-Act Play
category in the League Competition does not include scripts. The highest evaluated One-Act Play in 1st, 2nd, or 3rd place
will be submitted to the League for Innovation for judging.
Disclaimer: Maricopa County Community College District assumes no responsibility for lost, misdirected, stolen
entries, or printing errors in the final publication. All physical entries become the property of MCCCD without
infringement on the copyrights of the entrants. MCCCD reserves the right to edit for spelling and grammatical errors.
Entries will be screened for proper submission procedures and will be rejected if they do not meet the general
eligibility or the specific entry requirements.
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