MCC 2023 Writing Competition

MCC Creative Writing Competition Guidelines, Spring 2023

Please read all following guidelines as a submission not meeting the entry requirements may not be considered

Mesa Community College (MCC) is pleased to announce its creative writing competition for 2023. All eligible MCC students are encouraged to submit to the poetry category, prose category, or both.

General Eligibility

1. A contestant must be a currently enrolled “for credit” student at Mesa Community College during the semester of the competition (spring 2023). All faculty are excluded. Entries must be works written during the student's enrollment in credit courses at MCC.

2. Entries must be unpublished works that have not won previous awards.

3. Students who have previously won first place in a category are not eligible to participate in that category again.

4. Entries must be received by Jeremy Broyles, the director of the creative writing program, no later than 5:00 p.m. close of business on Friday April 7, 2023. All entries must be emailed to Please adhere to the following guidelines when submitting an entry.

  • Within the subject line, write “MCC Creative Writing Competition—[Genre]—[Student’s last name].” As a sample, then, consider the following: MCC Creative Writing Competition—Poetry—Johnson
  • Do not place your name anywhere within the actual writing submission itself. Entries will be judged blind.
  • Prose entries should be double-spaced with the word count listed in the upper right-hand corner of page one.
  • Poetry entries should be single-spaced unless the poem’s formatting demands otherwise.
  • Please title your submission.
  • Each entry should include two attachments: the entry form and the writing submission itself. Ensure the attachments are .doc or .docx documents. Google Docs are also acceptable.

5. Only one entry per category may be submitted by one individual. Contestants must include a completed MCC Creative Writing Competition entry form with each entry. That form is included at the bottom of this page.

6. Please note the entry length maximums.

  • Poetry – No more than 100 total lines
  • Prose (fiction and nonfiction) – No more than 3,000 total words

Judging and Awards

All judges will be current MCC faculty. All decisions of the judges are final. Awards will be distributed in the following manner for both the poetry category and prose category.

  • First place - $600
  • Second place - $400
  • Third place - $200
  • Honorable mention(s) - $100

Up to three honorable mention awards per category may be granted. MCC reserves the right to disperse funds as outlined above. Additionally, MCC reserves the right not to disperse funds should there not be a sufficient number of entries to warrant the granting of awards.

All cash prizes will first be attributed to any debt owed the college. If no student debt is owed, the award will be distributed in cash.

Submission and Consideration

  • The complete application must be received by close of business 5:00 p.m. on Friday, April 7, 2023.
  • All judging will be conducted by Mesa Community College faculty, and all decisions of the judges are final.
  • All questions/concerns can be directed to Jeremy Broyles at
  • The entry form can be downloaded here: Entry Form.docx

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