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Sinclair Annual Creative Writing Contest

About the Contest

Eligibility: Open to those writers who have received no payment for published manuscripts in the category they are entering (payment includes free copies of journals in which their work has appeared). Previous first and second place winners are ineligible to enter categories in which they have won. They may, however, enter other categories. Sinclair faculty, staff and spouses are ineligible.

Judging: Members of the Sinclair Community College faculty will select the winning entries. Winners will be notified by phone in March.

Fees: There is no cost to enter.

Winners: The winning entry in each category will receive $100. Second place in each category will receive $75. Third place in each category will receive $50. The above winners along with those receiving honorable mention will receive certificates suitable for framing. Contest winners will be presented awards during an April ceremony at Sinclair Community College. Winners need not be present; awards will be mailed.

IMPORTANT! The winner of all categories will be awarded an Antioch Writers' Workshop (AWW) scholarship which includes a full tuition waiver to a week-long workshop in July of each year. Other first place winners will receive a scholarship to the Saturday AWW or may use their partial scholarship toward the full week.

Questions? Contact Professor Adrienne Cassel, Director Creative Writing Contest, Sinclair Community College at: 937 512-2896 or 

How to Submit Your Writing


Adult: Fiction, Poetry, Creative Non-Fiction
High School: Fiction, Poetry, Creative Non-Fiction


Entries must be received by March 1, 2019.


All entries must be submitted electronically and submitted to

All entries should be typed (double-spaced for prose entries only). Full name, address, PHONE NUMBER and the TITLE of the work should appear on a COVER PAGE. Subsequent pages with the work being submitted should include THE TITLE. Do not include your name or any biographical information on the pages that you are submitting for the contest. If you are submitting more than one piece (for instance more than one poem), you must submit each piece separately.


  • Prose must not exceed 5,000 words.
  • Poetry must not exceed 100 lines per poem.

Creative Writing Contest 2017 Awardees

Fiction, Adult

Cori Lohstroh, “Madeline” 
Tyler Benedict, “Trial by Fire”
Lauren Fulcher, “Gentlemen With Flowers”

Creative Non-Fiction, Adult

Jude Walsh, “Bloodletting”
Jessie Thatcher, “A Very Unwanted Adventure”

Poetry, Adult

T.J McGuire, “Touché”
John Ethan Tapper, “Street Vendors, Oaxaca"
Caroline Mundhenk, “Tenebrism”

Fiction, High School

Madeline Hofstetter, “Living in Self-Inflicted Blindness”
Lucas Flanagan, “The Revenge of the Trumpet Quartet"
Caroline Chaulk, “The Escape”

Poetry, High School

Elizabeth Blackshire, “This is My Street” 
Tori Suhr, “Flash"
Hillary Vaughn, “English Homework”

Creative Non-Fiction, High School

Allison Beal, "My First Rodeo"