Annual Creative Writing Contest --- OPEN

Closing date February 28 2016

Categories are:  Adult Fiction, Adult Non-fiction, Adult Poetry, and High School Fiction, Non-fiction, and Poetry. Only non-published manuscripts will be accepted.
Open to those all 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 enter other categories. The contest is not open to Sinclair part- and full-time faculty and staff.

Prose (fiction and creative non-fiction) must be between 500-5000 words per selection. Poetry must not exceed 100 lines per poem. All entries must be a digital text file on 8.5"x11" document, 1" margins. Double space for prose, single space for poetry. Include full name, address, phone number,  email address and title of the manuscript in the upper left corner of the first page of each entry. Place last name and title at the top of each subsequent page.

The winning entry in each category will receive $60. Second place in each category will receive $30. Third place in each category will receive $20. The above winners along with those receiving honorable mention will receive certificates suitable for framing. Contest winners will be presented awards during a March ceremony at Sinclair Community College. Winners need not be present; awards will be mailed. A final award to the winner of all categories will be made on behalf of the Antioch Writers' Workshop and includes a full tuition waiver to their week long workshop in July. Other first place winners will receive a scholarship to the Saturday AWW.

The easiest and most efficient way to enter is through Submittable at:

Post each entry electronically with appropriate fees.  Fees are slightly higher than posting via regular mail but this reduces paper costs and postage! For all poetry entries, you may submit up to 5 poems, just be sure they are in one text file (doc or docx please).

Fee for adult entries is $7.00 per entry; fee for high school entries is $5.00 per entry.

If you wish to submit via the postal service, please mail your entry along with the entry form (see link below) and fees ($5.00 per adult entry and $4.00 per high school entry):

Professor Rebecca Morean, Director
Creative Writing Contest
Sinclair Community College
444 West Third Street
Room 5-133
Dayton, Ohio 45402-1460
Click here to print and fill out the Creative Writing Contest entry blank.
All entries must be in office by February 28, 2016. For more information about the Creative Writing Contest e-mail Professor Rebecca Morean at

2015 Winners

Adult Fiction:
1st Carly Gates   “The Drowned Meadow”
2nd   Jane O'Zemko “Unit H17” (AWW partial scholarship winner)
3rd   Leah Baxley  “Kissing Girls in the Church Basement”
Honorable Mention,  Annette Januzzi Wick  “Blue Skies Smilin'”

Adult Poetry:
1st   James J. Siegel "How Ghosts Travel" (AWW Full Scholarship winner)
2nd  Mindy Cooper "Ginko 32"
3rd   Marian Shapiro "You're Going the Wrong Way"
Honorable Mention,  Amelia Danielle Bailey "Do You Miss Me?"
Honorable Mention,  Susan Fuchtman "What if Wars"

Adult Creative Non-fiction:
1st   Nichole L. Reber"Back to the Cult"  (AWW partial scholarship winner)
2nd  Melissa Lewis-Ackerman"White Light"
3rd  Dorsetta Hale "Railroad Crossings"


Congratulations to all!  Please join us for next year's contest!

Sinclair Community College's Peace Prize Essay Contest:

This contest is conducted in conjunction with the Dayton Literary Peace Prize and is open to any English 1101 or 1201 student writing about peace. Submissions for this contest follow National Public Radio’s This I Believe guidelines, and a link to their instructions is found at This I Believe. The first and second prize winners of this contest receive tickets to the Awards Dinner celebration at the Schuster Center in the fall of each year. Please visit Dayton Literary Peace Prize for more information. Submissions are accepted throughout the year and can be placed in Caroline Reynolds’s mailbox or sent electronically to E-mail Caroline with any questions you have. The deadline for the Peace Prize Essay Contest is Friday, October 24, 2014.

Student Literary Competition
League for Innovation in the Community College

The League for Innovation invites each college or district in the League to participate in the Student Literary Competition. Each school will enter its first , second, and third place winner in each category in the national competition. Prize money for winners of the national contest will be distributed in each category as follows: First prize $500, second prize $200, and third prize $100.

Categories are: Poetry, Personal Essay, One Act Play, and Short Story. Entries must be original works written during the student's enrollment in credit courses at the college. Each entry must have the signature of a sponsoring faculty member. A contestant must be a currently enrolled "for credit" student in a League for Innovation institution, such as Sinclair Community College. The contest is not open to Sinclair part- and full-time faculty and staff. 

A poem must not exceed 60 lines. A personal essay must not exceed 2000 words. A one-act play must not exceed 3000 words, including stage directions and production notes. A short story must not exceed 3000 words.

Entries must be submitted in two forms: a hard copy and a digital copy on a disk. Both must be typed in a text file, double-spaced, on 8.5"x11" paper. A cover page for each entry must include full name, address, phone number, email address, college or university, and title of the work. Each subsequent page must include full name and title of entry in the upper right corner.  

League for Innovation Student Literary Competition entry forms are available in Professor Tim Waggoner's office, Room 6-323. Submissions are due in the office by March 1. Winners will be announced May 1 and will be published in a League for Innovation student literary publication.

Drop off entries or snail mail to:
Professor Tim Waggoner
Student Literary Competition
Sinclair Community College
444 West Third Street
Room 6-323
Dayton, Ohio 45402-1460

For more information about the Student Literary Competition send e-mail to Tim Waggoner at