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League for Innovation Writing Contest

Each year, the League for Innovation invites its board member colleges to participate in the annual Student Literary Award competition. The Student Literary Award enables community college students to compete with their peers across North America. Notably, the award competition provides a means to showcase a selection of the best works being created by today's community college students. The initial competition takes place at each board member college or district, with the winners of each local contest moving on to compete at the international level.

The submissions are judged in one of four categories: fictional short story, one-act play, poetry, and personal essay. First place, second place, third place, and honorable mention are awarded in each category. International winners for first, second, and third place receive cash prizes. All international-level entries receive a certificate of merit and are published in the League's Student Literary Competition publication, produced by the current host college.

Local contest deadlines will be decided upon by individual member colleges. 

For more information, email Tim Waggoner at



  • Students must be currently enrolled in for-credit courses at a participating college.
  • Entries must be original works written during enrollment at a participating college.
  • Each participating college may submit one literary piece by one student in each category to the international competition. Each piece must be written by a different student.

Maximum Length

  • Fictional Short Story: 3,500 words
  • One-Act Play: 3,500 words, including stage direction/production notes
  • Poetry: 67 lines
  • Personal Essay: 2,500 words

International-Level Prizes

  • First Place: $500
  • Second Place: $200
  • Third Place: $100