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Writing Contest

Celebrating Young Writers at Shawnee Community College

Shawnee College is proud to announce its seventh annual high school writing contest, called "Celebrating Young Writers." On behalf of our English Department, we would like to invite your students to submit original written work in any of three categories: Short Fiction, Poetry, and Non-fiction Essays. The entries will be judged in two divisions: Division 1 will be for 9th and 10th graders, and Division 2 will be for 11th and 12th graders.

Included in this packet are the contest guidelines, entry forms, and a contest poster. The guidelines form includes criteria for each contest genre, as well as general submission policies. An entry form is required for each submission. The poster is meant to provide a constant reminder of the contest deadline for your students. Please post in a public location.

All submissions must be received by Shawnee College no later than February 14, 2015. Submissions can be mailed to Ryan Thornsberry at Shawnee College, or delivered in person to the Information Desk.

In addition, please remind your students of the following:

  • Make THREE copies of each entry.
  • Attach ONE copy of the Entry Form to the three copies.
  • Print their names and entry titles clearly on the Entry Form, but not on their work.
  • Conform to submission requirements.
  • Submit in multiple categories to increase chances of winning.

Please submit your entries before the deadline. Student writers, their families, and teachers will be celebrated at an awards ceremony and reception on April 23, 2015 at 6 pm in the Shawnee College Atrium. We hope you can join us.

If you have any questions, please email them to or call (618) 634-3329.

Thank you for your interest in our writing contest.

Click Here for the Criteria and Entry Forms Packet.

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