COCC Annual Writing Contest

Writing Contest

Announcing COCC’s Second Annual Student Writing Contest! The Humanities Department wants to celebrate and promote excellent student writing at COCC. Winners will have their work published on the Humanities Department website, receive a gift card prize to a local bookstore, and be invited to participate in a public reading during Spring Term 2023 (location and details to be determined).

Submission guidelines: We are looking for original, unpublished writing from current COCC students. This year, we are inviting submissions in three separate categories, and there will be a winner and a runner-up determined in each one: poetry, fiction, or nonfiction (personal or academic essay). For poetry, we will accept up to 3 poems. For fiction or nonfiction, we will accept one piece of up to 2000 words. Excerpts of a longer work (such as a novel or memoir) are permitted, but should be self-contained.

Submission deadline: Friday, May 12th by 11:59 PM to In your email, please include your name, major or area of study at COCC, which category you are submitting your work to (poetry, fiction, or nonfiction/academic), and any necessary context about your work (300 words maximum, please). Attach your submission to the email as a Word document or PDF file.

Questions? Email Eileen Sather at

2021-2022 Student Winners

First Prize: Jonathan Dewitt, "Five Poems"

Second Prize: Anna-Lena Berg, "It's Not Easy to Be a Broccoli"

Third Prize: Raquel Norland, "Uplake"