ACC Writers Studio Hosts Annual Literary Contest

LITTLETON, Colo. – The Writers Studio at Arapahoe Community College (ACC) will sponsor its seventh Writers Studio Literary Contest for unpublished work in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. A $250 prize will be awarded to first-place winners in each category. The contest is open to all Colorado residents and the deadline to submit work is Feb. 1, 2011.

During the contest, all entries will be read by preliminary judges, and then the finalists for each category will be sent to outside judges. In addition to the $250 prize in each category, the first place winning entries will be published in the national literary journal, Many Mountains Moving. Winners also are invited to be distinguished guests at the Writers Studio Spring Literary Festival on April 30, where they will read their winning pieces. Second place winners will also be guests at the Spring Literary Festival.

This year, the literary contest will offer a special “Colorado Community College Student Track” which is only open to registered Colorado Community College students.  The winner of this multi-genre track will also receive a cash prize and publication in Many Mountains Moving.

Final judges for this year’s contest are Page Lambert (creative nonfiction), Carol Guerrero-Murphy (poetry) and Robert Greer (fiction).  The judges will also serve as writing faculty for the 2011 Spring Literary Festival.

“I’m especially pleased about our two additions to this year’s contest,” said Dr. Kathryn Winograd, coordinator of the ACC Writers Studio.  “Our affiliation with Many Mountains Moving will allow the winning work of our contest to be published in a national literary publication, which is especially important given the caliber of published writers who enter our contest.  Our Colorado Community College student track allows us to reach out to talented students across Colorado and give them the opportunity to compete against each other in the student track contest.  And the winning student will have the honor of being published in a distinguished national publication.”

For more information about the contest and submission guidelines or about  the Writers Studio, visit the Writers Studio Web site at http://www.arapahoe.edu/departments-and-programs/a-z-programs/writers-studio/literary-contest/general-submission-guidelines or e-mail the Writers Studio at writerstudio@arapahoe.edu.

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