Posted on: October 8, 2020 Posted by: Glacier Staff Comments: 0

By Isacc Velasquez, Staff Writer

Have a passion for creative writing? Interested in becoming a more serious writer? Moraine Valley is holding a contest celebrating writing in four categories: short fiction story, poetry, one-act play, and personal essay. Entries must be turned in by Oct. 15.

Moraine Valley communications faculty will judge the first round of entries, and then from there, the best entries will move on to compete with seven other schools in the Skyway conference. The top entry in each Moraine category will be chosen to compete nationally.

Two Moraine students won awards last year in the national contest, hosted by the League for Innovation in the Community College. Nicole Dela Rosa won second place in the personal essay category for her essay, “Lost Sailor,” and John Guinta took second in poetry for “Mojave Girl.”

“Students from colleges all over North America participated in the contest, so this is quite an honor,” said Lisa Couch, the communications instructor who serves as the coordinator of Moraine’s writing contest. 

The deadline to enter Moraine’s writing contest is 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 15. The entry form is available here.

Couch encourages any student to enter Moraine’s contest. She says it is not only a great way to build confidence in your writing, but presents a great line on a resume.

“I hope students really take the chance to enter, even if they don’t necessarily believe that their writing is good enough,” Couch said.

At the Skyway Writers Competition and Festival, a special event dedicated to writing and writers, four published authors will judge the entries from the eight Skyway colleges. Those same authors will hold workshops during the festival for students to learn new writing techniques.

All Moraine students are invited to attend the virtual event, which will include a ceremony for the winners of the contest. The event will be hosted virtually by Oakton Community College on Thursday, Nov. 19 from 3-7:30 p.m. For more information or to register for this free event, visit the Skyway website.

If you are a person who appreciates drama, then you can enter a one-act play of no more than 3,000 words.  If you are interested in poetry, Moraine is looking for poems of 67 lines or less. The personal essay is a great way to express yourself through creative nonfiction. These entries should be no more than 2,000 words. If fiction is your calling, you can also enter a short fictional story no more than 3,000 words.

Nicole Dela Rosa is one of the two Moraine students whose writing placed at the national level. Read more about her here.

When asked why aspiring writers would want to be a part of the 2020 literary contest, Couch smiled and reminisced about a young student she knew who did not believe he was a good writer. He was surprised to win a writing contest against other “real” writers.

She told him, “Guess what!? You are a real writer!”

To enter, head over to MVConnect and fill out a registration form. Sign into MVConnect, scroll down to Resources, then Academic Services, Departments, and finally COM-LIT-LANG. Here you can enter personal information, as well as your title and category. After registering there is also a link to an important checklist.