League for Innovation Student Literary Contest

Wellspring 2020-2021 League for Innovation in the Community College Literary Competition

Annual League for Innovation in the Community College Student Literary Contest Accepting Submissions Through Thursday, March 18, 2021


Each year, the League for Innovation in the Community College invites students from member colleges to participate in the annual Student Literary Competition. This contest enables students to compete with their peers across the United States and Canada and showcases the best works being created by the diverse voices in today's community colleges.

To qualify, an entry must be from a student who took at least one class in 2020-2021. The entry must be original but does not have to be from a class assignment. Multiple entries may be submitted, but they must be submitted individually accompanied by an entry form.

The local competition takes place within the Seattle Colleges District, which includes North Seattle College, Seattle Central College, and South Seattle College. First place winners and honorable mentions receive a cash prize and merit certificate suitable for framing. First place winners then go on to compete at the national level, this year hosted by Sinclair College in Dayton, Ohio. National prizes include a merit certificate, publication in a high-gloss literary anthology, and $500 for first place, $250 for second, and $100 for third.

The categories are Fiction, One-Act Play, Poetry, and Personal Essay. Entries should be submitted as a Word document along with a completed entry form. The maximum number of words or lines for entries are:

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

All entries are final. Copyrights revert back to author.


Contest Entry Information


To enter the contest, you must submit each entry individually with a completed entry form by the Thursday, March 18, 2021, deadline to the judge at your college. 

Submission Deadline is
Thursday, March 18, 2021. 


Good luck. Seattle has received at least one first place nationally for nine of the last ten years. Let’s keep the literary train rolling.

Seattle Colleges is a member of the League for Innovation in the Community College, in recognition of its record of innovation and leadership. Membership provides an opportunity for students to compete with their peers locally and across the continent in annual Literary and Arts competitions.


Recent Past Winners

2019-2020 Winners

Fiction 
First Place – “Chlorine” by Thet (Alex) Hnin Su, Seattle Central College
Honorable Mention – “Arcanum” by Colin J. Lamb, South Seattle College 

Personal Essay
First Place – “The Wall” by Kathleen Welch, North Seattle College
Honorable Mention – “On Building Ships” by John Jacobson, Seattle Central College
Honorable Mention – “Homeless in Seattle” by Susan Ordonio, South Seattle College

Poetry
First Place – “'41 Cadillac” by Tanner Boutwell, Seattle Central College
Honorable Mention – “The Limp” by Morgan Wigmore, Seattle Central College
Honorable Mention – “Love Poem For An Aquarius” by Lori Bellamy, North Seattle College
Honorable Mention – “Love Stories from Franklin St” by Caleb Luce, South Seattle College