Writing Scholarship Contest for Community College Students

2017 Writing Scholarship for Community College Students

Calling all writers! Marylhurst University invites all community college students to participate in the annual 2017 Writing Scholarship Contest. Whether your craft includes poetry, short fiction, nonfiction or digital writing, submit your work for a chance to win a FREE English class at Marylhurst.

Interested? Here’s what you need to know:


No more than 3 poems.

Short Fiction
Double-spaced, 2,000 words max limit.

May include a memoir, literacy criticism, essay, travelogue or journal entry. Double-spaced, 2,000 words max limit.

Digital Writing
May include a blog post, email, text message, Twitter Essay, Facebook update, conversation on Tumbler, comment to blog posts, response to news articles, book review on Goodreads, code poem, wiki novel, netprov or digital story. Limit submission to 2,000 words max.


First Place Winner

The First Place Winner in each category will receive:

  • $75 Powells.com Gift Card
  • Full tuition waiver for one three-credit course in the English Department at Marylhurst University in Winter or Spring Terms 2018
  • Inclusion in public reading at Marylhurst in Fall 2017

Second & Third Place Winners

The Second & Third Place Winners in each category will receive:

  • $25 Powells.com Gift Card

Submission Guidelines

  • Multiple submissions to multiple categories are NOT accepted—only one submission per person; Email submissions to: elw@marylhurst.edu
  • Subject line should read “Community College Writing Contest” + category of your submission
  • In the body of the email, include your full name, a physical mailing address, the name of your piece, and the category in which you’re entering
  • For poetry, fiction, & nonfiction categories, attach a word document file (ONLY Microsoft Word files accepted) of your submission
  • For digital writing category, please include a website link or a screen shot in the body of the e-mail
  • Incomplete submissions cannot be considered

Contest Deadline: June 15, 2017

Winners will be contacted by email.



Let’s chat! Email Marylhurst’s Associate Professor of English, Jay Ponteri at jponteri@marylhurst.edu

Winners of the 2017 Writing Contest

Congratulations to the 2017 Marylhurst Writing Scholarship Contest winners!  We had so many great entries this year and applaud the work represented by each entry.


  • Fiction Winner: “One Man” by Tyler Sullivan, Portland Community College
  • Fiction Second Prize: “The Color of the Sky” by Chloe Duffy, Portland Community College
  • Fiction Third Prize: “Vines” by Jack Eikrem , Clackamas Community College


  • Poetry Winner: “How my brother said I love you” by Kynna Lovin, Portland Community College
  • Poetry Second Prize: “Metallico” by Joshua Ross, Portland Community College
  • Poetry Third Prize: “The successful have a gambling addiction” by Rebecca Blanchard, Lane Community College


  • Nonfiction Winner: “El Problema” by Norma Karelly Ramirez Gonzalez, Portland Community College
  • Nonfiction Second Prize:”Attack from the Past” by Chaz Murray, Community College
  • Nonfiction Third Prize: “Space: The Necessary Frontier” by Jeff Aldrich,  Community College

Bachelor’s Degree Completion Programs

Marylhurst is a private, nonprofit applied liberal arts and business university that offers diverse bachelor’s degree completion programs. Many of our students start at a community college and transfer their credits to Marylhurst to complete their degree. Our scholarships offer an exceptional opportunity for hStudent at Marylhurst Universityigh achievers to complete a bachelor’s degree from a premier institution but with financial assistance to make a private education accessible.

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Marylhurst offers a B.A./B.A.S. program in Liberal Studies that helps students focus their bachelor’s degree based on their individual career goals. The Liberal Studies program gives students the flexibility to combine coursework from various disciplines. In addition, students can focus their Liberal Studies program in the following ways:

  • Communication and Media
  • Cultural and Social Studies
  • Environmental Studies
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