Writing Scholarship Contest for Community College Students

2018 Writing Scholarship for Community College Students

Calling all writers! Marylhurst University invites all community college students to participate in the annual 2018 Writing Scholarship Contest. Whether your craft includes poetry, short fiction or nonfiction, 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.


First Place Winner

The First Place Winner in each category will receive:

  • $75 Powells.com Gift Card
  • Full tuition waiver for one four-credit course in Marylhurst’s English program in Fall 2018 or Winter/Spring Terms 2019

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 the name of your community college, your full name, a physical mailing address, the name of your piece, and the category in which you’re entering
  • Attach a Word doc file (ONLY Microsoft Word files accepted) of your submission
  • Incomplete submissions cannot be considered

Contest Deadline: May 10, 2018

Winners will be contacted by email in late June.


Let’s chat! Email Marylhurst’s program coordinator for the English program, Zoe Speidel, at zspeidel@marylhurst.edu or Marylhurst’s associate professor of English, Perrin Kerns at pkerns@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

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