English Department • Upcoming Events • Rebecca T. Watson Creative Writing Contest

Awards Ceremony: Thursday, November 17, 2016, 12:00 noon, McCormick Gallery, Allison Fine Arts Building MC main campus.

quillMidland College began its Creative Writing Contest in 1975. The contest was given a new name in honor of Professor Rebecca T. Watson, who retired from Midland College’s English Department last spring. Ms. Watson judged the first contest when she was an adjunct instructor, and then she guided the contest to maturity over many years of teaching creative writing classes and directing the contest. The English Department is grateful for her years of dedicated service. 

 • Online contest entry form (secure online form)


Contestants may submit a maximum of 3 fiction pieces, 3 essays, and/or 3 poems (three of each category). Students must upload each piece as a separate .doc or .docx file, number pages, and remove their names and contact information from all documents.


Any full-time or part-time student registered in English classes at Midland College at any time since September 1, 2015 is eligible to compete. Past first-place winners are eligible only in a new category.


Deadline: Friday, October 28, 2016, 11:59 p.m.

 • Online contest entry form (secure online form)


First place: $150 and Certificate of Award
Second Place: $100 and Certificate of Award
Third Place: $75 and Certificate of Award
Honorable Mention: Certificate of Award
NOTE: Midland College reserves the right to withhold awards in any category.
Note: Midland College reserves the right to withhold awards if entries in a category are lacking in sufficient quality.

Awards Celebration

The Awards Celebration will be held Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016, at noon in the McCORMICK GALLERY Winners will not be notified in advance. Finalists are asked to attend the awards ceremony, TO PRESENT THEIR WORKS AND RECEIVE THEIR AWARDS AND PRIZES, except in extenuating circumstances.


Selected writings from the contest will be published in Tableau. They may also appear on the college website. Visit the Student Publications Office, AFA 185, to look at previous copies of Tableau.

Submitting Your Entry

 • Online contest entry form (secure online form)


Brendan Egan
Department of English, Midland College
(432) 685-4638 |began@midland.edu

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