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

quillMidland College began its Creative Writing Contest 38 years ago. 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.



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The contest accepts entries in three categories: poetry, short fiction, and essay. Contestants may submit a maximum of 3 fiction pieces, 3 essays, and/or 3 poems (three of each category).



Any full-time or part-time student registered in English classes at Midland College at any time since September 1, 2011 is eligible to compete. Any past first-place winner is eligible only in a category in which that student has not previously won.



The deadline is Friday, December 14, 2012 at 11:59 p.m.



All the judges are published writers from the community, state and/or region, and/or teachers of writing from colleges or universities other than Midland College.



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 if entries in a category are lacking in sufficient quality.


Awards Celebration

The Rebecca T. Watson Creative Writing Contest Awards Celebration will be held Tuesday, February 5, 2013, at noon in the McCormick Gallery at the Allison Fine Arts Building. Winners will not be notified in advance. Contestants 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, an annual student publication produced cooperatively through the Departments of Communication and English. They may also appear on the college website. The writings published will be selected by the contest committee and approved by the president of Midland College. Contact Karen Lanier, AFA 185, to look at previous copies of Tableau.


Submitting Your Entry

You will submit your entry online. To do this, go to the Midland College English Department webpage at midland.edu/English. Click on the Creative Writing Contest link. You will be able to fill out a submission form and upload your file containing your entry.



Laura Latham-McKenzie, Contest Director:
(432) 336-7882 extension 111


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