Writing Contests

If you are a Seminole State College student in good standing, you have the opportunity to win money and scholarships for your class writings and creative adventures.

Every spring, the English Department sponsors or co-sponsors writing competitions. Winners are awarded each year in April. You can find information about these contests below, or call the English Department at 407.708.2060 if you would like additional information.

Veritas Flash Fiction Contest 

Veritas is an annual flash fiction writing competition. Applicants must be enrolled in at least one class at Seminole State, and entries must not exceed 500 words. Each person can submit up to two entries. All place winners will be published in Veritas and will receive cash awards and one 3-credit hour scholarship each. For more information, call Webb Harris at 407.708.2691.

Stephen Caldwell Wright Student Poetry Contest

Underwritten by poet Gwendolyn Brooks, this annual poetry competition is in honor of Dr. Stephen Caldwell Wright, a longtime Seminole State English instructor. The competition is open to Seminole State students who are enrolled in at least one class at the College. Each person can submit up to two poems, with no entry being longer than 30 lines. All winners will be published in the Chronicle and receive cash awards and one 3-credit hour scholarship each. For more information, call Webb Harris at 407.708.2691.

Essay Competition 

The English Department’s annual essay competition is open to all current Seminole State students. Students can pick up entry slips at the English Department (building E on the Sanford/Lake Mary Campus) or Academic Success Centers at each of the four campuses. Essays will be typed at campus testing centers. Judges will consider response to the prompt, creativity and originality, use of language, development of ideas, and overall effect. For more information, call Adrienne Vivian at 407.708.2715.

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