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Creative Writing Competition Winning Entries 2010-2011

February 29, 2012

Congratulations to the following Phoenix College students for their winning entries in the 2010-2011 Creative Writing Competition!


2nd Place
Number Eighteen, Robin Ferguson, PC

Second Place, Essay: Number Eighteen
Robin is a native, 3rd generation Arizonian. She has attended Phoenix College writing classes since 2001, and plans to continue until "they won't take me anymore." Robin loves the art form of writing. She has written several short stories. When not actually penning the words to paper, Robin is thinking about the art, and forming new ideas for short stories to add to those already in her collection. Currently, Robin is working on her second novel, a murder mystery set in England.


2nd Place
Charlie and Evie, Wyatt Franz, PC

Second Place, Fiction: Charlie and Evie
Wyatt was born in Washington D.C., and was raised in the Phoenix area. He attended the University of Arizona, where he received a B.A. in Spanish. Earning another degree in Elementary Education, Wyatt has taught at the Creighton School District for eleven years. Living in Phoenix with his wife, Tonia, Wyatt enjoys outdoor exercise, making people laugh, and continuing to write "the neverending novel."

One Act Play/Script

3rd Place
Brown Eyes, Ray Carns, PC

Third Place, One-Act Play/Scripts: Brown Eyes
Ray Carns divides his time between writing and photography. His fiction and poetry appeared earlier this year in the Journal of Microliterature, this, and Bourbon Penn. Also, in 2011, his photography was displayed at the Phoenix Airport Museum and published in the book, Best of Photography 2010. Ray is enrolled in the Creative Writing Certificate Program at Phoenix College.

About the Competition

General Eligibility

  1. A contestant must be a currently enrolled "for credit" student at one of the Maricopa Community Colleges (All faculty excluded). Entries must be works written during the students' enrollment in credit courses at an MCCCD college.
  2. Students who have won First Place in a category are not eligible to participate again in that category. Entries must be submitted online no later than 11:59 p.m., Friday, November 18, 2011.
  3. Only one entry per category may be submitted by an individual.
  4. Entries cannot be works from a previous publication or award winners from previous MCCCD Creative Writing contests. The only exception is a publication directly related to Maricopa County Community College District (i.e., campus newspaper, classroom newsletter).
  5. Maximum length:
    • Poetry - 67 lines
    • Fiction - 3000 words
    • Essay - 2000 words
    • One-Act Play/Script - 3000 words including stage direction and production notes.
  6. The upper right corner of each page of the entry must include Title of Entry and Page Number.
  7. Your name should not appear anywhere on your entry.
  8. Entries must be submitted online and verified by your college coordinator:
    • Word-processed, using MS Word, 12 point type, double-spaced and page setup on 8 1/2 x 11” paper. Poetry entries may be single-spaced.


Scholarship Awards will be distributed in the following manner for each category: Poetry, Fiction, Essay, and One-Act Play/Script

  • First Place (1) - $300
  • Second Place (1) - $200
  • Third Place (1) - $150
  • Judges may award up to three Honorable Mention scholarships of $100 at their discretion.

*First Place winners, with the exception of Script, will be entered in the national League for Innovation in the Community College’s Student Literary Competition and be required to complete League application materials. The One-Act Play category in the League Competition does not include scripts. The highest evaluated One-Act Play in 1st, 2nd, or 3rd place will be submitted to the League for Innovation for judging.