Big money on the line for MCC’s creative writing competition

Jessica Unterreiner

The creative writing department at MCC announced it will be having a creative writing competition open to students currently enrolled for credit.

There are three categories students may enter; poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. Students may submit one entry per category.

Josh Rathkamp, coordinator of creative writing at MCC, encourages students to enter.

“We all have things we want to say, we all need outlets in our life to say the things that are meaningful to us. I think this is a great opportunity for students to get a voice out” he said.

Works must be written during students’ enrollment at MCC, for credit.

Works must be unpublished and must not have won any previous awards.

Students who have won first place in the competition are not eligible to submit to that specific category.

For each category, first place receives $600, second place receives $400, and third place receives $300.

MCC’s creative writing competition has one of the largest monetary awards in comparison with other community colleges around the nation, according to Rathkamp.  

Entries are due by noon on March 30.

Winners will have the chance to read their work at the awards celebration at noon on May 2.

For more information regarding specific guidelines and rules visit

Further questions should be directed to MCC creative writing coordinator, Josh Rathkamp at

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