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Writing Competitions at AACC 2016-2017


For more information about any of the writing competitions, contact Professor Susan Cohen at


$25 prize; publication in Amaranth

Amaranth is running its annual creative writing competition in the following areas: poetry, short fiction, personal essay, one-act play, art work. The winner in each category will receive $25 and publication in Amaranth.

Submission deadline: February 15, 2017

To submit your work, send it to:, or


Marjorie Flack Creative Writing Award--$250 prize

This award is for the best short story or children’s book written by an AACC student. (In the case of a children’s book entry, coauthored submissions are acceptable.)

Candidates for this award: Must be currently enrolled credit students at Anne Arundel Community College.  Maximum 15 pages (double-spaced). Submit four copies of each entry Pages of each entry should be numbered and list the title of the work but have no other identifying information. Each entry must be accompanied by a title page that contains the student's name and title of the work submitted (these identifiers will be removed before the entries are submitted to the judges).

Submission deadline: March 1, 2017. The winner’s work will be published in Amaranth.

To submit your work for this award: Dr. Susan Cohen c/o English & Communications/Anne Arundel Community College/ 101 College Parkway/Arnold, MD 21012 or


AACC Burt Dall Formal Poetry Award -$222

This award will be given annually to any current or former Anne Arundel Community College student who submits a metrical poem found to be worthy of artistic merit by a review panel composed of Anne Arundel Community College faculty members.

Entries to the Competition shall: be the author’s own original work; be in verse, not necessarily rhyming, but with a distinct metrical pattern; be submitted in both in electronic form (by e-mail) and on paper (by US mail)  be one poem to a page, in a 12-point font, (this page should have only the poem and the title of the poem, but no other identifying information; include a title page that contains the student’s name, title of the work, and the following contact information: Name, Address, Phone  Number, E-Mail Address, Student Number.

An entrant may submit no more than three poems to the competition.

Submission deadline: March 1, 2017 
Applicants will be notified by: April 30, 2017
The winner’s work will be published in Amaranth.

Mail or deliver submissions to: Dr. Susan Cohen  in HUM 113 or

The League for Innovation
$500 first place, $200 second place, $100 third place

The League for Innovation at the Community College is seeking entries in the following categories: Poetry, Personal Essay, One Act Play, Short Story. To enter this competition you must be an AACC student enrolled for at least 3 credits for at least one semester of the 2016-2017 academic year. Enrollment must be verified by the local competition coordinator, Professor Susan Cohen.

If your work wins the local AACC level competition, it will be forwarded to this national competition.  If you win at the national level the prizes are $500 for 1stplace, $200 for 2nd place and $100 for 3rd place. For more specific information about this competition contact Professor Cohen at

Maximum Length Requirements:

Poem must not exceed 67 lines; 
Personal essay must not exceed 2,000 words;
One-Act play must not exceed 3,000 words, including stage directions/production notes; and Fiction must not exceed 3,000 words.

Submission deadline: March 1, 2017 
Submit your entry directly to:

Entries must be original works written during the student's enrollment while taking a credit course at the college.