All the words I use in my stories can be found in the dictionary – it’s just a matter of arranging them into the right sentences. – W. Somerset Maugham
For the late W. Somerset Maugham, a British novelist, playwright and short story author, it apparently was that straightforward, and his critical and commercial success indicate he made the correct arrangements.
For others – Ernest Hemingway said writing meant sitting before a keyboard and bleeding – the process can be a tad more daunting at times.
We know that the creative act of writing is beneficial for anyone, and especially students as they expand their minds and engage in the learning process. South College offers an annual writing contest to encourage students to open their minds, regardless of area of study, and put thoughts to paper – or, as is typically the case now, to a computer screen.
The deadline for our eighth contest is Dec. 13, and the writing submission should be a creative or literary work that is either fiction or nonfiction. In this case, we are not seeking traditional college work such as research papers, articles or reviews. We want to read your voice.
Prizes will be awarded for first-, second- and third-place entries and two honorable mentions in both categories in the form of South College Bookstore credits – $100 for first place; $75 for second; $50 for third; and $25 for honorable mention. Your work also will be considered for inclusion in the student literary magazine, Expressions.
Here are the rules: Your submission should be a creative and original work marked as either fiction or nonfiction; if research and references are used, they must be credited and cited appropriately; the length must be between 250 and 750 words and submitted electronically in a Word document to Ms. Anne Ippolito at firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, all entries become the property of South College and may be used in presentations and articles about the college’s Writing Across the Curriculum program with credit given to the author when used.
Again, the deadline is Dec. 13. Let the creative process flow and good luck.