Fall 2023 Creative Writing & Art Contest WINNERS

CONGRATULATIONS to the Fall 2023 Creative Writing & Art Contest WINNERS:


  1. “Garbage Painting #2” by Camber Tanis
  2. “Thermal Rising from Waters” by Haylee Spicklemire
  3. “Silence Can Come With Death” by Dan Kong


  1. “City Shortcuts” by Ashley Streng
  2. “Ingredients for a Painting” by Kenzie Cregg
  3. “North Manitou Bliss” by Brooklyn Jebb


  1. “I Want to Be a Storyteller” by Liam Knisley
  2. “The Fighter and The Writer, EPISODE 46: Happy Loman’s Bad Day” by Abigail Smith
  3. “Wake Up” by Collin Byrd

Creative Nonfiction: 

  1. “Outside Hospital Room #243” by Hailey Witner
  2. “The Flashing” by Candace Cloud
  3. “Grandpa’s Little Girl” by Malaina Peterson


  1. “Bigger Dreams” by August Hawley
  2. “Clawed Monet” by Emma Marshall
  3. “The Flower” by Maria Basaj


The English and Communications Department and the English Honor Society (Sigma Zeta) are sponsoring the Fall Semester Creative Writing and Art Contest.

There are five categories:

  • Creative Nonfiction
  • Fiction
  • Poetry
  • Artwork
  • Photography

MCC students must follow the eligibility, manuscript and submission guidelines outlined below or their entries will be disqualified from the contest.

Contest Theme

  • Open


  • The contest is open to Muskegon Community College students registered in at least one 1-credit class during the Fall 2023 semester.

Quantity Limit

  • A total of four entries per student are permitted.

Contest Specifications

  • Fiction and creative nonfiction must be fewer than 2,000 words in length.
  • Poems must be 50 lines or less.
  • No previously published work may be submitted.
  • Work must be original. Any borrowed ideas or language must be appropriately acknowledged.
  • All artwork and photography entries must be submitted using .jpg format.


  • Neither the author’s name nor the name of the author’s college should appear anywhere on any entry.
  • Entries will be identified by the author’s student number, which should appear in the upper right-hand corner of each page.
  • All multi-page entries must be titled and paginated.
  • All written work must include a title.
  • All entries must have one-inch margins and page numbers.
  • Creative nonfiction must be double-spaced.
  • Fiction must be double-spaced unless alternate formatting is an integral part of the story’s aesthetic effect.
  • Poems may be spaced and arranged according to the poet’s intent.
  • All entries must be submitted in .doc or .docx format.

Contest Deadline

  • All contest entries must be submitted by noon (12:00 pm) on Thursday, November 16, 2023.

Prizes and Recognition

  • A first place prize of $100, a second place prize of $50, and a third place prize of $25 will be awarded for each category.
  • Certificates of Achievement will be presented to prizewinners.
  • Top winners will be published in the 2024 edition of River Voices, unless otherwise indicated.

For more information on submitting your work, please contact Sean Colcleasure at (231) 777-0245, Shauna Hayes at (231) 777-0695, or Kelli Loughrige, Contest Coordinator/Department Support at (231) 777-0371 or email mcccreativewritingcontest@muskegoncc.edu

Please complete the submission form below and attach your entry before clicking on the submit button. Be sure to check that your submission was fully completed and that you did not receive an error message.