Creative Writing Contest


MCC's Creative Writing Contest opens for entries during the fall semester each year. Students may submit up to two entries in each category: short fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction. Prizes are $50 for first place and $25 for second place in each category. First- and second-place entries will be entered in the statewide Liberal Arts Network for Development (LAND) Creative Writing Contest for community college students, where prizes range from $50 to $150. 

View 2022 contest results below:



1st place – Hannah Underhill: "Our Last Lover's Robes"

2nd Place – Amber Ridgeway: “Here's the Call”

*Content Warning: The following poem contains graphic references to suicide and severe mental illness.

Creative Non-Fiction

st place – Amber Ridgeway: “Alive: A Story Still Going”

*Content Warning: The following memoir contains graphic references to suicide and severe mental illness.

2nd Place – Hailey MacMillen: “My Good Hair Day”

About MCC's Creative Writing Contest Judge


Dr. Joel R. Brouwer, our contest judge, is retired from teaching English and Communication for 47 years, the last 21 on the faculty at Montcalm Community College. During that time, he taught creative writing and mentored numerous aspiring authors. He also coordinated the statewide LAND Creative Writing Contest for many years. 

Chad Walden, Language Arts Instructor & Writing Center Coordinator