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Annual North Country Writers Festival Ongoing at JCC

A public reception and reading will be held Thursday, October 30 at 7:00 p.m. in the Student Lounge, McVean Student Center, at Jefferson Community College (JCC) to recognize winners of the 2014 North Country writer’s contest. The public is invited to attend.

Winners of the 2014 North Country Writers Contest are:

  • Poetry - Corey M. Pentoney, Watertown, “Stones”
  • Short Fiction - Chris L. Brock, Watertown, “My Life as an Otter”
  • Essay/Nonfiction - Diane V. Rogers, Cape Vincent, “Measuring Distance”

Honorable mentions of the 2014 North Country Writers Contest are:

  • Poetry – Helen M. Ruggieri, Olean, “A Beautiful River”
  • Short Fiction - Jeff G. Bakkensen, New York, “Spin”
  • Essay/Nonfiction - Nicholas P. J. Dephtereos, Watertown, “An Affordable Scare”

All six contestants are invited to read their entries at the writers contest reading and reception. Winning writers were awarded $100 while those receiving honorable mention were awarded $25. Both winning and honorable mention submissions will be published on JCC's website in November. 

The writers contest reading and reception are part of a weeklong North Country Writers Festival at JCC beginning Monday, October 27 through Friday, October 31. The public is also invited to participate in these exciting Writers Festival events:

Monday, October 27           Author Reading
                                             Featuring Essayist William Bradley 
                                            12:20 p.m. / East Hall, Room H-116

Tuesday, October 28         Campus Writers Reading
                                            Featuring Christie Grimes, Ann Clark-Moore and Corey Pentoney
                                           12:20 p.m. / East Hall, Room H-116

Wednesday, October 29    Author Reading
                                            Featuring Jennifer Pashley
                                            12:20 p.m. / Jules Center, Room 6-002    

Thursday, October 30        Coffeehouse Reading
                                             Featuring the 2014 North Country Writers Contest Winners

                                             7:00 p.m. / Student Lounge, McVean Student Center  

Friday, October 31             Brown Bag Poetry
                                            12:20 p.m. / Jules Center, Room 6-104

For more information about the writer’s contest reading and festival events, contact the JCC English department at 315-786-2328. 

The North Country Writers Contest is sponsored by the Jefferson Community College English Department and Faculty Student Association.