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Writers Contest Reading & Festival Events at JCC Oct. 25–28

A public reception and writers reading will be held Thursday, October 28 at 7:00 p.m. in the Student Lounge of the McVean Center at Jefferson Community College (JCC) to recognize the winners of the 2010 North Country Writers Festival Contest. Since June, the JCC English department has sought entries for short fiction, essay/nonfiction, and poetry. This year the writers contest received a record number of entries, with 119 submissions!


The 2010 North Country Writers Contest winners are:

  • Poetry - Paul David Adkins, Watertown, “War Story #108”
  • Short Fiction - Ann L. Clark-Moore, Dexter, “Free to A Good Home”
  • Essay/Nonfiction - Michael J. Adair, Watertown, “A Jar of Peanut Butter”

Honorable Mention

The 2010 North Country Writers Contest honorable mentions are:

  • Poetry - Northrop Starfox, Star Lake, “Lessons from Art School: Potsdam, NY”
  • Short Fiction - Gabrielle Hovendon, Watertown, “Deer Cut Up”
  • Essay/Nonfiction - Margaret S. Bartley, New Russia, “Dressing for Prison”

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

The Writers Contest Reading and reception are part of a weeklong North Country Writers Festival at JCC from Monday, October 25 through Friday, October 29. The public is invited to participate in these exciting Writers Festival events:


Monday, October 25 - Campus Writers Read

12:30 p.m. / Sturtz Theater
Tuesday, October 26 - Author Reading featuring Maurice F. Kenny
12:30 p.m. / Jules Center, Room 6-002





Wednesday, October 27 - Food Memoir Reading featuring Matthew J. Frank

12:20 p.m. / Jules Center, Room 6-002






Thursday, October 28 - Coffeehouse Reading featuring the 2010 Writers Contest Winners

7:00 p.m. / Student Lounge, McVean Student Center, (Bldg. 4)

For more information about the writers 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, Faculty Student Association, Social Cultural Committee and Student Activities Center.