2019 North Country Writer’s Contest Winners and Honorable Mentions
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2019 North Country Writer’s Contest Winners and Honorable Mentions

Published: March 13, 2020

Jefferson Community College (JCC) announces the winners of the 2019 North Country Writer’s Contest, an annual event of the JCC English Department. The call for short fiction, essay/nonfiction and poetry entries begin in October 2019.

The 2019 North Country Writers Contest winners are:

  • Fiction Winner: Michael L. Keck, Black River, “A Crow, The Vortex and A Girl With a Steel Leg”
  • Nonfiction Winner: Jan A. Wojcik, Stockholm, “Cowpaths Towards a More Perfect Union”
  • Poetry Winner: Robert J. Comenole, Watertown, “Sisyphus in a Sheepskin Coat”

Celicia J. Robbins, Sandy Creek, received honorable mention for her fiction entry, “Tug Hill Crossroads.” Barbara B. Ward, Ogdensburg, received honorable mention for her nonfiction entry, “Left To The Elements.” In addition to his winning entry, Comenole received honorable mention for his poetry entry, “If The River Could Dream.”

Winners of the 2019 writer’s contest were awarded $100 while those receiving honorable mention were awarded $25. All winning and honorable mention entries will be published online at www.sunyjefferson.edu and printed in the 30th edition of the Black River Review, a journal of poetry, prose, musical arrangements, and fine arts, to be released in April 2020.

The writers contest is one component of the JCC English Department’s North Country Writers Series.



Story by:

Pamela Dixon

Additional Information:

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