Enter North Country Writer's Contest by February 25
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Enter North Country Writer's Contest by February 25

Published: December 15, 2021

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Jefferson Community College (JCC) is accepting submissions for its 2022 North Country Writer’s Contest open to all residents and friends of the upstate New York region. Aspiring writers won’t want to miss this opportunity to be published online and receive cash prizes! There is no entry fee. The deadline for submission is February 25, 2022.  

The Writer’s Contest includes the following genres: Poetry, not to exceed 100 lines; Short Fiction, 1000 to 3000 words; and Essay/Non-Fiction, 1000 to 3000 words. Submissions in all genres must reflect a connection to the North Country, be previously unpublished work, in letter quality and must be double-spaced (poetry excepted). A maximum of three submissions will be considered from any one participant. Winners of the 2022 writing contest may submit works in a different category. The title and genre of the submission, author’s name, address, telephone number, email address and word count must appear on a required separate cover page; only the title should appear on the manuscript. Entries will not be returned. 

The award for each genre is $75 and publication on JCC’s website. Entries which receive honorable mention will be awarded $25 and online publication.

Submissions are preferred electronically as an attachment in rich text (.rtf) or PDF format emailed to ncwriterscontest@sunyjefferson.edu. If unable to submit electronically, submissions should be addressed to: North Country Writer’s Contest, School of Arts and Humanities, Jefferson Community College, 1220 Coffeen Street, Watertown, NY 13601. 

Authors retain all rights to their work after first publication. Award recipients are encouraged to participate in the virtual reading of works and presentation of awards during the Black River Review (BRR) unveiling in May 2022. The Black River Review is a journal of poetry, musical arrangements, prose and fine arts; works of JCC students, faculty/staff and alumni. The School of Arts and Humanities is accepting submissions for the BRR through February 25, 2022. Visit www.sunyjefferson.edu/brr to learn more. 

For more information, contact the JCC School of Arts and Humanities at 315-786-2328 or email jjones3@sunyjefferson.edu.

The North Country Writing Contest is sponsored by the Jefferson Community College School of Arts & Humanities, Campus Life, and Campus Activities Board. 



Story by:

Pamela Dixon

Additional Information:

Public Relations Department, Jefferson Community College, (315) 786-2392, Email Public Relations

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