NCTC Creative Writing Contest now accepting entries

Elizabeth F. Dieter | Feb 6, 2017

An annual event that showcases the talents of area writers and poets is now accepting entries.

North Central Texas College is once again hosting the NCTC Creative Writing Contest.

The contest offers aspiring amateur writers of all ages in Texas and Oklahoma the chance to have their work critiqued by professionals, to have it published and possibly earn them special recognition and cash prizes.

Sponsored by the NCTC English, Speech and Foreign Language Department, the popular contest usually draws up to 600 or more entries from throughout the region.

“We just keep getting more and more entries from a wider area,” contest director and NCTC English instructor Gabrielle Fletcher said. “It used to be mostly Cooke County and Denton County, but now we are starting to move out a little further and more schools are starting to participate.”

Fletcher said the competition comprises four main divisions for amateur writers ranging from middle school age through adults. Each division features subcategories for poetry, short stories and essays. Cash prizes are awarded for first, second and third place in each division.

Deadline for entries is noon on Feb. 22.

The 2017 Awards Ceremony will be held at 11 a.m., on April 7 at the First State Bank Center for the Performing Arts on the NCTC Gainesville campus.

Copies of the 2016 edition of The April Perennial, featuring winning entries from last year, will also be distributed at the awards ceremony.

The guest speakers at this year’s ceremony will be author Peter Collier and photographer Nick Del Calzo. The two worked together on Medal of Honor: Portraits of Valor Beyond the Call of Duty, a book filled with portraits and profiles of Medal of Honor recipients.

For more information, contact Fletcher by email at Information can also be found at the NCTC website by visiting