NCTC Creative Writing contest now accepting entries

Elizabeth F. Abu | Jan 23, 2019

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.

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.

New categories this year include the Academic Expository Contest for NCTC students. This essay should be formal with documentation, and should be 1,000 to 2,000 words.

Another new category, in conjunction with Gainesville’s Medal of Honor Host City Program, is an essay contest for middle school and high school students. Using the Medal of Honor Character Development Program’s six character traits (Courage, Commitment, Citizenship, Sacrifice, Integrity, Patriotism) as a framework, students choose someone they believe espouses at least two of these values. This person should be an ordinary person who they believe exhibits extraordinary values, enough so that they have become a role model for them.

The deadline for all entries is noon on Feb. 20.

The 2019 Awards Ceremony will be held at 11 a.m., on Friday, April 12 at the First State Bank Center for the Performing Arts on the NCTC Gainesville campus.

Copies of the 2019 edition ofThe April Perennial, featuring winning entries from last year, will also be distributed at the awards ceremony.

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