Creative writing students from across the state gathered on the Holmes Community College Ridgeland Campus on Friday, April 12, to receive their accolades as they were announced winners in the 2019 Mississippi Community College Creative Writers Association competition. During the awards ceremony portion of the workshop, Holmes was recognized with seven awards.
Competition judges/workshop presenters included Dr. Don Hubele, English professor and chair of the Belhaven University English Department; Paula Lambert, literary and visionary artist and author; Phyllis W. Seawright, assistant professor of communication/theater at Mississippi College; Michael Farris Smith, award-winning author, and Marshall Ramsey, author, syndicated-cartoonist, radio/television host and editor-at-large for Mississippi Today. The competition included seven categories: Fiction, Literary Essay, Poetry, Drama, Creative Nonfiction, Best Professionally-Printed Journal and Best In-House Journal.
In the Fiction Category, Hayden Mitchell of Kosciusko, a student on the Goodman Campus, won first place for her story "The Waitress." In the Literary Essay Category, Ridgeland Campus student Kamilah Brown of Jackson won second place for her paper, "An Analysis on the Life of Frederick Douglass and Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl."
In the Poetry Division, Ridgeland Campus student Rachel Hairston of Jackson placed third for her poem about dyslexia, "Ahplaebt" and also won an Honorable Mention for her poem "buddies." Additionally, Goodman student Amira Wallace of Jackson took home an Honorable Mention for her poem "Heart Strings." In the Creative Nonfiction Category, Ridgeland Campus student Devin Ammons of Bentonia was recognized with an Honorable Mention, as well.
Finally, Holmes' literary journal "Reflections" was named first place for Best In-House Publication overall.
For more information about this year's MCCCWA contest and awards, contact MCCCWA President Dr. Andrew Kelly at email@example.com.