(above: Small Town Sounds 1 by Eden Breinich)
We’re excited to pass along news about the ninth annual Creative Writing Awards at CCAD. Please note that these awards are only open to current CCAD undergraduate students.
CCAD students may submit work in up to three genres: 1) poetry, 2) prose (fiction/non-fiction), and 3) screenwriting. For each genre, there will be a winner ($300 + publication in a future print issue of Botticelli) and a runner up ($100 + possible publication in a future online issue of Botticelli). Award recipients will have the option of reading their work at the Spring 2024 CHROMA event. The submissions will be judged anonymously and by outside (non-CCAD) judges. The deadline for contest submissions is Friday, February 23 by 11:59PM. Submissions received after that time will not be accepted.
This contest is limited to current CCAD undergraduates, including students who completed their undergraduate coursework at the end of the Fall 2023 semester. Students may submit in more than one genre and do not have to be Creative Writing minors or have taken Creative Writing courses to submit. Please read the guidelines below about how to format and submit your work. Revisions to submissions will not be accepted after the due date has passed. Prepare your submission carefully.
Each submission should be saved as a PDF. Save the PDF file name as your phone number: (e.g., 6140000000.pdf). Please submit a separate PDF file for each genre. You may not submit more than once for a single genre. In other words, you can submit a PDF for poetry and a PDF for screenwriting, but you may not submit two PDFs for poetry.
Attach and email submissions to: CCAD DOT CWAS AT gmail.com. Include your name in the Subject line of the email. Your name should not appear in the PDF, unless it is included as part of a poem or essay. Do not include a title page or cover letter.
Include the following information in the body of your email: Name, Genre(s), Email, Phone, and Mailing Address. For example:
Name: Bill Shakespeare
Genre(s): Poetry; Screenwriting
Mailing Address: 888 Hamlet Ave., Stratford-upon-Avon, OH 43215
Poetry: Please submit up to 3 poems*, totaling no more than ten pages. Start each new poem at the top of a page.
Prose (Fiction/Non-fiction): Submit no more than two pieces* of fiction and/or non-fiction. Please indicate under the title if the piece is fiction or non-fiction. The total page count must be no more than 30 double-spaced pages.
Screenwriting: Submit a single act of a screenplay, or a short complete screenplay, no more than 35 pages long. It should be formatted according to screenwriting conventions. You may include a synopsis if this submission is excerpted from a larger screenplay. Include the title of your screenplay.
*Judges are tasked with choosing the best poem or prose piece and do not base their decisions on the entire submission. For example, the poetry winner will win for one poem, not the entire packet.
You will receive a confirmation email that your work has been received. Award results will be announced by the end of March. Winning entries might not be published in Botticelli until Fall 2024. If a winner has graduated by then, copies of the issue will be mailed to the winner free of charge.
Botticelli does not sponsor or administer the CCAD Creative Writing Awards. If you have any questions, please email rloss AT CCAD.EDU