Annual North Country Writers Festival Contest


By Craig Thornton


Short Stories & Poetry Wanted 
Entries for JCC North Country Writers Contest due Sept. 23

Jefferson Community College (JCC) is now accepting submissions for its 2011 North Country Writers 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 Friday, September 23, 2011.        

The Writers Contest includes the following genres: Short Fiction, 1000 to 3000 words; Poetry, not to exceed 100 lines; 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 Submissions in all genres must reflect a connection to the North Country, be previously unpublished work, in letter quality, and must be double-spaced. A maximum of three submissions will be considered from any one participant.  Past winners may submit works in a different category. The title of the submission, author’s name, address, telephone number, email address and word count must appear on a separate cover sheet; only the title should appear on the manuscript. Entries will not be returned.
The award for each genre is $100 and publication on JCC’s website.  Entries which receive honorable mention will be awarded $25 and published online.
Submissions are preferred electronically as a Microsoft Word attachment in rich text format (.rtf) emailed to If unable to submit electronically, submissions should be addressed to: North Country Writers Contest, English Department, Jefferson Community College, 1220 Coffeen Street, Watertown, NY 13601.
Authors retain all rights to their work. Award recipients are requested to give a reading of their winning pieces at the North Country Writers Festival Reading at JCC on Thursday, October 27, 2011 at 7:00 p.m.
For more information, contact the JCC English Department at 315-786-2328 or email
The North Country Writers Contest is sponsored by the Jefferson Community College Faculty Student Association and JCC’s English Department.  

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