Winners of the JCC Writer’s Contest Announced


By Craig Thornton


Winners of the JCC Writer’s Contest Announced

North Country Writers Festival Reading to be held Oct. 24

A public reception and reading will be held Thursday, October 24 at 7:00 p.m. in the Student Lounge, McVean Student Center, at Jefferson Community College (JCC) to recognize winners of the 2013 North Country writer’s contest. The public is invited to attend.

Winners of the 2013 North Country Writers Contest are:

Poetry - Michael L. Keck, Black River, “There Are Not Many”

Short Fiction - Bob Comenole, Watertown, “Amendments”

Essay/Nonfiction - Siraj A. Sindhu, Watertown, “A Decade of Ramadans in Watertown”

Honorable mentions of the 2013 North Country Writers Contest are:

Poetry – George DeChant, Saranac Lake, “trout fishing viii” and Shannel Garrow, Hogansburg, “Sage”

Short Fiction - Jayn M. Graves, Watertown, “The Monkey Girls”

Essay/Nonfiction - Allan J. Ferguson, Homer, “Fred”

All seven contestants are invited to read their entries at the writers contest reading and reception. Winning writers were awarded $100 while those receiving honorable mention were awarded $25. Both winning and honorable mention submissions will be published early November on JCC’s website at (choose “Publications” under “News and Events”).

The writers contest reading and reception are part of a weeklong North Country Writers Festival at JCC beginning Monday, October 21 through Thursday, October 24. The public is also invited to participate in these exciting Writers Festival events:


Thursday, October 24                     Coffeehouse Reading

                                                                Featuring the 2013 North Country Writers Contest Winners

7:00 p.m. / Student Lounge, McVean Student Center  


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