Vortex Creative Writing & Art Competition

Announcing SCC's Annual Vortex Creative Writing and Art Competition!

Please change the first paragraph to: We are now currently accepting submissions for the Vortex 2023 Creative Writing and Art Competition! For rules and to submit your creative writing or art, please visit the Vortex Submission Website.

  • Submission Deadlines:
  • Art: March 3, 2023
  • Writing: March 10, 2023
  • Native Voices and Visions: March 10, 2023
  • Vortex Competition Flyer

Every Spring Semester, SCC provides its students with a one of a kind Creative Writing and Art competition called Vortex. Students may submit writing in Poetry, Short Story, Creative Non-Fiction (Essay), and One Act Play/Screenplay as well as in Art (all types). This competition is open to all SCC students. For more information please contact [email protected].

Native Voice & Visions Category

Native students have the opportunity to be considered for scholarship awards by submitting their work under Native Voices and Visions. For additional information, please contact [email protected].

2021 Winners in Writing


  • First Place: Alexia Norton Jones
  • Second Place: Kylie Thesz
  • Third Place: Nesta Nordskov
  • Honorable Mention: Kristina Morgan
  • Honorable Mention: Karina Reginato
  • Honorable Mention: Romeo Barrientos

Creative Non-Fiction

First Place: Kristina Morgan

  • Second Place: Adrian Villarreal
  • Third Place: Krystal Simmons
  • Honorable Mention: Kieran Noback
  • Honorable Mention: Kathryn Dwyer
  • Honorable Mention: Angela-Marie Luna
  • Honorable Mention: Steffan Quinn Ponsolle

Short Story

  • First Place: Adrian Villarreal
  • Second Place: Kristina Morgan


  • First Place: Marie Tomisato
  • Second Place: Birdie Holloway
  • Third Place: Malichi Greenlee

2021 Winners in Art

  • Ellen Nemetz
  • Eleanor Babbit
  • Sarah Brett
  • Clinton Chandler
  • Riley Duemler
  • Judith Feldman
  • Joanne Gallery
  • Barbara Goldberg
  • Stephen Hoffman
  • Melissa Kennedy
  • Martha Klare
  • Ellen Nemetz
  • Aida Sanienejad
  • Steven Soekrasno

2021 Winners in Native Voices

  • Autumn Whitehorse
  • Seneca Peters

2021 Winner of the National League of American Pen Women Award for Music

  • Nolan McDowell

For questions regarding the Vortex or for more information about the upcoming Creative Writing & Art Competition please call (480) 423‑6459 or email [email protected].

Winners will be honored at the Vortex Awards Reception.

Writing awards will be announced at the Awards Reception.

Help Preserve Vortex, the SCC Student Magazine of Writing and Art!

This event is made possible through donations made from community members, faculty, staff, and students. If you would like to help preserve Vortex, the only showcase for SCC students’ excellence in creative writing and art, you can do so online through the Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation. Be sure to select "Vortex Student Publication" when making your donation. All donations are tax deductible as allowed by law.

Last year, Vortex placed 2nd in the Southwest Division (for nearly 17 years, Vortex has consistently placed First, Second, or Third). The following students won this year as well (they competed with every writer in every literary magazine in the Southwest Division!).

Congratulations CCHA Literary Contest 2019 Winners

2019 VORTEX placed 3rd Place overall in the Community College Humanities Association, Southwestern Region, 2019 Literary Magazine Competition. Read the article.

Congrats to our writing students who have received remarkable accolades:


2nd Place

"Nothing Looks Better Than a Girl on a Truck"
By: Suzanne Black

Script (Only one winner in SW Division)

By: Stephanie Cortes