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Vortex Creative Writing & Art Competition

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

Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) and for the safety of our students, the 2020 Vortex Awards Reception has been canceled. Award winners will be receiving an email with additional information regarding how and when they will receive their awards.

Every Spring Semester, SCC provides its students with a one of a kind Creative Writing and Art competition called Vortex. The SCC Creative Writing & Art Competition is open to all SCC students. Students may submit writing in Poetry, Short Story, Creative Non-Fiction (Essay), and One Act Play/Screenplay as well as all types of Art.

For more information regarding Vortex or SCC's Creative Writing staff and classes, visit the Sandra Desjardins' Creative Writing website.

2020 Winners in Writing


  • First Place: Doria Dphrepaulezz
  • Second Place: Wonder Whalen
  • Third Place: Kristina Morgan
  • Honorable Mention: Todd Lejnieks
  • Honorable Mention: Robert Buchanan
  • Honorable Mention: Joy Gregory
  • Honorable Mention: Emily Phillips

Short Story

  • First Place: Kristina Morgan
  • Second Place: Joy Gregory
  • Honorable Mention: Adrian Villarreal

Creative Non-fiction

  • First Place: Kristina Morgan
  • Second Place: Kathryn Dwyer
  • Third Place: Ron Dunlop
  • Third Place: Olivia Martinez
  • Honorable Mention: Robert Lewis
  • Honorable Mention: Nancy Simpson

Plays and Scripts

  • First Place: Marie Tomisato
  • Second Place: Karina Rivera Acevedo
  • Third Place: Matthew Granillo

2020 Winners in Art

  • Phyllis Benson
  • Suzanne Black
  • Holly Clifford
  • Maria Da Langer
  • Kathy Dioguardi
  • Judith Feldman
  • Joanne Gallery
  • Barbara Goldberg
  • Stephen Hoffman
  • Michelle Horsman Juarez
  • Valerie Kossak
  • Steven Kujawski
  • Bonnie Lewis
  • Ellen Nemetz
  • Adrienne Pagel
  • Rick Rosenberg
  • Saige Shuquem
  • Caroline Wargo
  • Jada Warner

2020 Winners in Native Voices

  • Mary Doka
  • Marina Santa Cruz
  • Mateo Tree Top

For questions regarding the Vortex or for more information about the upcoming Creative Writing & Art Competition please call (480) 423‑6415 or (480) 423‑6459.

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.

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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.

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