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!

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.

Entry deadline is Friday, March 6 by 11:30pm.

Contest guidelines and entry website: Submit a Vortex Entry

Winners will receive their awards at the:
Vortex Awards Reception | April 30 at 7pm | Tickets: $20
Indigenous Culture Center ICC-222, Scottsdale Community College
9000 E Chaparral Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85256
Indigenous Culture Center Map  |  SCC Campus Map

Online tickets coming soon!

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

2019 Winners in Writing

Alex Ruiz-Vasquez
Alyson DiGiovanni
Bree Hoffman
Brooke Beebe
Camila Mundo
Joy Gregory
Kate Price
Konrad Ashby
Kristina Morgan

Marcus Campbell
Marie Tomisato
Robert Buchanan
Rosario Escarcega
Steph Rubin
Stephanie Cortes
Stephen Underwood
Thomas Hartwell

2019 Winners in Art

A. Goren
Angelika Zgainer
Barbara Goldberg
Bonnie Lewis
Elaine Karcher
Eleanor Babbitt
Ellen Nemetz

Gloria Langer
Joanne Gallery
Judy Feldman
Junko Kinoshita
Kathy Dioguardi
Levi Johnson
Suzanne Black

2019 Winners in Native Voices

Terisa Leonard
Reyna Solis
Preslie Thompson

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.

Click Here to Make Your Donation Today

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 2018 Winners

2018 VORTEX placed 2nd Place overall in the Community College Humanities Association, Southwestern Region, 2018 Literary Magazine Competition.

Congrats to our writing students who have received remarkable accolades:


1st Place

"City Code"
By: Alexia Jones

2nd Place

"1994 Toyota Pick-Up"
By: Krysta Evans