Vortex Creative Writing & Art Competition

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Vortex Creative Writing & Art Contest

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.

Contest guidelines are online at: https://weba.scottsdalecc.edu/forms/vortexcontest

Winners will receive their awards at the:
Vortex Awards Reception | May 3rd at 7:00 PM
Embassy Suites by Hilton, Scottsdale Resort, 5001 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85250

Tickets will be available on Monday, April 2nd by phone at (480) 423-6148, or on campus at SCC Cashier's Office (SS137) or at the LC Office (LC 305). Tickets are $25 each.

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

Winners in Writing

David Bertoni
Emily McNeill
Rosanna Moss
Antha Perkins
Geroge Kallas
Alexia Jones
Bree Hoffman
Max Biederman
Kevin Abblett
Cicely Winder
Konrad Ashby
Rosanna Moss
Krysta Evans
Rosario Escarcega
Robert Buchanan
Stephen Rubin
Karyl Krug
Robin Hartwell
Taylor Paulson
Cielo Aguilar
Thomas Hartwell
Jonathan Sanborn
John Hull
Shinaya Dawes
Atousa Zamani

Winners in Art

Eleanor Babbitt
Joanne Gallery
Tristan Wright
Rosanna Moss
Angelika Zgainer
Elaine Karcher
Junko Kinoshita
Ellen Nemetz
Stephen Hoffman
Rebecca Ruhm
Daniel Wheeler
Preslie Thompson
Kathy Dioguardi-Newman
Richard Rosenberg
Judy Feldman
Keith Seidel

PEN Women Award for Best Original Score

Emmett LaFave

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 16 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 2017 Winners

Montana Lorente's “Suitcase Family” placed 1st in Poetry
Jessica Warfle's “Numbers” placed 2nd in Poetry
Antha Perkins' "Ignes" placed 2nd in Short Story
Sammi Mathur's "The Medic" placed 3rd in Short Story
Stephen Rubin's "Perspective" placed Honorable Mention in Short Story
Meghan Saul's "Gran Torino" placed 1st in Creative Non-Fiction
Robert Buchanan's "Mutual Assured Destruction" placed 2nd in Creative Non-Fiction
Robin Hartwell's “Hell for the Company” placed 1st in Script
Garrett Iannarelli's “Post Traumatic” placed 2nd in Script
Arthur Spina's “Showcase” placed 3rd in Script
Bonnie Lewis' "Walking to Nowhere" placed 3rd in Artwork