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Columbia College Today holds first-ever student short fiction contest

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Columbia College Today (CCT) has announced its first-ever short fiction contest for Columbia College students, offering them the opportunity to showcase their creative writing skills while simultaneously providing them an opportunity to have their work read by three established alumni authors.

The winning piece will be selected by Kelly Link CC’91, a 2018 MacArthur “genius” grant winner and author of Get in Trouble, which was nominated for the 2016 Pulitzer Prize; Darryl Pinckney CC’88, a Whiting Award and Guggenheim Fellowship-winner who is the author of Black Deutschland and the forthcoming Busted in New York and Other Essays; and Jill Santopolo CC’03, an associate publisher of Philomel Books, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers Group, who is also The New York Times bestselling author of The Light We Lost and the forthcoming More Than Words.

The winner will receive a $500 prize and will have their story published in the Summer 2019 issue of CCT, in print and online. Honorable mentions will have their pieces published online.

Submissions, which must be original, unpublished fiction of 2,500 words or less and the work of a sole author, are due by Sunday, March 24, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. EDT. Complete entry rules are available on the CCT website.

Stay tuned for updates on the winning entry!