Congratulations to our 2018 Writing Competition Winners!

Brancart Fiction Award:

  • 1st Place: Via Bleidner for Birdwatching
  • 2nd Place: Maya Theresa Garabedian for Temperament

Richardson Poetry Award:

  • 1st Place: Komal Surani for Silence, December Night in my Dorm, and The First Time
  • 2nd Place: Willie Roman for Yo te a poyo, Cycles, Home, Grandpa, and Entrenched

Most Excellent Awards

Narrative Prose:

  • 1st Place: Tara Ghai for Dad's First Love
  • 2nd Place: Ted Tinker for The Circular Pangolin


  • 1st Place: Ignacio Vargas for J
  • 2nd Place: Cassidy Minten for Rio Rico and Arizona
  • 3rd Place: Nikayla Jefferson for In the Parking Lot


  • 1st Place: Chinmayee Balachandra for A Veritable Tempest in the Brain
  • 2nd Place: Juliet Way-Henthorne for Polyamory, Sexual Agency, and the Power of Disguise in Eliza Haywood's Fantomina
  • Honorable Mention: Pei Jia Anderson for It's Always the Mother

Writing Competitions 

The Awards 

Brancart Fiction Writing Contest: Established by CCS alumna Christine Lehner in memory of her grandmother Reine Brancart, the Brancart Fiction Award is given each year for an exemplary work of fiction. The fiction piece must be at least one (1) page in length but no more than fifteen (15). One entry per student.

  • Winner receives: $200.00

Richardson Poetry Writing Contest: Established by CCS alumnus Jeffrey Hewitt in memory of his grandmother Henrietta Wing Richardson, the Richardson Poetry Prize is given each year for an exemplary work of poetry. Students may submit a poem or group of poems of no more than five (5) pages. One entry per student.

  • Winner receives $600.00

CCS Most Excellent Writing Contest (Narrative Prose, Essay, Poetry):  Students may submit a piece of fiction, an essay or a poem (one submission per category). Narrative prose and essay submissions should be 1-10 pages, and poetry submissions should be 1-5 pages.  One entry per category per student.

  • One First Place Winner per category receives: $35.00
  • One Second Place Winner per category receives: $25.00
  • Three Honorable Mentions receive: $15.00