Annual Writers’ Festival Contest

Agnes Scott College Writers’ Festival Contest


Agnes Scott College’s 49th Annual Writers’ Festival is pleased to announce the winners of 2020 creative writing competition. Finalist entries were judged by guest writers Lidia Yuknavitch, Tina Chang, and Agnes Scott alumna writer, Anna Cabe ‘13. 

Contest categories are poetry, short fiction, creative nonfiction, and playwriting. A prize of $500 is awarded to the winning entry in each category. Their work has been included in the Agnes Scott College Writers’ Festival Magazine, published in April. See below the winners announcement for contest rules.

Agnes Scott's 49th Writers’ Festival Contest Winners

kira-tucker-photo_web.jpgKira Tucker is a poet and visual artist from Memphis, Tennessee. She will complete her studies in English, Creative Writing, and Linguistics as she graduates magna cum laude from Emory University this May. Currently working on a collection of poems for her first book project, Kira strives to honor Koleka Putuma’s reminder that “you owe your dreams your courage.”

Read the winning entry.

Creative Nonfiction
bellabraxton_web.jpgBella Braxton is a sophomore philosophy major at Agnes Scott College.

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sophiaho_web.jpgSophia Ho is a junior at Agnes Scott College, majoring in English Creative Writing, with a minor in Film and Media Studies. Her favorites types of writing are fiction and screenwriting, both of which she hopes to use in her future career as a writer for film and television. When she’s not passionately discussing media or buried under a pile of assignments, Sophia can be found reading, writing, or fixating on her latest pop culture obsession.

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delaneyporter_web.jpgDelaney "Lane" Porter is a sophomore at Agnes Scott College majoring in English Literature. 
In their free time, they enjoy hunting for sea glass and annotating their J.D. Salinger collection to death.

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Contest Rules:
  • The Writers’ Festival competition in poetry, short fiction, creative nonfiction, and playwriting is open to anyone currently enrolled in a graduate or undergraduate program in a college or university in the state of Georgia. 
  • Submissions must be previously unpublished. Finalist entries will appear in the Agnes Scott Writers’ Festival Magazine; authors retain all rights to their materials and may publish them elsewhere after the competition.
  • Submit entries as Word-compatible or PDF attachments to the Agnes Scott Writers’ Festival at Submittable: Submit each story, essay, play, or poem in a separate file. The author’s name must not appear within the file. The brief cover letter must include the author’s name, school, email address, and phone number, followed by a list of titles of all works submitted, including titles of individual poems.
  • Each entrant may submit up to five poems, up to two stories, up to two creative nonfiction essays, and one one-act play. Entries must be typed in a standard 12-point black-type font (no script fonts). Entries in short fiction and creative nonfiction must be double-spaced. Entries may use global formatting (for example, first line indents) that can easily be changed to our template for publication.
  • Stories and creative nonfiction must be no longer than 5000 words, poems no longer than 100 lines. One-act plays must be no longer than 30 pages and typed in the approved professional format. (See the “Formatting Guide” at

For information about the event or to receive an electronic copy of the rules, write to Professor Alan Grostephan at