Creative Writing Contest

Mount Mercy University’s Creative Writing Contest for High School Juniors

Submit your entry here!

Jot, compose, scribe, or scribble. 
Write it down, then type it up. 
Send it in. 
Test your idea.
Innovate.  Stimulate.  Integrate.
(If you like, you can even syncopate.)

Mount Mercy's Creative Writing Contest is designed to encourage eleventh graders to sharpen their writing skills, while also providing a teaching and learning opportunity for Mount Mercy faculty and students.

The grand prize winner will receive a $200 Amazon Gift Card and be published in Mount Mercy’s annual creative writing magazine, The Paha Review. All contestants will receive written feedback on their work from a Mount Mercy English professor or upper-level creative writing student.  Entries are due February 1, 2015.  

Several contestants, including the grand-prize winner, will be invited to read their work at Mount Mercy’s Scholarship Festival, on the Mount Mercy campus, April 29. This event will also include readings by Mount Mercy creative writing students, lunch, and lots of creative fun.

Here’s how to enter:

  • Send one original work of no more than 1,000 words (poem, story, or piece of creative non-fiction) to Mount Mercy as a Microsoft Word© document.
  • Submit your entry here!
  • Prizes will be given to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners—honorable mentions will also be awarded.
  • Entries are due February 1, 2015.

All entries received written feedback from a Mount Mercy English professor or upper-level creative writing student.

Past Winners

We applaud all the high school juniors who participated and congratulate the award winners and honorable mentions.

Past winners (2013-14):
First-place winner Sara Lyon of Mount Vernon High School in Iowa was awarded an iPad Mini for her winning entry, "A Wish Too Late," which was published in Mount Mercy’s annual creative writing magazine, The Paha Review. The top three winners were also invited to Mount Mercy's campus to read their work as part of the Pathways to Scholarship Festival in April.

First Place
Sara Lyon
Mount Vernon High School
Read her awarding winning entry, "A Wish Too Late"

Honorable Mentions
Cali Cinkovich, North Cedar High School (IA)
Maria Theresa Dizon, Marianas High School (Saipan)
Nicholas Green, Iowa City Regina High School (IA)
Zhane Johnson, Jefferson High School (IN)
Hatte Kelley, North High School (IA)

Second Place
Christine Stuppi
Springville Secondary
Read her awarding winning entry, "Untitled" 

 

Third Place
Lauren Clapp
Iowa City Regina High School
Read her awarding winning entry, "Seven" 

 


Past winners (2012-13):

First Place
Courtney Griggs
Pella Christian High School
Read her awarding winning entry, "Whiteout"

Second Place
Grace Larew
Iowa City Regina High School
Read her awarding winning entry, "One Instead of Two"

Third Place
Anna Wolle
Cedar Rapids Washington High School
Read her awarding winning entry, "The Sound of Horror"

Honorable Mentions
Carley Dale, Clear Creek Amana High School (IA)
Meredith Hemphill, Atkins Academic and Tech High School (NC)
Laura Hu, Troy High School (CA)
Ashley Lodwig, Marion High School (IA)
J.D. Love-Epp, Rockhurst High School (MO)
Afsheen Raza-Faisal, Jamnabai Narsee School (Mumbai, India)
Karalee Smith, Clear Creek Amana High School (IA)
John Ver Mulm, Rock Valley High School (IA)
Bailey Zaputil, Cedar Rapids Kennedy High School (IA)

 

Past winners (2011-12):

First Place  
Brennan Bogert, from Regina High School in Iowa City. Read his award-winning entry, “My Neighbor’s Daughter.”

Brennan, Sarah and Marissa read their winning entries at Mount Mercy on May 2, as part of the Pathways to Scholarship Festival.

Second Place  
Sarah Mork, from Marion High School in Marion. Read her story, “Loneliness.”
Third Place  
Marissa Bouska, from North Fayette High School in West Union. Read her essay, “Washed Away.”

 

Honorable Mentions:
Natalie Bonthius, Regina High School
Catherine Boyle, Columbus Catholic High School
Michael Clapp, Regina High School
Xena Fitzgerald, Mount Vernon High School
Katherine Jamtgaard, West Hancock High School
Kassie Kittredge, George Washington High School
Elizabeth Schwendinger, Woodward-Granger High School
Kimberly Shiu, Regina High School
Nicole Tuttle, BGM Community High School
Elizabeth Wilson, Regina High School

For more information about Creative Writing at Mount Mercy email CreativeWriting@mtmercy.edu or phone 319-368-6460319-368-6460