Friday, September 14, 2018

Scissortail 2019: The Poster


The 15th Annual R. Darryl Fisher Creative Writing Contest

East Central University presents
Oklahoma’s Most Prestigious High School Writing Competition


Prizes awarded at the Scissortail Creative Writing Festival, April 4-6, 2019

Fiction: 1st Place $200; 2nd Place $150; 3rd place $100
Poetry: 1st Place $200; 2nd Place $150; 3rd place $100
20 Honorable Mention Awards of $25 each

Guidelines:
* All Oklahoma high school students (9th - 12th grade) are eligible.
* Poetry (up to 100 lines) or Short Fiction (up to 6,000 words) is acceptable.
* Limit 5 poems and 1 short fiction piece per student.
* All entries must be the original work of the student.
* All entries must be neatly typed; please double-space fiction entries.
* Entries will not be returned, so keep your originals.
* No identifying marks should be on the manuscript itself, except for the title.
* Provide cover page with contact information: 1) Student’s name; 2) Teacher’s name 3) School 4) Classification (senior, junior, etc.) 5) Phone number, Email and mailing address.
* Work may be submitted through conventional mail or email.

DEADLINE: Conventional mail must be postmarked on or before Friday, February 1, 2019 Email entries must be sent by 11:59 p.m. on February 1, 2019. There will be no exceptions. Winners will be notified in early March, and awards will be presented Saturday, April 6 in the Cole University Center (Estep Auditorium), on the East Central University campus. A list of winners and winning entries may be posted online at www.ecuscissortail.blogspot.com. Please visit this site for festival and contest history and information. Previous award-winning Fisher contest entries are also available . 

Poetry Submissions: send work electronically as attached files to jgrasso@ecok.edu or mail to Dr. Joshua Grasso, East Central University, Dept. of English & Languages, 1100 E. 14th St., Ada, OK 74820

Fiction Submissions: send work electronically as attached files to mwalling@ecok.edu or mail to Dr. Mark Walling, East Central University, Dept. of English and Languages, 1100 E. 14th St., Ada, OK 74820

Contest Information: Dr. Joshua Grasso (580-235-3197); Dr. Mark Walling (580-559-5440). Scissortail Creative Writing Festival Information: Dr. Ken Hada (580-559-5557)

Thursday, April 5, 2018

It's On!


As of 9:30 this morning, the Thirteenth Annual the Scissortail Creative Writing Festival is under way.

If you're not here yet, come soon!

We'll be here through Saturday afternoon.

Sunday, April 1, 2018

From the Director, 2018

Welcome to Scissortail 2018!! This year 57 authors have been selected to present their work; 15 of these are new voices to the festival. On behalf of ECU English Faculty, our Sponsors and Donors and many other volunteers, I welcome you to our 13th annual festival. We are happy to host you.

I recently ran across a quote from Guillermo del Toro, referring to his Oscar-winning film The Shape of Water: “To me, it’s not a matter of how many people like it, but how deep people like it.” I think this perfectly expresses the attitude of an artist, and I think it could not be more appropriate for our Scissortail authors. Working authors know the highs and lows of presenting their material around the country, but for all of them, the fact that some deeply like their work, is the highest praise, and the purest reason to write. Few things in life are as magical as the connection made between an author and an audience. And so, in this spirit, once again, we gather to share the creativity that shapes so many of us. I am often asked why ECU puts on this festival, and one of my answers usually goes something like this: “This is what universities are supposed to do.” It’s festival time! Welcome. I hope you are inspired.

Ken Hada

Monday, March 12, 2018

Scissortail 2018: The Poster


Winners of the 14th Annual R. Darryl Fisher Creative Writing Contest

Poetry winners
First Place: Amanda Baskett, "Things I Know To Be True." Edmond MHS (Kelly Bristow)
Second Place: Carmela Holt, "Coward's estuary." Norman HS (Sara Doolittle)
Third Place: Brigette Drabek, "Enigma." Moore HS (Eileen Worthington)

Honorable Mentions:
Andrea Salazar-Zegarra, "The Aging of Time." Norman HS (Sara Doolittle)
Mia Shumway, "3 AM." Norman HS (Sara Doolittle)
Jamie Slaton, "Four Lonely Orbitals." Santa Fe South Pathways Middle College (Manning)
Rachel Starkey, "Powerful Women." Edmond MHS (Kelly Bristow)
Dani Lamothe, "I am (borrowed)." Norman NHS (Lezlie Christian)
Kianna Anderson, "Tap, Tap, Tap." Lawton HS (Terence Freeman)
Keiarie Henry, "Mental Illness." Lawton HS (Terence Freeman)
Keller Freeman, "Races." Bishop McGuiness Catholic HS (Rebecca McKee)

Fiction winners
First Place: Hayleigh Carrillo, "Deadly Petals." Santa Fe South HS (Michelle Manning)
Second Place: Brigette Drabek, "Searching for Light." Moore HS (Eileen Worthington)
Third Place: Dani Lamothe, "Us Against the Assholes." Norman North HS (Lezlie Christian)

Honorable Mention: 
Megan Roach, "Battle of the Mind." Washington HS (Dawn Lanham)
McKenna Stroud, "Government Cover-ups, Aliens, and Craigslist." Norman HS (Sara Doolittle)
Kathryn Garn, "Behind the Red Bow." Norman HS (Sara Doolittle)
Mia Shumway, "Santa Claus is Coming to Town." Norman HS (Sara Doolittle)
Amanda Basket, "Grit & Grace." Edmond Memorial HS (Kelly Bristow)
Mariah Stewart, "Broken Bones and Hollow Souls." Edmond Memorial HS (Kelly Bristow)
Jace Appling, "Untitled." Norman North HS (Lezlie Christian)
Evan Wade Boothe, "The Things in the River." Washington HS (Dawn Lanham)

Monday, January 29, 2018

Scissortail Creative Writing Contest for Undergraduates

Prizes: 1st - $100  2nd - $75  3rd - $50
(Plus Several Honorable Mentions)

Guidelines:
  • Contest is open only to currently enrolled undergraduate students.
  • Eligible students are expected to attend the Festival, Friday April 6.  (Please do not submit if you cannot attend the festival).
  • Submissions must be confirmed by a sponsoring faculty member.
  • Each institution is allowed a maximum of 5 (five entries); This includes ECU.
  • Submissions are limited to one of three categories: 1) one piece of short fiction (up to 7500 words), or one piece of creative nonfiction (up to 7500 words), or up to three poems (150 lines total).
  • Prizes will not be designated by genre, but will be awarded for best submissions.
  • All entries must be the original work of the student.
  • All entries must be neatly typed; please double-space prose entries.
  • Entries will not be returned, so keep your originals.
  • No identifying marks should be on the manuscript itself, except for the title.
  • Provide Cover page with contact information: 1) Student’s Name; 2) Student’s email address AND mailing address 3) Faculty Member’s Name & Email address 3) Institution 4) Classification 5) Phone number 6) Title of original work submitted
  • Submit work by email to Dr. Jennifer Dorsey at jdorsey@ecok.edu . In the subject line of your email submission, type “Scissortail Undergraduate Contest.”
  • Professor Dorsey will screen initial entries, then an outside judge will judge all entries that meet minimum guidelines. 

DEADLINE: Email entries to jdorsey@ecok.edu  must be received by midnight March 2, 2018. There will be no exceptions. Awards and recognition will occur Friday April 6 as part of the Scissortail Creative Writing Festival held at East Central University (April 5-7, 2018). Please visit (and subscribe via email) www.ecuscissortail.blogspot.com to receive festival updates. Contact: Ken Hada, khada@ecok.edu (580) 559-5557 for information regarding the Festival.

Judge: We are proud to introduce Gary Worth Moody as the judge for this year’s contest. Gary is a graduate of St. John's College and of the George Mason University MFA Program. Gary has worked as a forest fire fighter, a farrier, a cowboy, and building a town for coal miners in Siberia’s Kuzbass Region. His poems have appeared in myriad journals on both sides of the Atlantic, and in the anthologies, Cabin Fever: Poets at Joaquin Miller’s Cabin, 1984-2001 (Word Works Press) and Weaving the Terrain (Dos Gatos Press). He is the author of Hazards of Grace (Red Mountain Press, 2012), Occoquan (Red Mountain Press, 2015), shortlisted for the international Rubery Book Award in poetry. Gary’s 3rd manuscript, The Burnings, has been accepted for publication by 3: A Taos Press. He is currently developing a 4th manuscript entitled Lolita, the Bird and the black-Tongued Dog. A falconer, Gary lives in Santa Fe with the artist and writer, Oriana Rodman, two dogs, and Plague, a male red-tail hawk.

Sponsors: The Undergraduate Writing Contest is sponsored by The East Central University Foundation, Inc, in partnership with THE RED EARTH MFA program from Oklahoma City University, directed by Jeanetta Calhoun Mish. Red Earth representatives will be at the 2017 Scissortail Festival. Information about Red Earth MFA is available at http://www.okcu.edu/artsci/departments/english/redearthmfa