Wednesday, November 29, 2023
Tuesday, October 10, 2023
The 19th Annual Scissortail Festival will be held April 4-6, 2024.
We invite submissions to be considered for an in-person program. Please send your best work, while considering the following guidelines. Please follow exactly.
* We anticipate that authors will have up to 20 minutes to present their material – this is the total time at the mic, including any comments you make in addition to the presented material.
* Scissortail is a reading festival. No workshops, how-to, propaganda or pre-arranged panels are acceptable. Reading sessions feature a mixture of authors and genre.
* Fiction and creative nonfiction writers are encouraged to Excerpt their submission to fit into the time restraints (The appeal of a narrative may, in fact, be heightened by presenting a carefully selected excerpt, rather than speed-reading).
* Due to the number of participants, it is not possible to accommodate scheduling requests.
* Please understand that Ada, Oklahoma is a small town with very limited public transportation and has a limited number of hotel rooms. Ada is a two-hour drive from the Oklahoma City airport, three hours from DFW (in good traffic) and two and half hours from Tulsa, Oklahoma. The Scissortail Festival is unable to provide shuttle service to and from these airports, so please consider these factors before submitting.
* Sessions usually consist of 3 or 4 readers per session. Authors may NOT exceed 20 minutes total time at the mic – including prose, including commentary. Please respect your audience and fellow readers by diligently adhering to time restraints.
Submit by email: 1) complete contact information 2) the title of your program and the work to be considered – please consider the time restraints per reader. 3) a paragraph-length biographical narrative summarizing publications and significant accomplishments (please write bios in 3rd person).
Deadline for submission is December 15, 2023. The schedule will be announced as early as possible, in January, and certainly by early February at the latest.
Send email submissions to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Identify “Scissortail Submission” in the subject line.
Please check your calendar before submitting. Participants are not charged registration fees, nor are authors compensated. Please subscribe by providing your email at http://www.ecuscissortail.blogspot.com in order to receive notice of information regarding the festival and related events. Updates are posted on this site.
COVID DISCLAIMER: By submitting your work to be included as a participant and/or audience member of the 2024 Scissortail Festival, you voluntarily acknowledge that you have been vaccinated for COVID and/or you fully accept all responsibility for any potential health risk when gathering in these public events. By submitting work to be included on the festival program, applicants further agree to hold harmless the Scissortail Creative Writing Festival and East Central University. You also recognize that plans to hold an in-person festival, could be changed at the last minute, as necessary, due to unforeseen circumstances associated with Covid, and/or the festival could be canceled at the discretion of East Central University.
Monday, October 9, 2023
East Central University in Ada, Oklahoma presents
Oklahoma’s Most Prestigious High School Writing Competition
Fiction: 1st Place $250; 2nd place: $150; 3rd Place $100
Poetry: 1st Place $250; 2nd place: $150; 3rd Place $100
20 Honorable Mention Awards of $25 each
* 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) High School and Teacher’s name 3) Classification (senior, junior, etc.) 4) Phone number, Email and student’s mailing address. (Work submitted without a mailing address for each student will not be judged)
* Work may be submitted through conventional mail or email.
DEADLINE: Conventional mail must be postmarked on or before Friday, February 9, 2024. Email entries must be sent via email by 11:59 p.m. on February 9, 2024. There will be no exceptions. Winners will be notified and awards will be presented to students during the annual Scissortail Festival at ECU, April 8, 2023. The names of winning writers will be posted online at: www.ecuscissortail.blogspot.com.
Poetry Submissions: send work electronically as attached files to email@example.com or mail to Dr. Joshua Grasso,
Fiction Submissions: send work electronically as attached files to firstname.lastname@example.org or mail to Dr. Mark Walling,
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)
Friday, October 6, 2023
Thursday, March 9, 2023
18th Annual: Scissortail Creative Writing Festival
April 6 - 8, 2023
East Central University
Thursday, April 6
I. 9:30 – 10: 45 Estep Auditorium
Ben Myers: Oklahoma Baptist
The Family Book of Martyrs
Denise Tolan: San Antonio, Texas
Italian Blood & This is What Love Looks Like
Gary Worth Moody: Santa Fe, New Mexico
Cartography of Random Graves Antlered with Unfamiliar Desert Bird
II. 11:00 – 12: 10 Estep Auditorium
Andrew Geyer: U. South Carolina -
Molly Sizer: Lawton, Oklahoma
Loving Our Neighbors
Cullen Whisenhunt: Eastern OK State College
Childish Thing & other poems
III. 11:00 - 12:10 Regents Room
David Meischen: Albuquerque, New
An Alphabet for Mockingbirds
Julie Chappell: Cleveland, Oklahoma
Watermarks – Only Visible in the Light
Corbett Buchly: Richardson, Texas
Like All Strong Things Leave Us
*** Lunch ***
IV. 2:15 – 3: 35 Estep Auditorium
Maryann Hurtt: Elkhart Lake,
Bedlam and Blossoms
Alan Birkelbach: Raton, New Mexico
Transformation:Absence, Silence, and Distance
Richard Dixon: Oklahoma City, OK
West on the 40
V. 2:15 – 3:35 Regents Room
Ann Howells: Carrollton, Texas
My Most Unforgettable Character
Patrick Kindig: Tarleton State University
The Stephenville Poems
John Morris: Cameron University
The Laws of Physics & other poems
VI. 3:55 – 5:10 Estep Auditorium
Sarah Webb: Burnet, Texas
Neal Ostman: Colleyville, Texas
Earthman – Churned Earth
Alan Gann: Dallas, Texas
In Dorothy's Shadow
VII. 3:55 – 5:10 Regents Room
Bill McCloud: Rogers State
Keely Record: Tulsa, Oklahoma
What I've Seen
Mark Walling: East Central University
Mother Merry Turns Contrary
VIII. 7:00 – 8:30 Estep Auditorium
Featuring: Major Jackson
(Authors’ Reception – Polo’s Restaurant)
Friday, April 7
IX. 9:00 – 9:50 Estep Auditorium
Rob Roensch: Oklahoma City University
The World and the Zoo
Tina Carlson: Santa Fe, New Mexico
Let's Say My Lover is a Volcano
X. 9:00 - 9:50 Regents Room
Joey Brown: Missouri Southern State
Paul Austin: Norman, Oklahoma
Looking, Listening, Feeling
XI. 10:00 – 10:50 Estep Auditorium
karla k. morton: Raton, New Mexico
Politics of the Minotaur
Marc DiPaolo: SWOSU
He Saved My Life, He Save My Bongo
XII. 10:00 – 10:50 Regents Room
Ron Wallace: Durant, Oklahoma
Josh Grasso: East Central University
Psychics Always Cheat
XIII. 11:00 – 12:10 Estep Auditorium
Chris Murphy: Northeastern State
The Soviet Bloc: Studies in Genre
Linda Neal Reising: Poseyville, Indiana
Stone Roses: Voices of Oklahoma Women Pioneers
Tom Murphy: Corpus Christi, Texas
Where Does Love Go & other poems
XIV. 11:00 – 12:10 Regents Room
Paul Juhasz: Seminole State College
The Inner Life of Comics
Sally Rhoades: Albany, New York
Don Stinson: Northern Oklahoma College
Dark Rooms in Silent Houses
*** Lunch ***
XV. 2:15 – 3:35 Estep Auditorium
Sharon Edge Martin: Oilton,
Turning Life Experiences into Fiction
Roy Beckemeyer: Wichita, Kansas
The Currency of His Light
Steven Pedersen: East Central University
XVI. 2:15 -3:35 Regents Room
Woodstok Farley: Tarleton State
The Glass Factory Menagerie
Lyman Grant: Harrisonburg, Virginia
Symptom and Desire
Bill Hagen: Shawnee, Oklahoma
Others and Upsets
XVII. 7:00 – 8:30 pm Estep Auditorium
Featuring: Allison Amend
Recognition of Undergraduate Writers
(Reception for Authors, Guests & Students:
Ross-Osborn Family Foundation Event Center)
Saturday, April 8
XVIII. 9:00 – 10:10 Estep Auditorium
Wendy Dunmeyer: Lawton, Oklahoma
My Grandmother’s Last Letter
Markham Johnson: Tulsa, Oklahoma
Summer's Discordant Joy
John Yozzo – Tulsa, Oklahoma
Emanations of Angels: Dreams That Never Say Enough
XIX. 9:00 – 10:10 Regents Room
Brady Peterson: Belton, Texas
Selected Love Letters
Rilla Askew: University of Oklahoma
Two of Her
Robert Wynne: Burleson, Texas
XX. 10:25 -11:35 Estep Auditorium
Alan Berecka: Sinton, Texas
Chloe Lafevers: Tishomingo, Oklahoma
Peak, and other poems
Aaron Glover: Dallas, Texas
Caftan Season & Other Considerations
XXI. 10:25 -11:35 Regents Room
Nathan Brown: Wimberly, Texas
Saved by the Fire: Pandemic Poems Project
Ky George: Gallup, New Mexico
Oil and Water
Zhenya Yevtushenko: Tulsa, Oklahoma
A Country Yet to Be
XXII. 12:00 – 1:00 pm Estep Auditorium
Grand Finale, Featuring:
Awarding the Dr. Darryl Fisher
State High School Contest Winners