Thursday, April 2, 2015

Scissortail 2015: It's On!

As of 9:30 this morning, the Tenth Annual the Scissortail Creative Writing Festival is under way. If you are attending the Festival and have heard something you like, please leave a comment here so that the authors and everyone else can know what you think. Just click on the comment button below to leave a comment and read the comments left by others. And if you're not attending the Festival, come on over!

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Scissortail Creative Writing Festival Undergraduate Creative Writing Contest

Prizes: 1st - $100 2nd - $75 3rd - $50
(plus a few Honorable Mentions)

· Contest is open only to currently enrolled undergraduate students who attend the festival on Friday April 1, 2016 (no graduate level).
· To be eligible, undergraduates MUST be in attendance at the Festival, Friday April 1 (no fooling J please do not submit if you cannot attend the festival).
· Submissions must be confirmed by a sponsoring faculty member.
· 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) Faculty Member’s Name 3) Institution 4) Classification 5) Phone number, Email address.
· Submit work by email to Dr. Ken Hada at (and please copy submission to In the subject line of your email submission, type “Scissortail Undergraduate Contest.”

Judge:  Dr. Paul Bowers, from Northern Oklahoma College will serve as the final judge for the contest. Professor Bowers is a nationally-recognized author with publications in Southwestern American Literature, Mid-American Review, and Indiana Review, among others, and critical essays on James Joyce, William Carlos Williams, and the contemporary Irish poet, John Montague. Honors for his fiction include a Pushcart Prize nomination and the Herman M. Swafford Award for Fiction. His collection of short stories, Like Men, Made Various, was published by Lost Horse Press in March 2006. His most recent publications include poetry in ’Ain’t Nobody That Can Sing Like Me’, an anthology featuring Oklahoma writers, as well as in the literary journals Sugar Mule, The Adirondack Review, and Poetry Quarterly, among others.

DEADLINE: Email entries must be received by 11:59 p.m. on February 1, 2016. There will be no exceptions. Awards will be presented Friday April 1 as part of the Scissortail Creative Writing Festival held at East Central University (March 31 – April 2, 2016). Please visit (and subscribe via email) to receive festival updates. Contact: Ken Hada, (580) 559-5557.