Tuesday, January 10, 2017

The 13th 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 6-8, 2017

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

* 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 February 3, 2017. Email entries must be sent by 11:59 p.m. on February 3, 2017. There will be no exceptions.

Winners will be notified in early March, and awards will be presented Saturday, April 8 at the Scissortail Writing Festival held on the East Central University campus, April 6-8, 2017. A list of winners and winning entries may be posted online at on this website, which also includes other festival and contest history and information.  Previous award-winning Fisher contest entries are also available on this site.       

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)


  1. A list of winners and winning entries may be posted online at on this website, which also includes other festival and contest history and information.


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