Sunday, September 8, 2019

16th Annual R. Darryl Fisher Creative Writing Contest

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

Prizes awarded at the Scissortail Creative Writing Festival, April 2-4, 2020 
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
* 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, January 31, 2020. Email entries must be sent by 11:59 p.m. on January 31, 2020. There will be no exceptions. Winners will be notified in early March, and awards will be presented Saturday, April 4 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  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 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 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)