Districtwide Student Literacy Competition

SDCCD Participation in the League for Innovation in the
Community College’s National Student Literary Competition

SDCCD Faculty Coordinator for Districtwide Literary Competition and submission to National Competition:
Christy Ball, City College (2017-2019)

SDCCD Faculty College Representatives:
Carmen Jay, Miramar College
Jennifer Derilo, Mesa College

Contact Christy Ball to learn more about SDCCD student and college participation: cball@sdccd.edu


2018 Districtwide Student Literary Competition

Districtwide Student Literary Competition Awardees:

  1. James Hipp, Fiction, San Diego Mesa Collge
  2. Jeevan Kracht, Poetry, San Diego City College
  3. Wilson Saiki Jr., One Act Play, San Diego City College
  4. Brandon Vu, Personal Essay, San Diego Miramar College

2018 Student Literary Competition Jurors

  1. Personal Essay – Camille Forbes, Author and faculty member at UC San Diego
  2. One Act Play – Thelma de Castro, Community Projects Coordinator, Playwrights Project and founder of San Diego Playwrights
  3. Poetry – Mercedez Holtry, slam poet, writer, mentor, and Chicana feminist
  4. Fiction – Mel Freilicher, Author and faculty member at UC San Diego

2018 Event Honoring Student Awardees


League for Innovation in the Community Colleges’
National Student Literary Competition 2017-2018

Host College: The 2017-2018 National Competition is being hosted by Central Piedmont Community College, NC

General Eligibility:

  • Contestants must be 2017-2018 students enrolled for credit courses in a League for Innovation in the Community College institution
  • Local coordinators must verify academic enrollment
  • Entries must be original works written during enrollment in credit courses at the institution
  • Each entry must have a print or electronic signature of a sponsoring faculty member

Entry Requirements: Each entry must include the following:

  • Author's (student's name)
  • Address
  • Phone number
  • Institution name 
  • Title of entry
  • Page number

Maximum Length Requirements:

  • Essay:  Must not exceed 2,500 words
  • Fiction:  Must not exceed 3,500 words
  • One Act Play:  Must not exceed 3,500 words, including stage direction and/or production notes
  • Poetry:  Must not exceed 67 lines