Districtwide Student Literacy 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


2018-2019 Districtwide Student Literary Competition

The Districtwide Student Literary Competition took place in Spring 2019.

Student Awardees:

  1. Trevor Dotzler, San Diego Miramar College
  2. Devin McKenna, San Diego City College
  3. Alauna "Rocket" Ricketson, San Diego Mesa College
  4. Arina Stadnyk, San Diego City College


  1. Personal Essay – Justin Hudnall, writer, mentor, and Executive Director of So Say We All
  2. One Act Play – Thelma de Castro, Community Projects Coordinator, Playwrights Project and founder of San Diego Playwrights
  3. Poetry – Jason Magabo Perez, poet, writer, and assistant professor of English at UC San Bernardino
  4. Fiction – Lily Hoang, author of five books and professional in the MFA program at UC San Diego


League for Innovation in the Community Colleges’
National Student Literary Competition general details

General Eligibility:

  • Contestants must be 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