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 competition will take place spring 2019. Awardees will participate in National Competition. Contact Christy Ball to learn more about SDCCD student and college participation: cball@sdccd.edu 



Student 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


  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

Spring 2018 Event Honoring Student Awardees


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