Districtwide Student Literary Competition

SDCCD Faculty Coordinator for Districtwide Literary Competition and submission to National Competition:
Christy Ball, City College (2019-2021)

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


2019-2020 Districtwide Student Literary Competition

The Districtwide Student Literary Competition took place in Spring 2020. 

Click here to download and listen to the winning submissions and to learn more about our incredible writers and exciting judges.

Student Awardees:

  1. Drama:  "Three Thief River" by Troy Bernardo, San Diego Mesa College
  2. Personal Essay:  "West" by Christian Gabriel, San Diego City College
  3. Poetry:  "Misconstrued Realities" by Ruwayda Abdi, San Diego City College
  4. Fiction:  "Memory" by Ann Kim, San Diego Mesa College


  1. Drama - Mabelle Reynoso
  2. Personal Essay - Faith Adiele
  3. Poetry - Janice Lobo Sapigao
  4. Fiction - Julia Dixon Evans


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