Writers in the Community (WITC)

Writers in the Community


Creative Writing Contest Just for Spokane High School Students

Supported by Writers in the Community of EWU and Spokane Arts

Writers in the Community of EWU along with Spokane Arts is welcoming students attending a high school in Spokane to participate in a creative writing contest. First Place prize is $300, two Second Place prize winners will each receive $100 and each Honorable Mention will receive a WITC T-shirt. All entrants will receive personalized feedback on their submission. The top three winners will be published in InRoads, an anthology of work completed by participants in the WITC program. Winners will also have the chance to read their submission at the InRoads Release party in June.

Deadline to Submit:  March 20, 2020

Creative Writing Genres Accepted: Fiction and nonfiction

Word Count: 1,500 words or less

Maximum Number of Entries for Each Student: 1

Entry Fee: none

Instructions to Submit to the Creative Writing Contest

 NOTE: Read all instructions before beginning to submit your story

Step 1:  Save a story that has 1,500 words or fewer. 

Make sure you have your title, name, grade, school and English teacher’s name at the top of your story. Be sure you have access to the story from the computer where you will submit.

Step 2: Go to writersinthecommunity.submittable.com/submit

Step 3: Click submit on the first introductory screen

Step 4: If at any point, the computer asks you to sign into your account, sign in using ONE of these possible student accounts. (If more than one student is submitting at a time, each of you should use a different student account). Each account can be used multiple times by different students.

 If asked, enter one of these account usernames:

spokaneone.contest@gmail.com                                                                                                                          spokanetwo.contest@gmail.com                                                                                                                          spokanethree.contest@gmail.com                                                                                                                spokanefour.contest@gmail.com                                                                                                                spokanefive.contest@gmail.com                                                                                                                          spokanesix.contest@gmail.com

Password for all six student accounts: highschool!

Step 5: Fill in all information on the form (title of story, file upload, etc)

NOTE: If the form already has another student’s story already entered in, simply type over their information with your information.  For the second item, you will have to “remove” their file and “upload” your file with your story. Don’t worry, the other student’s information is already saved.

Step 6:  HIT SUBMIT at bottom of form

NOTE: It is very important to hit submit or your entry will not be saved.

Step 7:  A screen should pop-up with word SUCCESS

NOTE: If it doesn’t say success, use a different student account and try again.

If that doesn’t work, email questions to witc@ewu.edu

About WITC

Writers in the Community (WITC) is a not-for-profit internship project that sends MFA students to volunteer as creative writing teachers in placements as varied as hospitals, correctional facilities, halfway houses, community non-profits, as well as public, private, or alternative schools, and other locations throughout the Spokane area.

WITC offers MFA candidates an invaluable opportunity to gain non-profit, community service, and instruction experience outside of the university environment. The internship prides itself on bringing art and creative writing to underserved or underrepresented communities. It thus allows MFA candidates to exercise that desire to act as global citizens and influencers of society which often goes hand-in-hand with being a writer.

WITC also publishes InRoads, an annual anthology of work collected throughout the year from all its placements, celebrating its students’ writing and creativity. WITC employs one Student Director (a second year MFA candidate who receives a Graduate Service Appointment including tuition remission and a stipend) along with an InRoads Managing Editor (a first year candidate working for internship credit) who often moves into the Student Director position the following year.

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The 2019 WITC anthology showcased the writing of forty-five students from WITC placements, and also featured cover and interior art from interns and students in the WITC program. Current and past issues of InRoads can be purchased for $8, to help fund new placement development for the program. Please contact WITC at witc@ewu.edu to inquire.

A Message from 2018-19 Student Director, Clare Wilson

“Writers in the Community has many lessons for its participants—perhaps not surprising, given that its goal is to offer creative writing instruction throughout the Spokane area. During my tenure as WITC student director, I have learned, however, that the greatest lesson is not for the students, but rather for the intern instructors, and perhaps most of all, for the student director. My communication with organizations and students throughout the community taught me that the desire and talent for creative writing are latent everywhere. No matter what the organization, school, age, or demographic, future creative writers are there, ready and waiting to awaken the skill they need to enter the spotlight and express themselves.

As someone who was also once a would-be writer, practicing with bad fantasy scribbled secretly during French class, I feel a strong connection to the hidden artists and writers of Spokane, whether they be inmates, hospital patients, high school students, veterans, immigrants, etc. It has been my great honor to have taken part in WITC’s mission of helping them find a voice or amplifying the one they already have. This is the sort of quiet empowerment that benefits people throughout their whole lives: a confidence that they possess the necessary knowledge and skill to write and create and tell stories which improve their lives and the community around them.”