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2016 NCWF Events & Winners of Writer's Contest Announced

A public reception and writers contest reading will be held Thursday, October 27, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. in the Fireside Commons of the John W. Deans Collaborative Learning Center (Building 15) at Jefferson Community College (JCC) to recognize the winners of the 2016 North Country Writers Contest. In August, the JCC English department sought entries for short fiction, essay/nonfiction and poetry. 

The 2016 North Country Writers Contest winners are:

Short Fiction Winner:
Chris L. Brock, of Watertown, “The Foreign Element"

Essay/Nonfiction Winner:   
Michael L. Keck, of Black River, “Driving Forty” 

Poetry Winner: 
Diane V. Rogers, of Cape Vincent, "I Am From the North Country"

Michael L. Keck, of Black River, received honorable mention for his short fiction entry, “Mary Louise Parker & Snowmen” and poem entry, "If You Understand Anything.”  Amy T. Feiereisel, of Canton, received honorable mention for her essay, "Soaking in a Thunderstorm." Winning writers were awarded $100 while those receiving honorable mention were awarded $25. Both winning and honorable mention submissions will be published online in October.  All four contestants are invited to read their winning entry at the Writers Contest Reading and reception.

The Writers Contest Reading and reception are part of a week-long Writers Festival at JCC beginning Monday, October 24 through Friday, October 28, 2016. The public is invited to participate in the following Writers Festival events:

Monday, October 24
(National Novel Writing Month) Kick-off
12:20 p.m. / Fireside Commons, Deans Collaborative Learning Center (Building 15)

Tuesday, October 25      
Campus Writers Read  

Featuring faculty Paul Adkins, Joshua Dickinson, Laurie Peterson and CJ Southworth  
12:30 p.m. / Room 6-002, Jules Center (Building 6)

Wednesday, October 26    
Poet Kane Smego   
12:30 p.m. / Sturtz Theater    

Thursday, October 27     
Author Reading
Featuring Lena Bertone (flash fiction) and Georgia Popoff (poetry)
12:30 p.m. / Room 6-002, Jules Center (Building 6)

Writers Contest Coffeehouse Reading
7:00 p.m. / Fireside Commons, Deans Collaborative Learning Center (Building 15)

Friday, October 28       
Brown Bag Poetry  
Theme: at the cusp
12:20 p.m. / Room 6-118, Jules Center (Building 6)

For more information about the writers contest reading and festival events, contact the JCC English department at 315-786-2328.

The North Country Writers Contest is sponsored by the Jefferson Community College English Department, Faculty Student Association and Social Cultural Committee.