Must be a Maine resident and  enrolled as a junior in the Fall of 2013 at a public or private high school in Maine. 

If home schooled, must be a Maine resident and be at least 16 years of age at time of submission and can not turn 17 years of age before December 31, 2013.


Entries will be accepted from December 16, 2013 through January 24, 2014.


A completed Entry Form must be submitted electronically in Microsoft Word format and sent as an attachment to writing@mccs.me.edu.  Incomplete entry forms and entries received by mail or fax will not be accepted. 

Entrants may submit an original poem, essay or short story (fiction or creative non-fiction).  Entries must not exceed 1,500 words in length, use 12 point font and be single spaced.

Only one submission per entrant is allowed.  The submitted piece must represent the original thoughts, research and writing of the author and not be the work product in whole or in part of another individual.

Entrants will receive electronic confirmation that their materials arrived; however, because of the volume of submissions, only those selected as finalists will be informed of the contest outcome.  Please Note:  Review of entries is not intended to provide critical feedback.  All decisions of the review panel and judges are final.



What does a "Superior Entry" look like?

Superior writing is creativeEngages the reader and captures his/her attention; emotionally compelling; contains original thought and ideas; a sense of personal authenticity.

Superior writing entertains and instructs:  Serves to help reader achieve insight or enhanced understanding; contains layers of meaning; avoids didactic lessons or heavy-handed moralizing.

Superior writing uses literary techniques effectivelyLanguage is fresh, vivid, interesting, and free of clichés; specific details to develop images of people, places, time periods, ideas; writing "shows" rather than "tells".

Superior writing is well-organized:  Writing achieves a sense of coherence; organization may be conventional or unconventional, but is always easy for the reader to follow; achieves a sense of unity or completeness.

Superior writing utilizes mechanics of Standard Written English:  Correct usage in grammar, punctuation, spelling, and sentence structure.


Any award that totals over $600 will be subject to an IRS 1099 form.  The recipient must provide a valid social security number.  All taxes for any award that is subject to IRS taxation will be the responsibility of the recipient.

Publication and public recognition are central to the purpose and role of the Journey into Writing contest, thus all submissions are deemed to grant consent to such publication and to participation in such public recognition.








































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   Phone: 207-629-4000

   Project Coordinator: Ellyn Chase


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