Poetry contest

SCCC Announces Tri-State Area Poetry Contest Winners

SCCC Announces Tri-State Area Poetry Contest Winners

Live reading scheduled for April 15 on campus

LIBERAL, Kan. – The winners of the 2020 Seward County Community College Annual Poetry Contest were announced on April 1, 2020. Over 35 entries were received from an area that encompasses Campo, Colorado, to Garden City, Kansas, to Beaver, Oklahoma.

“Many of these poems come to life through the spark of a student’s mind and heart that a middle school or high school teacher encourages,” said SCCC English teacher Lori Muntz. “Such relationships are important for nurturing creativity, and it’s a joy to share winning poems in all categories with a wide audience.”

The winners of this year’s competition are:

Best Poem by SCCC Student (two winners):

“Life and Death”, by Madelyn Garrison, Beaver, Okla.

“You Take My Breath Away” by Dulce Perez, Liberal

Open category:

1st Location, “Wild Thyme”, by Teresa Wehmeier, Hooker, Okla.

2n/a Lieu, “Sonnet: My Love Is Like the Sea So Furious”, by Megan Sims,


3rd Place, “Dreams,” by Shandon Classen, Liberal

Honorable Mention, “Thanking the Names,” by Norma Sanchez, Plains

Junior and senior high school category:

1st Lieu, “Distracted”, Joshua Knudsen, liberal

2n/a Location, “Birthday”, Abbigail Purcell, Satanta

3rd Rise, “Bloody Black Rose”, Jessica Holloway, Johnson

Honorable Mention, “Dreams,” Diana Arana, Liberal

Young Poets Category:

1st Location, “Drowning”, Lindsey Perez Liberal

2n/a Location, “Dream World”, Carolina Pantoja, Walsh, Colo.

3rd Location, ‘Unheard of’, Cianna Rogers, Tyrone, Ok so.

Honorable Mention, “Demons”, Calyssa Seger, Johnson

Donations for the prize packs were made by the SCCC Foundation, SCCC Bookstore, SCCC English Department, SCCC Marketing and Bill McGlothing & Janice Northerns.

The winning poems can be read online at https://sccc.edu/web/academic/academic-divisions/humanities-and-social-sciences/english/publications. Also on On Thursday, April 15, at 7 p.m., there will be a celebration of creative writing where poetry contest winners and contributors to Telolith 2021 read their writings. Telolith is the SCCC’s award-winning annual literary arts magazine. A limited audience will be able to attend in the SCCC Humanities building; tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis by contacting Terri Barnes at [email protected]. COVID-19 protocols will be followed as posted on campus. The event will also be streamed live on the SCCC’s Humanities Facebook page.

“The English Department congratulates all of the winners and invites anyone interested to enter our next poetry contest, which will take place in a few months – during the fall semester of 2021,” Muntz explained. “If you are a current or former SCCC student, please check out Scribblers, which is a creative writing club just started in College.”

Watch SCCC social media or contact Dr. Muntz at [email protected] for more information on creative writing courses and opportunities such as the SCCC Poetry Contest and Scribblers.