Writing Contests and Events

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Literature Week 
DVC literary contest
O'Keefe Prize
Puente speakers

Literature Week 

Celebrate the written word by participating in Literature Week. Hear readings from published authors, faculty, and students. Literature Week happens twice a year, during the fall and spring semesters. Spring Literature Week also includes a creative writing contest. Join us April 24-26, 2018 on the Pleasant Hill campus. All events are free and take place in the Diablo Room.

Spring 2018 Literature Week schedule:

  • April 24: DVC Literary contest winners student reading
  • April 25: DVC English faculty reading
  • April 26: Author - Vu Tran

Student readings from contest winners. Come celebrate these talented students!

April 24, 2018, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Creative Nonfiction

  1. "Call me Prologue,” by Ariadne Wolf
  2. "An American in Paris,” by Sophia Menesini
  3. “Aspiration" by Isaiah Pearson


  1. “Musings from a Mixed-Media Multifaceted Mestiza, Mulatta, Mythological Mutt; An Epiphany Borne from a One Night Stand” by Taylor Cross
  2. “Adam and Eve” by Allison Jones
  3. “Man Words Change” by Monte Fisher


  1. “Sleeping&waking&sleeping&waking.” by Allison Jones
  2. “COLORS” by Miranda Jacobson
  3. “Leaving” by Ariadne Wolf

English faculty reading

April 25, 2018, 11a.m.-12:30p.m.

1. James Wilson - Play

2. Susan Browne - Poetry

3. Danielle DeFoe - Creative Nonfiction

4. Alan Haslam - Poetry

5. Lisa Orta - Creative Nonfiction

Hear from author Vu Tran

April 26, 2018, 12:30p.m.-2pm

Vu Tran will read from his debut novel Dragonfish.

Best practices

April 26, 2018, 2pm-3:30p.m. Room: FO 234

Meet and talk with author Vu Tran.

Past winners of the Literature Week creative writing contest:

DVC literary contest

The DVC literary contest is held annually and consists of three categories: fiction, creative nonfiction and poetry. Contact one of our faculty and staff members for more information on guidelines. You can submit your writing from February 10 - March 16, 2018.

O’Keefe Prize

The O’Keefe Prize is a comic contest that is held annually. This is a unique contest as there are many opportunities to meet with faculty and students to learn comic techniques and printing.

Meetings are usually held at the end of the fall semester for this contest, with submissions accepted the end of January. Contact one of our faculty and staff members for more information.

The O’Keefe Prize is offered in memory of our beloved English colleague James O’Keefe who dribbled soccer balls and raised hell among us for far too short a time. James created and taught English 176 -- The Graphic Novel as Literature.

See some great submissions from our past winners.

Puente speakers

Many times throughout the year, DVC hosts Latino speakers who present on a wide variety of topics concerning the Latino community and beyond. Take a look at the Puente Project's page to learn more about Puente and its upcoming speakers.

Related links

Contact English

ESL Coordinator: Dorian Eidhin

Telephone: 925-969-2621

Email: deidhin@dvc.edu

Office location: LC-114 campus map

ESL Coordinator: Kelvyn Moran

Telephone: 925-969-2619

Email: kmoran@dvc.edu

Office location: LC-112 campus map

Contact: Charles Shackett

Telephone: 925-551-6217

Email: cshackett@dvc.edu 

Office location: W-117 campus map