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 for Spring 2019 Literature Week April 23-25, 2019 on the Pleasant Hill campus. All events are free and take place in the Diablo Room.

Spring 2019 Literature Week schedule:

  • April 23: DVC Literary Contest Winners
  • April 24: DVC English faculty reading
  • April 25: Featured Reader - Dominica Phetteplace

 Student Readers - April 23, 2019 11:10 a.m. -  12:35p.m.  Location: BFL-CCC

  • Fiction/Short Play 

    1st Place: "Newborn Fawns" by Nikolas Andrieu 

    2nd Place: "Loss of Milk" by Uchenna Esomonu 

    3rd Place: "Eight Block Down" by Ethan Anderson 

  •  Creative Non-Fiction

    1st Place: "All Words Matter: The Manipulation behind 'All Lives Matter' " by Kelly Coryell 

    2nd Place: "This is a True Story" by Katie Nunn 

    3rd Place: "What to Expect When You're Expecting" by Teresa Gaines 

  •  Poetry

    1st Place: “What I haven’t yet said” and “my neighbor’s peach tree, which hangs over my fence” by Nikolas Andrieu

    2nd Place: “Sweet Transgender Jesus” and “When Roger Wore Heels” by Monte Fisher

    3rd Place: “How Wounds Heal” by Brianna Mungo

DVC faculty and staff reading, April 24, 2019, 11:10 a.m - 12:35 p.m., Location: BFL-CCC 

  • Adam Bessie
  •  Laury Fischer
  •  Katie Ziegler
  •  Sophia Kraemer-Dahlin
  •  Ray Clapper

Featured Reader , April 25, 2019, 12:35 p.m. - 2:10 p.m.  Location: H-109

Dominica Phetteplace ( http://www.dominicaphetteplace.com/ ) will read form her award-winning Sci-Fi works.   

Best practices

April 25, 2019, 2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Room: FO 234

Meet and talk with author Dominica Phetteplace. 


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.


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 term 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: Rayshell Clapper

Telephone: 925-969-2621

Email: rclapper@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

English Department Chair: Alan Haslam

Telephone: 925-969-22404

Email: ahaslam@dvc.edu

Office location: FO-109

Contact: Charles Shackett

Telephone: 925-551-6217

Email: cshackett@dvc.edu 

Office location: W-117 campus map