Creative Writing Contests College students

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From left, Alyssa Froehling and Alexandria Petrassi.

Augustana students Alexandria Petrassi and Alyssa Froehling won awards for their creative writing entries in the 2014 Suffolk County Community College's (SCCC) Creative Writing Festival. Petrassi won first prizes in both creative nonfiction and poetry, and Froehling won third place in poetry.

The SCCC Creative Writing Awards for College Writers features winners from colleges and universities all over the country-including the University of Iowa, among other major writing programs. Writers could submit pieces from five different genres. Both Petrassi and Froehling will receive a small cash honorarium, in addition to publication in the online literary journal, The Seldom Review.

Petrassi's creative nonfiction piece, "Waters I Have Touched, " looks at the characteristics and impressions she noticed from each body of water she describes, but also explores the timelessness of water and the human need for it. Her other winning piece, "Afterwit, " is a poem about the frustration of having something to say to someone who is no longer there to hear it.

Petrassi, a senior English and creative writing major from Mokena, Ill., plans to enroll in the University of Chicago's Professional Editing Certificate program after graduation and hopes to someday work for a literary magazine or teach creative writing at the college level.

"Without the guidance of the talented and devoted professors, I would have probably remained a dabbler in creative writing, " said Petrassi. "They helped me learn how to better myself through determination, revision and expanding my horizons."

Froehling, a first-year student from Palatine, Ill., has been writing and sharing her work with others since the first grade. Froehling's poem "I know a place" combines memories of a place she loved when she was younger with the traits of a person she cared deeply about.

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Q&A

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Are there any lyric writing contests with cash prizes?

Song of the Year is currently accepting songwriting entries into the song and lyric writing contest. The winners and finalists from each category will have their material sent to record labels and publishers. The winners will also receive over $125,000 of cash and prizes. The website is

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What are a couple of good websites that give away cash prizes for writing contests

LuLu.com, this used to be poetry.com. This site is not just for poets or poetry, there are contest for short fiction, prose, childrens stories and science fiction.