Paradise Review Creative Writing Contest | Call For Entries


The submission period for the 2017-2018 Paradise Review Writing Contest is now open. Information on submitting is included below. We look forward to reading your work!

General Guidelines:


Short Story, Poetry, Non-Fiction, and Essay

The "Essay" category is open to any paper written for a non-creative writing class. Research papers are welcome in APA, MLA, or other appropriate, assigned style. 


Short Story -- October 29
Poetry -- October 29
Non-Fiction -- October 29
Essay -- November 30


1st Place -- $100

2nd Place -- $50

3rd Place -- $25

Winning entries will be published in Paradise Review, which will be published in the spring 2018 semester. All entries not published in Paradise Reviewwill be considered for publication in PVCC's online literary journal, Dry Heat, which will also be published in spring 2018. 


Currently enrolled PVCC students (2017-2018 academic year) are eligible for entry.


Self-enroll in the Paradise Review Writing Contest Canvas "course." Follow the instructions on the home page to submit your entries. Multiple entries are allowed. Please be sure to provide contact information (email and phone number) in the "Comments" box on your upload. The link for the self-enrollment page is provided below. You will need your MEID and password to enter the contest. 


Please be sure to review additional guidelines on the Paradise Review Writing Contest Home Page.

The Paradise Review is PVCC's annual student literary anthology which showcases excellent creative writing by PVCC students. The perfect bound journal contains poems, short stories, creative nonfiction essays  as well as a "best journalism" piece. Written contents of the Paradise Review are selected during the fall Student Creative Writing Competition by professional judges and published in the spring. In addition to publication, students who enter the contest may be awarded prize monies for each first, second, third and honorable mention category in each category. Judges may select "Writing of Merit" pieces that may be published in the Paradise Review but do not have a cash award value.  The Paradise Review has a press run of between 500-1000 copies and is distributed for free throughout the campus and to the larger community as well as being archived in the PVCC library.