Fall Contests Seek Student Talent

By Devon Martinez, Staff Writer

Fall is not complete without a writing and visual arts contests to showcase student talent at PPCC.

This year the contests are sponsored by our student-run Literary and Arts Journal Parley, and the city-wide reading initiative headed by the Pikes Peak Library District, All Pikes Peak Reads (APPR).Both contests have different themes each year, but are both art and prose based.

The theme of this year’s Parley contest is, “Outside Looking In-Works Inspired by the Unknown,” and the prizes are a shiny 50 dollar bill, and publication in the 2019 edition of Parley.

For the APPR contest, people are encouraged to write or create visual art which, “considers The American Dream as its Topic,” Sarah McMahon, faculty coordinator of both events, said.

The book they’ve chosen this year is The Newcomers, which is written by Helen Thorpe, a Denver journalist. She visited PPCC last week to engage students in a discussion about her book.

APPR is a Colorado Springs program that works to engage the community with a different book every fall. PPCC, as in years past, is working with community partners and PPLD to showcase Thorpe’s book and provide special related events to readers.

Parley, the student literary journal, publishes once a year through the PPCC’s JOU 215 course in Spring.

The students select what is published, and they work with Multimedia Graphic Design (MGD) 178 to create the book.

McMahon, an Associate Professor of English, is the Parley Publisher at PPCC, and she is organizing these contests.

She explained, “We will choose a first-place winner in prose, poetry, and visual art. The deadline is October 31, and winners will receive some cash money and automatic publication in the 2019 edition.”

According to McMahon, “Winners will receive some juicy prizes from Student Life and the Learning Commons. And winners will be featured at the Multicultural Awareness Conference in the spring as well as be automatically published in the 2019 edition of Parley.”

McMahon expects a challenge in finding a winner.

“Of course it’s difficult to choose a winner. We really do have a creative student body. Every contest is peppered with judges from different areas to help make the decision,” she said.

The deadline for submission for the APPR is November 15th. Submit to APPR@ppcc.edu.

The deadline for submission for the Parley contest is October 31st. Submit to parley@ppcc.edu.

For more information contact Sarah McMahon at sarah.mcmahon@ppcc.edu

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