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League for Innovation in the Community College Student Literary Competition

The League for Innovation invites each board college or district in the League to participate in the Student Literary Competition and submit one entry in each of the following categories: Poetry, Personal Essay, One-Act Play, Short Story

Previous MVC Winners (Click here to view) 

Deadline for Local (Mountain View College) Competition: March 25, 2019, at 12 p.m. (CST)

General Eligibility:

  1. Contestant must be a student enrolled for credit in Mountain View College during the present academic year.
  2. Entries must be original works written during the student's enrollment in credit courses at Mountain View College.
  3. Academic enrollment will be verified by the local coordinator, Professor Darius Frasure.

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Click here for the contest poster/flyer.


  1. Local:

All winners of the competition will be announced by the beginning of April.  First place winners will be published in the Mountain View College Literary Journal, The Lion's Roar.

  1. District:

All winners of the competition will be announced by the end of April. Prizes for the District-level Competition will be distributed in each category for first, second, and third place winners.

  1. National:

All winners of the competition will be announced in June. All winning entries will be published in a League for Innovation student literary publication. By entering the competition, students grant the League permission to reproduce their submission in print and digital forms. Prize money for winners of the national contest will be distributed in each category as follows:

First Prize $500
Second Prize $200
Third Prize $100

*Certificates of merit are awarded for all student work submitted to the national competition.


By entering the competition, students grant Mountain View College, the Dallas County Community College District, and the League for Innovation permission to reproduce their submissions in print and digital forms.

Entry Requirements

A cover page for each entry must include:

  • Author's name
  • Home address and phone number
  • School/Institution
  • Title of entry
  • Author's ID# (school initials [acronym] AND genre, e.g. 9382832 MVC-Fiction)
  • Page count

Maximum Length Requirements

  • A personal essay must not exceed 2,500 words.
  • A poem must not exceed 67 lines.
  • Fiction must not exceed 3,500 words.
  • One-act play must not exceed 3,500 words.

Each entry must be submitted in Microsoft Word format (.docx or .doc) - emailed to

*If you need disability accommodations in order to participate in this event, please contact the Disability Services Office,; 214 860-8677, at least one week in advance.


  1. Local: In each category, the judge is MVC faculty and/or a published author.
  2. District: First place entries will be submitted to the DCCCD competition, hosted by Cedar Valley College. Judges for each entry are the local coordinators for each sister college in the DCCCD.
  1. National: First place DCCCD entries will be submitted to the national competition host college, Kirkwood Community College.  

*The decisions of the judges at each level are final.

Mountain View College, Dallas County Community College District, and The League for Innovation assume no responsibility for lost, misguided, misdirected, or stolen entries.

All physical entries become the property of the League without infringement on the copyright of entrants.

Competition coordinators screen each entry for proper submission procedures and reject entries that do not meet general eligibility or specific entry requirements.