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Napa Valley College Jessamyn West Writing Contest



The English Department of Napa Valley College invites unpublished works of short fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, and multilingual writing for the 2024 Jessamyn West Creative Writing Contest. The contest is open to any Napa Valley College student enrolled on a full or part-time basis during the last twelve months.

All winners will be invited to read from their winning submissions at the Jessamyn West Awards Ceremony on Monday, May 13, 2024 at 5:30 pm at Napa Valley College.

A first prize of $150 and a second prize of $100 will be awarded in each category.

In addition, winners receive free entry to the public craft lectures and readings presented at the 2024 Napa Valley Writers’ Conference.

The deadline for receipt of entries is FRIDAY, APRIL 19, 2024 at 11:59 pm.

Entries will be screened by the English Department with final judging done by professional writers.

Click on the flyer below to get to the online entry form and submission guidelines. You will need to sign in using your NVC student email address to fill in the form.

Direct any questions to Andrea Bewick ( and Iris Dunkle (


2023 Jessamyn West Award Winners:

Fiction: Lucy Corin, Fiction Judge
1st place            Alice O’Neill    “Café Von Kleef”
2nd place          Christina Martinez      “The Worst Little Widow Ever”
Honorable Mention    Elizabeth Roth “Dregs of Decadence”

Poetry: Elizabeth Herron, Poetry Judge
1st place          Joshua Guerrero         “In Pursuit of Shadows Lost”
2nd place        Lena Randall   “Five More Minutes”
Honorable Mention    Kenya  Williams          “Irony”

Creative Nonfiction: Pam Houston, Creative Nonfiction Judge
1st place          Yiellsee Chavez           “Again and Again”
2nd place        Geoffrey Weber          “Onyx and Sterling”

Multilingual Writing: Iris Dunkle, Multilingual Writing Judge
1st place          Amanda Fuentes       “Sábado”
2nd place        Karolina Weiss            “Řeka Myšlenek