The winners of the 24th Annual Writing Contest at the Manassas Campus of Northern Virginia Community College were honored at a ceremony that featured poet Laura Scott. The winners are (from left) Susan McNeil, Gabrielle McCormack, Morgan Skaggs, Bryan Bell, Tanya Kettler Burke and Shane Music.
The Manassas Campus of Northern Virginia Community College recently honored the winners of the 24th Annual Writing Contest with a ceremony featuring Laura Scott, poet and author of “Death Wishing.” Scott read from her book and encouraged the audience to “never pass up an opportunity to show off” because you never know where it might lead.
English instructor Lorraine Goldberg introduced the winners and presented them with certificates and cash prizes. First place winners received $75 and the second place winner received $50.
Bryan Bell of Manassas was a double winner with first place in poetry for “Coyote Under an Azure Sky” and honorable mention in nonfiction for “An Appalachian Frat Boy Goes Home.”
Shane Music of Haymarket was the first place winner in nonfiction for “-XX.”
Susan McNeil of Gainesville earned first place for her academic essay called “Off the Hook.”
Tanya Kettler Burke of Manassas received first place for a one-act play titled “Girls Night Out.”
In the short fiction category, first place went to Gabrielle McCormack of Centreville for “Show Me Your Smile Please” and Morgan Skaggs of Oakton took second place for “Sang Noir.”
This year’s awards were sponsored by the Society for Fine Arts. To learn more, contact Goldberg at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Northern Virginia Community College is the largest institution of higher education in the Commonwealth of Virginia and one of America's largest community colleges. NOVA enrolls more than 75,000 students at its six campuses in Alexandria, Annandale, Loudoun, Manassas, Springfield and Woodbridge, and through the Extended Learning Institute. For more information about NOVA and its programs or services, call 703-323-3000 or visit the College's Web site, www.nvcc.edu.