Creative Writing Contest Winners Announced

The Muskegon Writer’s Series and MCC’s Department of English & Communications are proud to announce the Winter 2021 winners of the Creative Writing Contest. The awards are granted to students whose work demonstrates “individuality, imagination, and control of formal elements,” said MCC English Instructor Shauna Hayes, who also advises the contest. “It is a joy every semester to read through all of the Creative Writing Contest submissions.  Our students never cease to amaze us with their creativity, depth of thought, and societal awareness.  Choosing the top three pieces in each category is extremely challenging with so much talent presented.”


1st place – “I Stole the Lighter” by Keegan Colcleasure

2nd place – “Ceramic, Painted to Look Like Wood” by Serena Schultz

3rd place – “Summer’s Dream” by Lance Klemple


1st place – “The Appointment” by Taylor Strand

2nd place –“Prey” by Keegan Colcleasure

3rd place – “The Perspective” by James Switzer-Moe


1st place – “Lowell, AZ” by Cassie Pierce

2nd place – “Old Red” by Rhonda Mullenaux

3rd place – “God’s Day” by Jordan Hill


1st place – “Serenity” by Gypsy Bates

2nd place –“One With Nature” by Kaylin Meyers

3rd place – “Transformation” by Jessie Nieboer

Cover Art: “Serenity” by Gypsy Bates

“The winners this year also demonstrated a sense of hopefulness, which is critical given what we have all experienced this past year,” added Hayes.  All winners of the Creative Writing Contest and several contributors will be featured in the upcoming edition of River Voices. First place winners are pictured below. Not pictured: Keegan Colcleasure.

Cassie Pierce, Photography, first place
Taylor Strand, Fiction, first place
Gypsy Bates, Artwork, first place (cover art)