Community Voices creates dialogue through writing and digital stories about matters that affect us daily. You could share a six-word sentence about a topic that matters to you, or maybe write a longer work of poetry, fiction, nonfiction or digital storytelling that makes communities' needs and concerns transparent and shared. Long-term community change is multi-directional, and reducing barriers is not always about connecting people to resources, but understanding why those barriers exist in the first place. Writing has the power to create awareness.

We invite you to share your words, images, and ideas about things you may have otherwise been silent about.

The SLCC Community Writing Center (CWC) is calling for submissions for its latest literary endeavor, a story vending machine.This vending machine will produce bite-sized text for the community’s reading pleasure at the touch of a button.The three major categories it will offer are: micro-fiction, poetry, and micro-nonfiction. But if you would like to submit a text that falls outside of these categories (e.g. recipe, jokes, reviews, lyrics, etc.) it will fall in our potpourri category. Pieces will be restocked on a semi-regular basis to make room for new submissions.

  • All submissions must be 250 words or less. (This post is 229 words…)
  • Submissions should be original works!

  • If you would like your work to remain anonymous, exclude your name within the text. Otherwise, your name will be printed with the text to provide author credit.

  • If you submit more than one text, be advised the CWC maintains the right to only stock one of the submissions to provide equitable access to pieces by other community writers.

The CWC is planning to unveil The Bard during the Utah Arts Festival, June 22 – 25 2017, so if you’d like your text to be vending machine stock for this event, submit your text before June 20!

The CWC thanks you for your submission and looks forward to seeing your works as part of this new literary community project.
Ends on May 5, 2018

Welcome to the Community Writing Center's Annual 30 Poems in 30 Days Writing Contest! Write 30 poems based on daily prompts throughout the month of April. Winners will have a chapbook of their original poems produced by the CWC. Prompts will be posted each morning in April to the CWC's Facebook (@CommunityWritingCenter) and Instagram (@slcc_cwc) accounts. All prompts will remain available for viewing until Tuesday, May 1, 2018, 10:00 AM, when they will be removed from our social media.

Submission Guidelines

  • Registration is required. Register online, by phone at 801-957-2192, or in person at the Community Writing Center (210 East 400 South). Registration is $5 (fee can be waived on request) and must be completed by April 30, 2018.
  • Each submission must be original poetry written within the 30 days of the competition (April 2018) and related to daily prompts.
  • Please title the entire submission (all 30 poems combined). Individual titles for individual poems are optional.
  • Number individual poems in accordance with the day the prompt was posted. For example, a poem written for a prompt posted on April 6th should be labeled with the number 6.
  • All 30 poems must be saved into one file. Do NOT put your name anywhere on the poems. 
  • Submissions (all 30 poems combined) should not exceed 4000 words.
  • Submission is due on Saturday, May 5th at 3:00 p.m.

Judging and Awards

  • Judges will award a “Winner” and an “Honorable Mention” in both youth and adult categories, yet reserve the right to adjust awards as necessary.
  • Winners in each category will be notified (via phone or email) by May 19, 2018.
  • Honorable Mention in each category will receive CWC merchandise, two tickets admitting you to the 2018 Utah Arts festival to read your award-winning poetry at our open mic event, and a King’s English gift card.
  • The Winner in each category will receive all of the above, plus 20 custom chapbooks of your submissions to distribute amongst your loyal fans.