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Writing Contest

The English & ESL Department at LACC holds an annual writing contest for all students enrolled at the college during the spring semester of each school year.

  • Scholarships are awarded to first, second, third and honorable mention in each of the following categories: short story, poetry, and ESL writing.
  • Students must follow and adhere to the guidelines for each contest to be eligible.
  • Winners will be notified in early May and should plan on attending the Awards Ceremony scheduled at the end of the Spring semester.

Info about our 2024 contest can be found below. 

Writing Contest Winners - 2023

Emma Baker - Poetry, "Fan Letter to Mary Magdalene"

"...You unmarried, least merry Mary,
I even love you more than his mother,
whose heroics amount to the beginning..."

Read the award-winning poem

Marceline Kang - Fiction, "Muneul Market..."

"...Clothes sold out there are called 'feug-diay' which means “dusted off and sold” because they are worn clothes from Europe..."

Read the award-winning narrative

Aeran Song - ESL Writing, Poetry, "Life with C-Something"

"...Try me little by little
as you have the noodle.
Yes, that’s the spirit. Little by Little..."

Read the award-winning poem

Writing Contest - 2024

Our 2024 Writing Contest is officially underway. Send us your best poetry and fiction! You have two options to submit your work, either in-person at Jefferson Hall 301, or electronically via the following links using your LACCD email to log in

Submissions for the 2024 Writing Contest are due Monday, April 15th, by 12pm. 

Before submitting, please carefully read the guidelines below:


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English & ESL Department

Office Hours and Location

Mondays to Thursdays: 8:00AM - 4:00PM
Fridays to Sundays: Closed

Our department is located on the 3rd floor of Jefferson Hall in room JH 301.


Jeffrey M. Nishimura, Department Chair
Email: @email
Phone: (323) 953-4000 ext. 2706

The Chair usually attends meetings in the afternoon, so please call before you come

Jasminee Haywood-Daley, Secretary
Email: @email
Phone: (323) 953-4000 ext. 2700