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Literary opportunities abound for students

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Pointed Circle taking submissions

PCC Cascade’s literary magazine Pointed Circle seeks submissions for the 2009 edition. Students are greatly encouraged to submit their poetry, prose, and artwork. Email Lutgarda Cowan at to receive a submission through email or get a submission form in TH 232.

Library prize for student writing

The PCC Library offers its own economic stimulus package with the Library Prize competition. The contest, in its fifth year, awards four $300 prizes to students who have written outstanding research papers. As an added bonus, the winners receive unique, handcrafted certificates commemorating their achievement.

There are two submission categories: student papers written for ESOL, ABE, AND Developmental Education classes and student papers written for 100 and 200 level classes.

Contest rules: Students may submit one paper of their choosing. The paper needs to have been written for a PCC class for either Spring 2008, Summer 2008, Fall 2008 or Winter 2009 terms. The paper needs to have earned an “A” grade and incorporate library research. Some form of bibliography or works cited list to identify sources consulted is essential. Any standard citation style is acceptable. To enter, students should complete the attached submission form or print a copy from the library website at .

Two copies of the research paper are required and can be dropped off at any campus reference desk. An electronic copy of the paper, in Microsoft Word, pdf., or .rtf format, should be sent to Submission deadline: Sunday, April 6, 2008. Winners will be announced during spring term. An awards ceremony will be held at the conclusion of May’s Art Beat celebration. Questions? Email

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