English Literary Festival
Literary Festival Pics

Come write with the pros. Read poems, short stories, novels and essays with some of today’s leading writers. Join a workshop for feedback on your own work. Have fun with words. Register today!

Who Can Enter

Featured Writers

Tony Bedard
Green Lantern: New Guardians

Matthew Minicucci

Faculty Writers

Stephen Frech
If Not for These Wrinkles of Darkness

Carmen Aravena
Cirulo de Migas/Circle of Crumbs

Carmelia Braniger
No One May Follow

All current high school students are encourages to participate.

What/How to Submit

Send your best poetry or fiction writing for consideration. Entries are limited to five pages per student.

Who Will Judge

All entries will be reviewed by Millikin University English faculty and the annual Literary Festival Team.


  • 1st- $1,000 Millikin University Scholarship
  • 2nd- $750 Millikin University Scholarship
  • 3rd- $500 Millikin University Scholarship

Friday, November 13

7:00 PM           Prose Reading
Tony Bedard
Pilling Chapel
8:30 PM Collage Reading Pilling Chapel

Saturday, November 14

10:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Writing Workshops:
Poetry Workshop

Shilling 315
Fiction Workshop Shilling 316
1:30 PM - 2:15 PM Graphic Novel Craft Lecture
Tony Bedard
Pilling Chapel
2:15 PM - 2:30 PM Refreshments  
2:30 PM - 3:15 PM Poetry Craft Lecture
Matthew Minicucci
Pilling Chapel
3:15 PM - 3:30 PM Refreshments  
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM Reading
Millikin Faculty & Guests
Pilling Chapel
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM Poetry Reading
Matthew Minicucci
Pilling Chapel
  Closing Remarks