15th Annual Literary Festival

& High School Writing Contest

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 to attend or submit to the contest!

Who Can Enter

Featured Writers

Amelia Martens

Amelia Martens
The Spoons in the Grass are There to Dig a Moat

Christa Desir
Christa Desir
Fault Line

Faculty Writers

Stephen Frech
If Not for These Wrinkles of Darkness

Carmen Aravena
Cirulo de Migas/Circle of Crumbs

Randy Brooks
School's Out

Carmelia Braniger
No One May Follow

All current high school students are encouraged 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 10

7:00 PM Prose Reading  
by Christa Desir
Pilling Chapel
8:30 PM Collage Reading
Pilling Chapel


Saturday, November 11

10 :00 - 12:30 PM Writing Workshops: 
Poetry Workshop - Shilling 315
Fiction Workshop - Shilling 316
1:30 - 2:15 PM Fiction & YA Lit Craft Lecture
by Christa Desir
Pilling Chapel
2:15 - 2:30 PM Refreshments 
2:30 - 3:15 PM Poetry Craft  Lecture
by Amelia Martens
Pilling Chapel
3:15 - 3:30 PM Refreshments 
3:30 - 4:30 PM Reading by Millikin Faculty & Guests
Pilling Chapel
4:30 - 6:00 PM Poetry Reading 
by Amelia Martens
Pilling Chapel
Closing Remarks