Wordstock at Malone

A Celebration of Poetry and Prose

February 9th, 2019
10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Randall Campus Center

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Wordstock at Malone is a day celebrating writing for high school students of all grades.We will have writing games, craft talks by Malone Creative Writing Faculty, and poetry and prose competitions.

First place winners in the Poetry and Prose competitions will each receive $100. Second place in both events will receive $50. All four of those winners will be offered a $1000 Creative Writing Fellowship should they decide to attend Malone


Entry is free for all students in grades 9-12. Parents, teachers, and chaperones are invited to attend the event for free as well; they may participate in the writing games, enjoy a free lunch, and attend the craft talks, but they may not participate in the competitions or read at the Open Mic.

Students will be asked to register by providing their name and contact information when they arrive at the event.

Students are encouraged to bring a laptop or tablet with a charger and wifi capabilities to participate in the writing competitions, though that equipment is not mandatory to compete in the event.

Schedule of Events

10 a.m. Registration in the Randall Campus Center
  • The Randall Campus Center (also known as The Barn) is building 10 on our Campus Map
  • Please park in the lot marked "G" in the Campus Map (accessible from 25th Street).
  • Students who register will receive a meal ticket and other Malone swag.
10 A.M.– 10:50 A.M. Writing Games 
  • The Malone Writers Guild will host writing games at different stations in the Randall Campus Center. Example games include a Pangram competition, Exquisite Corpse, Massive Poetry Magnets, Scrabble, etc. 
11 A.M. – 12 Noon Prose Competition
  • Students will gather in the Stewart Room (located inside the Barn) at tables with their laptops, tablets, or notebooks. We will provide pens and paper for students without electronic devices. 
  • Students will have one hour to write a prose piece (nonfiction or fiction) responding to a brief prompt.
  • By noon all students must turn in their pieces to be judged by the Writers Guild and Malone Professors.
12 NOOn – 1 p.m. Lunch in the Cafeteria
  • All participants and chaperones are invited to eat lunch free of cost in the Malone cafeteria, which is located in the Brehme Centennial Center, right next door to the Barn.
  • Members of the Malone Writers Guild will be available to dine with participants or guide them to the cafeteria. 
1 p.m. – 2 P.M. Poetry Competition
  • Participants will again gather in the Stewart Room with writing supplies. They will be provided with a brief prompt, and will have an hour to write a poem responding to that prompt. By 2 p.m. all participants must turn in their pieces to be judged by the Writers Guild and Malone Professors.
2 P.M. – 3 P.M. Craft Talks by Malone Faculty
  • Jaclyn Dwyer, PhD, Creative Writing Program Director, will give a craft talk about fiction in the Stewart Room. 
  • Rob Stephens, PhD, English Department Representative, will give a craft talk about poetry. Location TBD.

3 – 4 P.M. Open Mic Reading
  • All attendees will gather in the Stewart Room for an Open Mic Reading. Students who want to read their work can sign up ahead of time for a reading slot. Students are asked to bring an original work of fiction, poetry, or nonfiction to read.

4 P.M. Awards Announcements
  • Prizes will be given to the winners of the Prose and Poetry Writing Competitions. First Place in both events will receive $100; Second place will receive $50. All four prize winners will also be offered Creative Writing Fellowships in the amount of $1,000 should they decide to attend Malone and major or minor in English, Creative Writing, or ILA.