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Holmes Goodman student Demeria Moore places in state creative writing contest

Holmes Community College student Demeria Moore of Goodman won third place in the Mississippi Community College Creative Writing Association (MCCCWA) state competition for her short story, “Grandma’s Strength.” The contest was held in conjunction with the 2024 MCCCWA conference held at the Hinds Community College campus in Pearl on April 12.

Four students from the Holmes Goodman Campus attended the conference: Moore, Jordan Barnes, Garian Edwards and Jar’Kevis March. Each of these students either took the Creative Writing class or participated in the Goodman Campus Creative Writing Contest.

Exodus Brownlow, an author known for her works of fiction, presented Moore’s award to her during the conference. Professional writers judge the contest and present the awards in their genre during the awards portion. Other judges and speakers included Anna Wolfe, T.K. Lee, Greg Sellers, Mary Heath and Ellen Ann Fentress. In addition to MCCCWA’s prizes, William Carey University offered $18,000 in scholarships to winners in the Drama Category. Hinds Instructor Frederick Melancon served as this year’s association president and host of the conference.

The three main campuses of Holmes each sponsor a yearly writing contest, and all first and second place winners in short story, poetry, drama, creative non-fiction and literary essay go on to compete in the statewide contest sponsored by the MCCCWA. The MCCCWA has promoted writing skills among Mississippi Community College students since 1978. It is generously sponsored by the Mississippi Community College Board and the Community College Presidents and run by the combined efforts of the colleges’ English instructors.

For more information about Holmes’ Creative Writing Contests, contact W. Chad Moorer at

For more information about MCCCWA, visit


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