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Ridgeland Campus announces Literary Contest Winners

English instructor Dr. Andrew Kelly recently announced the winners of the 2021 Literary Contest for the Holmes Community College Ridgeland Campus.

Winners of the Literary Essay Category included first place Kaija Hayne of Madison for “A Stuttering Flow” and second place Rigoberto Leon of Canton for “June Jordan’s World in 1960.”

In the Poetry Category, Ashtin Crawford of Jackson won first for “Brown Girl” and “First Kiss,” and Piper Patterson of Madison took second place for “Makeup.”

Finally, Elisabeth Bailey of Madison took home first in Short Story for “The Journals of Lydia Kath” and Emily Sanders of Clinton won first in Personal Essay for “A Completely Different Woman.”

The competition was open to all students on the Ridgeland Campus of Holmes, regardless of their major, and entries were judged by the English faculty members. First and second place winners in each category will appear in Reflections, the campus literary magazine, and are sent to the statewide contest. State-level winners receive monetary prizes and publication in the literary magazine of the Mississippi Community College Creative Writing Association.

For more information on the Literary Contest, contact English instructor Dr. Andrew Kelly at or (601) 605-3382.


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