2018 Met Awards

Call for Flash Fiction, Poetry and Creative Nonfiction

Metamorphoses, in cooperation with the English Department and the CCCC Foundation, is hosting the annual Met Awards for Creative Writing. The editors are calling for poetry, flash fiction (very short short stories sometimes called short shorts, of between 500 and 1,000 words) and creative nonfiction written by Cerro Coso and local high school students. 

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First and second place writers will receive a $50 or $25 gift card and publication in the Fall edition of Metamorphoses Online. Honorable Mentions may also be considered for reading and publication.


Participants must be current students of Cerro Coso or one of the many high schools in the college's service area (Mammoth, Bishop, Ridgecrest, California City, Edwards Air Force Base, Techachapi, and Kern River Valley).


Fiction and creative non-fiction must be between 500-1,000 words.

Poems must be under 50 lines.

Participants can submit up to three pieces in each category.

About the Genres

To learn more about the genres and to read sample stories, poems, and essays, visit the following pages:
More about Flash Fiction
More about Poetry
More about Creative Nonfiction

Prizes and Awards Ceremony

First and second place writers in all categories will receive the following:
  • Publication in Met Online
  • Gift certificate worth $50 (first place) or $25 (second place)
  • Invitation to read work at awards ceremony in Ridgecrest
Thank you to the Cero Coso Community College Foundation for their generous support which has allowed us to offer gift certificates and refreshments at the awards ceremony. Friends and family are encouraged to attend this celebratory event.


Visit the Criteria page for an idea of what we look for in a piece of creative writing.

Note: In exceptional circumstances, the editors reserve the right not to present one or more of the awards in any given category if no submissions are considered to have fulfilled the necessary criteria.


Submission Deadline:  8 April 2018
Awards Announced: 20 April 2018
Awards Ceremony and Reading: 3 May 2018 in Ridgecrest
Publication: Fall 2018

How to Submit

Use the submission page to enter your work. Be sure to specify "Met Awards entry." If you are a high  school student, also be sure to include the name and location of your school.