John Stigall Spoken Word Contest | Chattanooga State Community College

John Stigall Spoken Word Contest

Tuesday, February 19, 2019
4:00 pm
OMNI Building

Currently sponsored by the Humanities Department of Chattanooga State Community College and the BOSS Program, the John Stigall Spoken Word Contest was created in honor of John Stigall, Sr. - former author, poet, spoken word artist and Associate Professor of English at Chattanooga State Community College. While at Chattanooga State, Stigall founded and became editor of the campus's literary magazine The Phoenix. As part of African American History month in February, all Chattanooga State students are invited to submit original poetry that focuses on aspect(s) of African American culture, either past or present.  The submissions are shared with the campus community during a judged reception, open to the campus and outside community.

Event Information

February 19th in Room 124 of the OMNI building on campus from 4:00 – 6:00 pm


1st Place $150
2nd Place $100
3rd Place $75

Winners will read their work on the WAWL and will be published in Chattanooga State’s student literary-art journal The Phoenix.

Requirements for Submission

  • Deadline for submission: February 1, 2019
  • Must be a new, original piece (not to exceed 3 pages) composed by a current Chattanooga State Community College student
  • Should focus on topics and themes pertinent to African American culture
  • Must be recited to the John Stigall Spoken Word Contest Committee during week of February 4th for pre-event screening
  • Must be submitted to (Class ID: 19064806; Password: Stigall2019)
  • Must include student name, title, contact phone, and A#

For more information on the event, contact Rachael Falu at (423)-697-2412 or