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Vaxx Blitz: August 30 – September 3 at Bucks County Community College


The first 200 currently enrolled Bucks students who receive a Covid shot (anywhere) between August 30 – September 3 ONLY are eligible for a $100 gift card courtesy of the Gene and Marlene Epstein Humanitarian Fund. To redeem the reward, students must bring their original vaccine card (not a photo) with a COVID shot date of August 30 – September 3 at any of Bucks' three campus locations. Beginning Monday, August 30, Bucks students can show proof of new vaccination to the front desk of the Upper Bucks Campus, the Gene & Marlene Epstein Campus at Lower Bucks or Student Accounts in the Linksz Building at the Newtown campus. Business hours are 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. The $100 rewards are limited to the first 200 students. Students are urged to check their Bucks email daily for updates. Students who return and receive their second COVID shot to complete their vaccination at one of Bucks’ on-campus pop-up clinics, may be eligible for an additional $100 reward from the County of Bucks. In addition, all COVID vaccinated students, regardless of vaccination date, can enter into a raffle to win one-year free tuition (one student will win up to 24 credits, in-county rate tuition, or the equal value towards non-credit programs and certificates). Students may also enter if they have had a positive antibody test within the last 6 months. The raffle drawing will be held on Sept. 10. Visit for more information about vaccinations, additional incentives, and County of Bucks pop-up events.

Bucks Searches for the Next Great Short-Fiction Writer


Enter your best story by Oct. 14 for the chance to win up to $200 in the fifth-annual competition; high school contest will follow this spring. Bucks County Community College has slated its short fiction contest for adults who live in Bucks County, and has put out a call for entries. The deadline for submissions is noontime on Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021. The top three winners in the contest will receive honoraria of $200, $100, and $50, respectively, and will read from their work at an online reading and celebration at the end of the fall semester. Adults age 18 and older, who are residents of Bucks County, may submit one story of up to 18 typewritten pages (double-spaced, Times New Roman 12). Stories must be previously unpublished, including in online formats. For complete rules and to access the online submission system, please go to ( Entrants may not be full- or part-time employees of Bucks County Community College. A separate contest for high school students will be held in Spring 2022. An online celebration will be held at 7 p.m., on Wednesday, Nov. 17. We will be joined by the final judge, Megan Angelo, author of the novel Followers, published by Graydon House Books in 2020. and a native of Quakertown. Her writing has also appeared in publications including the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Glamour, Slate, and the Huffington Post. She is a native of Quakertown. This event receives support from the Department of Language and Literature. For further information, contact the contest coordinator, Professor Elizabeth Luciano, at     

College Launches 45th Bucks County Poet Laureate Competition 2021


The search is on for the 45th annual Bucks County Poet Laureate, according to Bucks County Community College Professor Ethel Rackin, Ph.D., director of what is the longest-running poet laureate program in Pennsylvania. "The contest is open to Bucks County residents over age 18 who have not previously served as poet laureate," said Rackin, who teaches language and literature at Bucks, where the program is based. Each entrant must submit 10 original poems of any style or length along with an entry form to the college’s Language and Literature Department. Entries must be submitted online by Friday, Sept. 10, 2021. The winner receives a $500 honorarium, a proclamation from the Bucks County Commissioners, and will be featured at a Fall reading and reception at Bucks County Community College with the previous year’s poet laureate, Jean Edna Mohler, and contest runners-up. Poetry of any kind is welcome. The entry requires 10 poems, any style, form, or length. All work must be original, published or unpublished, typewritten or word-processed, one poem per page, in black ink. The poems and entry form must be submitted online at There is no charge to enter the contest, but there is a limit of one entry per person. Two judges will blindly select the winner. The preliminary judge will narrow the entries down to a few dozen for the final judge, who will choose the winner and three runners-up from the pool of finalists. The preliminary judge will be Ernest Hilbert, author of Sixty Sonnets, All of You on the Good Earth, Caligulan, and Last One Out. He lives with his wife and son in Philadelphia where he works as an antiquarian bookseller. The 2021 final judge will be Maggie Smith, author of Good Bones, The Well Speaks of Its Own Poison, Lamp of the Body, the national bestseller Keep Moving: Notes on Loss, Creativity, and Change, and Goldenrod. Smith’s poems and essays are widely published and anthologized, appearing in Best American Poetry, the New York Times, The New Yorker, The Paris Review, Ploughshares, the Washington Post, the Guardian, and elsewhere. In 2016 her poem "Good Bones" went viral internationally and has been translated into nearly a dozen languages. Public Radio International called it "the official poem of 2016." The Bucks Poet Laureate Program is one of the oldest in the country. It also holds a High School Poet Contest every Spring and sponsors an annual writers’ conference, and is yet another way that Bucks County Community College contributes to the cultural heritage of the region. For more information, contact Rackin at