America’s premier amateur philosophy contest, The Great American Think-Off, awards gold, silver, and bronze medals to the eventual winners plus money for expenses if chosen for the finals. This year’s great debate question is “Does Poetry Matter?”
We all know what Professors Theune and Diaz think, but what about the rest of you? Participants should check out the details at The New York Mills Regional Cultural Center’s Great American Think-Off website. The deadline for an essay of 750 words or less is April 1, 2001 (postmarked by, or emailed by)—no fooling. There’s no entry fee.
The name itself can make you laugh—ShimmyHoots Review, which is published by a group of students enrolled at the University of Mary Washington and Virginia Commonwealth University. The editors are looking to feature humorous, consistently-updated web literature: humorous prose, poetry, artwork, video, and multimedia content. They’re looking for material from both previously published and unpublished writers. It’s brand spanking new, and if you want to have a look, here’s their website: http://www.shimmyhootsreview.com. Submissions can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. Seriously.
Illinois State University’s English department and chapter of Sigma Tau Delta are co-sponsoring an English Studies at Large undergraduate conference to be held Feb. 12, 2011 at Stevenson Hall. The deadline for proposals is Nov. 15, 2010.
Both individual and panel proposals are invited for 15-minute presentations (roughly six-page papers). Proposals consist of a 250-word abstract that “engages with some aspect(s) of great writing. We will gladly consider traditional literary analysis, rhetorical inquiries, composition research, and linguistic studies, along with other submissions that fall within the field of the whole of English studies.” Submit proposals as a two-page electronic document (Microsoft Word .doc or .docx file). First page should include your name, school, affiliation, title of presentation, technology needs, a brief (100-word) bio, and contact information. The second page should be your abstract with no identifying information. Submit to: Englishstudiesatlarge@gmail.com. For more information, check out this link.
Mason’s Road, sponsored by Fairfield University’s MFA in Creative Writing, is an online literary journal with a “teaching twist.” Run by graduate students, it’s dedicated to various elements of the writing craft so that hopefully readers learn while they read and enjoy.
The theme for their second issue is “settings—pieces that evoke a particular place or time.”
They will award a $500 prize for the best piece of creative writing published in the first two issues, including shorter essays on craft or writing exercises.
If you’re curious, you have a look at Mason’s Road.
Sphere, an international online journal of student writing edited by students at Fairleigh Dickinson University, is looking for unpublished works by undergraduate students “or equivalent” in the categories of poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction for their fifth and sixth issues, to be published this winter and next summer.
Sphere aims to publish students from all over the world. Deadline for the winter issue is December 1, 2010; for the summer issue it’s May 2, 2011. They have an online submission form.
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GuideGecko (which has nothing to do with car insurance) is sponsoring a 2010 writing contest that will send one winner to the Frankfurt Book Fair in Germany. They’re looking for submissions of 32-page (minimum) guides to travel and sightseeing, food and dining, nightlife and partying, and just about anything that’s travel, lifestyle, and entertainment related. Been to Mardi Gras and think you have the inside dope? It’s that kind of guide they’re looking for. There’s no entry fee, and there is an Internet voting component. Complete details can be found on the website. The contest is already under way, but the submission deadline is September 15, 2010. Quick turnover, too, as the winner will be announced October 1.
The MFA program at Fairfield University is launching a new online journal, Mason’s Road, and they’re actively seeking submissions of both writing and artwork. For details, see their website.