Amanda Williams has won the Caffeine Theatre’s fourth poetry contest. The contest, titled “Golden-Pointed Darts, Or, a Contest in Poesy to Honour the Incomparable Astraea and Other Adventuresses, Spies, Writers, and Thespians,” considered poems inspired by or in conversation with the life or work of Aphra Behn. Amanda’s poem “Sometimes I Acted Backstage Too” was chosen unanimously by the judging committee and will be performed at the Aphra Behn Coffeehouse in November.
“We are here to discuss literature,” the program for the 2011 MUSE Undergraduate Literature Conference announces. ”Within literature lies the complexity of human nature, the breadth of human intellect, and the depth of human experience.”
Come join the conversation on Saturday, October 1. This year’s conference, sponsored as always by the Alpha Eta Pi chapter of the English honors society Sigma Tau Delta, will feature a wide range of outstanding undergraduate papers on topics from Shakespeare to Culture and Ethnic Identity, panels on graduate schools and the library, and keynote speaker Susan Phillips, who will speak on “Learning to Talk Shop: Gossip, Merchants, and Medieval Language Lessons.” The event is free and open to the public.
A program with a full listing of events and papers is available here. (Mac users should be forewarned that Preview may not display the document correctly; please use Adobe Reader instead.)
Editors invite you to come and celebrate, “because everyone could use a little more creative writing.”
The new issue features work by . . . oh, heck, I’m not going to tell you. Just come to the party and find out!
The Delta has decided to extend the deadline for submissions. Critical essays are now due by Sunday, Feb. 27, and if your paper is chosen you will see it in March, when the issue is published.
To submit an essay send as attachment to email@example.com. Submissions must have been written within the last year for an IWU class.
If you have questions, contact Christy Spees at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Illinois Wesleyan University student poets and fiction writers are invited to enter annual competitions for the Academy of American Poets University Prize and the Babbitt’s Prize for Short Fiction. The prizes, administered by the English department, are open to all currently enrolled students. In previous years, non-English majors and minors have won frequently. Students may submit only one entry to each competition. All entries should be submitted to Julie Lappin, English department office coordinator, in the English department’s main office (first floor, English House) by 4 p.m., Friday, March 4.
To compete for the Babbitt’s Prize, students should submit up to 18 double-spaced pages of fiction—either a single short story or a segment from a novel that can stand alone. Any style is acceptable—even genre, if it breaks the mold—but judges will be looking for literary quality, energy, innovation, interesting plots, memorable characters, dialogue that rings true, fresh language, and a sure voice.
Founded in 1955, the Academy of American Poets University & College Poetry Prize program has launched the careers of many promising poets, including Sylvia Plath, Tess Gallagher, Mark Strand, and Joy Harjo. The winner from each school receives $100 and a certificate, and is announced in the Academy of American Poets’ publications and news releases, with a chance for publication in a future anthology.
The Babbitt’s Prize for Short Fiction (formerly the Clockwatch Review Prize for Short Fiction) began in 1997 as a way to promote and encourage aspiring fiction writers at IWU. The winner receives $50 cash and $50 store credit from Babbitt’s Books, downtown Normal.
Members of the English department faculty will serve as preliminary judges, with five manuscripts for each competition passed on to a final off-campus judge who’s an accomplished, published writer.
On February 18-19, Argus staffers traveled to Chicago for the annual Illinois College Press Association convention—two days of sessions on layout and design, reviewing, reporting, photography, and legal issues, all presented by professionals working for Chicago-area newspapers.
Keynote speaker Ellen Warren, senior correspondent for the Chicago Tribune and a member of the Chicago Journalism Hall of Fame, encouraged students to speak up and tell people what they want. And if the answer is no, respond with “Well, what do I have to do to make it happen?” Warren, who has covered the White House and every other beat for the Tribune, said that she became legendary columnist Mike Royko’s first female legman by being aggressive. She dropped her resume off on a Sunday, leaving it with the doorman and asking him to give it to the Pulitzer Prize-winning writer. “I knew he’d be working. He’s a journalist,” she said.
At the awards banquet for college journalists and their advisers—this year representing 32 schools—The Argus was presented with six certificates and two plaques:
Honorable Mention-Editorial Cartoon—Brandon Dorn
Honorable Mention-Sports Feature—Max Brooks
3rd Place-Editorial—Eliiot Boden
2nd Place-Column, Excluding Sports—Dani Jauregui
2nd Place-News Photo—Rachel Rock
2nd Place-Other Cartoon, Strip or Panel—Sam Harris
1st Place-Other Cartoon, Strip or Panel—Kaz Frankiewicz
1st Place-Sports Column—Brett Luy
Congratulations to the winners and to the staff for all their hard work. Pictured are Hannah Griffin, Jackie Connelly, Nicole Travis, James Podrasky, and Eliot Boden.
Attention students and faculty: International Studies is seeking poems centered on the theme “Childhood and Globalization” for possible inclusion in this year’s World Poetry Day Reading, Tuesday, March 22, at 4 p.m. in the Hansen Student Center.
Poems may be self-written or the work of others, in English or in another language accompanied by an English translation. Email submissions to Regina Lensalata, email@example.com. For questions or additional information, contact Prof. Sonja Fritzsche (firstname.lastname@example.org), Prof. Mike Theune (email@example.com), or Prof. Joanne Diaz (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The deadline for submitting work for the Spring 2011 issue of Tributaries is Saturday, Feb. 12, at 11:59 p.m. Send up to five pieces (per person) of poetry, prose, photography, art, or music to email@example.com with “submission” in the subject line.
The editors encourage those who submitted work last semester that didn’t make the final cut to revise and resubmit.