Kicking Off a New Year

Pseudonym Required is one year old and better than ever as we plunge into the 2010-2011 school year at IWU.  And since I know you’re just dying to have all those Petrarchan sonnets you wrote this summer peer reviewed by PR’s editors, we’re working hard getting ready to start taking submissions.

Stop by our table at the RSO Fair tomorrow, September 10th from 3-6 on the quad (Hansen if it rains).  There you can sign up for our e-mail list; or, if you can’t make it, e-mail us at pseudonym.required@gmail.com and we’ll add you.  We’ll be having an informational meeting sometime next week (we’ll post again when we have exact details).  We’re looking to hire some new editors, so be sure to come to the meeting if you’re interested!

Finally, I’d like to announce our returning staff members:

Taking over as co-editors-in-chief are Emily Susina (’13) and Kylie Peters (’12).

Returning editors are Amy Fairgrieve (’12), Sam Kopas (’11), Brianna Kratz (’12), Natalie Lalagos (’13), Maura Moran (’11), Claire Shoup (’11), and Ken Suevel (’13).

We’re looking forward to another year’s worth of submissions from our very talented IWU writing community!

Tongue & Ink

It’s this weekend!

It starts at 4pm on Friday and runs all day Saturday, and all of you should go. Last year they had amazing sessions that covered topics as varied as publishing, graduate school, and writing flash fiction. This year they plan on providing just as much excitement.

This year’s keynote line-up: Mary Jo Bang (Poet), Pinckney Benedict (Fiction), and Robbie Q (Slam Poet).

For more info visit the Tributaries website.

No matter what you have going on this weekend, if you want to be a writer you should come down and join in.

The Next Submission Deadline

Are you looking for a place to submit your work? Did you miss the Tributaries deadline, and realize that you had that one great piece sitting on your desk? If so, you should submit your work to us. Our next deadline is on February 10th and we really want your work. Our readers and editors enjoy providing feedback and we look forward to seeing what the writers of on campus can come up with.

So, submit your work and contribute to Illinois Wesleyan’s writing community!

Workshop Opportunity and Submission Deadline

We will host another series of workshops this semester for students who are interested in receiving direct feedback on a single piece. The workshops will consist of 3-9 people who will get together as many as 3 times over the course of the month of February and into early March. Each session will be guided by a member of the organization, who will also have a piece up for discussion. If you are interested in being involved please email Pseudonym.Required@gmail.com (Include your name, whether you prefer to work with fiction or poetry, and what days you are most likely to be free). We look forward to hearing from you.

Don’t forget that we have our next submission deadline on January 27th.

Welcome Back to School!

With break over and the new semester beginning I would like to let everyone know that we have our first submission deadline coming up on January 13th. If you’ve written something over break, or have something you wanted to keep until after you received feedback in class, now is the time to send it in. Our readers and editors are anxious to give you feedback.

Once this deadline starts we will revert to our regular schedule, where deadlines are every other Wednesday.

Spooky Slam!

On Thursday, October 29th there will be a slam at 7:30 in the Hansen Student Center. There will be candy, creepy things, dead poets, music, insanity, and of course, great poetry in the form of a double feature. That’s right, featured between the open mic and the slam will be IWU’s own Nathaniel Strauss and Stephanie Nudelman. Come and support your fellow writers. We look forward to seeing you there.

Side note: if you would like to compete in the slam please bring one poem to read/perform.

Second Workshop!

For our second round of workshops this semester we are going to be starting in the first two weeks of November. If you have a poem or short story you would like to have looked at by a group of your peers then this is a great opportunity to do so. The meeting times will be determined by interest and availability.

If you are interested:

Send an email to Pseudonym.Required@gmail.com with your name, 3 times that work best for you (Ex: Monday 7-9, Thursday 3:30-5, Sunday All Day), and whether the piece you would like to work on is Fiction or Poetry. Please do this by Tuesday, November 3rd.