Puget Sound English Department

March 23, 2011

Lots of Opportunities for Fame and (Metaphorical) Fortune!

1. Please note that the deadline for submissions to our outstanding literary and arts magazine, Crosscurrents, has been extended to this Friday, March 25, at midnight. Submit your 3 art, 3 poems, 2 prose, and 1 “other” to ccr@pugetsound.edu!

2. Departmental Awards: The deadline to submit your work for any of these is Friday, April 1 in the Department Office (Wyatt 335).
All awards require blind (anonymous), typed submissions; for all awards, please include a cover sheet with your name, the title of your submission, and the name of the contest.
A. The Heuston Literature Prize: Currently enrolled students may submit a paper from a 400-level Literature or Theory class.
B. The Nixeon Civille Handy Poetry Contest: Current students may submit one unpublished poem of no more than 50 lines.
C. The Esther B. Wagner Prize in Fiction: Current students may submit one story of not more than 25 pages.

All awards are sponsored by the Department of English.

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June 29, 2010

Local Girl Writes Badly, Well

The local papers are reporting that a Seattleite is the proud winner of the 2010 Bulwer-Lytton prize for the Best in Truly Dreadful writing. Her prize winning entry makes clever, albeit revolting, use of those essential elements of great literature: passion, romance, small caged mammals, and their accessories.

Congratulations to Molly Ringle and the other writers whose prosodic efforts so richly deserve their dishonorable mentions.

May 4, 2010

End of Year Awards: 2010

Congratulations to the members of the Class of 2010 and others who were recognized for exceptional distinction at our senior celebration:

Departmental Honors
Miles King, Greta Lindquist, Olivia Margoshes, Lauren Mouat, Brad Rice, Katie Shuy

Kathryn Irene Rodgers Scholarship
Robyn Broker, Lauren Foster

Heuston Literature Prize
Brad Rice
Honorable Mention: Greta Lindquist, Katie Shuy

Rosemary Van Arsdel Outstanding Senior (WRC)
Miles King

Barry Bauska Outstanding Senior (CW)
Hudson Hongo

Philip Hager Outstanding Senior (Lit)
Brad Rice

Fezziwig Award in Honor of David Macey
Greta Lindquist

Esther Wagner Fiction Prize
Benjamin Merkel

Nixeon Civille Handy Poetry Award
First Place: Ian Greenfield
Second Place: Jeanne Stevens
Third Place: Melissa Farage

April 15, 2010

There’s Still Time to Enter…

The Norman Mailer Writers Colony and the National Council of Teachers of English are pleased to invite submissions for the 2010 Norman Mailer College Writing Awards for Creative Nonfiction.

Prizes
A cash prize of $10,000 will be awarded to the national winner. The winner will also receive a scholarship to the Norman Mailer Writers Colony during the summer of 2011 and travel and lodging to attend the Colony’s National Award Ceremony. Four finalists will be awarded trophies. Sixteen semifinalists will be awarded certificates.

Submission Guidelines
CATEGORY
Norman Mailer produced extraordinary works in many genres, including the category of this year’s award: Creative Nonfiction. Students may submit work in any of the subgenres of creative nonfiction: memoir or autobiography, essay, literary journalism, profiles of people or places, and so on. Whatever its type, the best work will be true material presented with compelling literary merit.

ELIGIBILITY, PAGE LENGTH, and DEADLINES
The Four-Year College Competition is open to current full-time students. Entries will be accepted online only and may include one or more pieces of writing. Maximum 15 single-spaced pages. Although there are page limits for these pieces, quality is far more important than quantity. Entries accepted from March 22 through April 29, 2010, Noon CDT. No late entries will be accepted.

For complete submission guidelines and judging criteria, or to submit an entry, visit the NCTE website.

March 31, 2010

Deadline Approaches

The deadline for submitting work to the yearly departmental writing awards is Friday, April 2. Submit your poetry, fiction, or an analytical essay written for a 400-level course in Wyatt 335.

March 26, 2010

Writing Contest: Creative Nonfiction

This announcement of a very profitable writing contest for students comes to us somewhat circuitously, via Zanzibar, where Professor Julie Christoph and her family are spending a year on a Fulbright-sponsored research and teaching venture. You can find their family blog, featuring photos, reflections on life in Zanzibar, and thoughts on life in a very different culture here. Thanks, Professor Christoph, for the heads up!

Note that the deadline is April 29, and the awards range up to $10,000.

The Norman Mailer Writers Colony and the National Council of Teachers of English are pleased to invite submissions for the 2010 Norman Mailer College Writing Awards for Creative Nonfiction.

PRIZES
Cash prizes of up to $10,000 will be awarded to National Winners. Four finalists in each category will be awarded trophies. Sixteen semifinalists in each category will be awarded certificates.

Submission Guidelines
CATEGORY
Norman Mailer produced extraordinary works in many genres, including the category of this year’s award: Creative Nonfiction. Students may submit work in any of the subgenres of creative nonfiction: memoir or autobiography, essay, literary journalism, profiles of people or places, and so on. Whatever its type, the best work will be true material presented with compelling literary merit.

ELIGIBILITY, PAGE LENGTH, and DEADLINES
Entries will be accepted online only and may include one or more pieces of writing. Winners receive travel and lodging to attend the Colony’s National Award Ceremony. Entries accepted March 22 – April 29, 2010, Noon CST.

* The Two-Year College Competition is open to first- and second-year full-time students enrolled in a community college, junior college, technical college. Maximum 15 single-spaced pages.
* The Four-Year College Competition is open to current full-time students. Maximum 15 single-spaced pages. The college winner receives a scholarship to the Norman Mailer Writers Colony during the summer of 2011.

Students may submit one or more pieces of writing. Although there are page limits for these pieces, quality is far more important than quantity. No late entries will be accepted.

For complete submission guidelines and judging criteria, or to submit an entry, visit the NCTE website. If you have any questions, please contact me directly at nmw@ncte.org. I wish your students the best of luck!

Best regards,
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Lucas Beals
Marketing Specialist
National Council of Teachers of English
(877) 369-6283