Puget Sound English Department

April 1, 2011

Submit your work for departmental awards!

Today is the last day to submit your work for the departmental writings awards–the Heuston Prize (for a literary/analytical essay at the 400 level), the Handy award (one poem of <50 lines), and the Wagner prize for fiction (one story of <25 pages). Details are posted throughout the department on Wyatt's 3rd floor. All currently registered students are eligible. Submit your work in the department office, 335 Wyatt, before the end of the day.


February 27, 2011

Submit to Crosscurrents

Crosscurrents art and literary magazine is accepting submissions for their Spring 2011 edition. You may submit up to 3 works of art, 3 poems, 2 prose pieces, and 1 “other” by email at ccr@pugetsound.edu

Submission Deadline is March 19

More information here; archives available here.

February 7, 2011

Are you funny?

Professor Joshi forwards an announcement of a new online literary journal dedicated to humor. According to co-editor Neil Thorne, the ShimmyHoots Review is produced by a group of students from Mary Washington and Virginia Commonwealth universities, and “its focus is to feature humorous, consistently-updated web literature.” Thorne writes, “Right now we are seeking submissions of humorous prose, poetry, artwork, video, and multimedia content. We are looking for a diverse range of quality material from both published and previously unpublished writers.”

Send your previously unpublished, original work to submissions@shimmyhootsreview.com

Direct questions about the publication or submissions to

And please send your scholarly or anecdotal knowledge of the term “shimmyhoots” to your Puget Sound blogmaster, who is utterly befuddled by what is (we hope?) a regionalism from the Other Coast.

March 26, 2010

Crosscurrents Deadline: Midnight tonight!

Don’t forget: the deadline for submissions to Puget Sound’s literary magazine is tonight, at midnight. Questions and submissions to ccr@pugetsound.edu

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.

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
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.

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

March 23, 2010

Campus News Updates for Current Students

A round-up of information about departmental and campus events:

Don’t forget Creative Writing Days: March 24 & 25.

1. The Department’s pre-registration informational and social session will take place on Thursday, April 1 in Trimble Forum from 5-6:30 p.m. Please drop by to get information about Fall courses offered by English Department faculty, including cross-listed courses and core courses. Bring a friend, have some refreshments, and mingle with faculty and students.

2. As you are thinking ahead to fall, remember that those of you who need or want to write a thesis now have the option of a designated course (English 493) in which to do so. The course emphasizes research and writing, and uses a workshop approach to producing your thesis. Contact Professor Joshi (pjoshi@pugetsound.edu) for more information.

3. Detailed course descriptions for Fall will be available at the department event; you can also find them at the Department website under “Fall Courses”
Descriptions are being updated daily, so check back for more information.

4. Don’t overlook the opportunities for fellowships; Sharon Chambers-Gordon (scgordon@pugetsound.edu) reminds us that there is a Fellowships website with more information, and that there will be a Fellowships Forum on Wednesday, April 14th, at 5:00 PM in Wyatt 109.

5. Finally, don’t forget to submit your original work to Crosscurrents Literary Magazine (ccr@pugetsound.edu) and/or to the Departmental Writing Awards contests (Deadline April 2; information in the Dept. of English, Wyatt 335).

March 12, 2010

Crosscurrents Review: Submission Deadline Looms

Don’t forget to submit your original work to Puget Sound’s outstanding literary magazine. The deadline is March 20. Submissions (poetry, fiction, and visual media) and queries may be sent to ccr@pugetsound.edu.

March 5, 2010

Submissions Sought for Departmental Awards

Current Students: The English Department is now accepting submissions for our three main writing awards. You need not be an English major or a senior to be eligible for these awards. Specifics:

All work should be submitted in hard copy to the English Dept. office, Wyatt 335, by April 2, 2010

1. The Heuston Literature Prize is awarded to a currently-enrolled student for an essay written for a 400-level Literature or Theory course. The submission must be a clean typed copy, with your name attached on a 3×5 index card.

2. Submissions for the Nixeon Civille Handy Poetry Contest should consist of a single unpublished poem of not more than 50 lines. Do not put your name on the poem; instead, submit a clean, typed copy in an envelope on which is written the title or first line of the poem and the author’s name.

3. Submissions for the Esther B. Wagner Prize in Fiction should consist of a single story of not more than 25 typed, double-spaced pages.