Puget Sound English Department

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.

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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!

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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).

August 2, 2009

Another “Best of” list to quibble with…and the shortest of short stories

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NPR has a listener-generated list of the “100 Best Beach Books Ever.” Given the unusual heat wave that has taken over the PNW recently, a beach book may be just what the doctor ordered. The list is here. While most of the list is familiar, it raises the question of what makes something a “beach read,” a term most often associated with Judith Krantz and Danielle Steele?

And how many words are there in three minutes? Not many. Ask Colorado writing instructor and waitress Molly Reid, whose “Not That I Care” won this year’s Three Minute Fiction contest, also at NPR. You can read Reid’s winning entry and five runners-up at the site, and start prepping your entry for next year.

The good life in Tacoma

the good life