The Alan Miller Memorial Award: Requesting Submissions!

The Alan Miller Memorial Award for Writing on the Environment, created in honor of Western Kentucky University alumnus Alan Miller (1981-2010), will honor an eligible student in the English Department who has produced outstanding writing of any genre (scholarly and/or creative) that has a significant emphasis on the environment.

Alan graduated from WKU in 2005. In 2006 his essay “A Self, Out of the Wild: Wilderness in the Works of Robert Penn Warren” won a national award and was published in rWp: An Annual of Robert Penn Warren Studies.

This award will ensure that writing on the environment will be honored at Western Kentucky University, and it will keep alive the memory of Alan and his outstanding contributions to WKU.

 

Submissions may include, but are not limited to, a scholarly and/or creative work that:

  • Emphasizes environmental issues
  • Supports agrarianism—promoting rural societies, the support of agricultural groups, and the
    significance of the farmer
  • Addresses the current state of the environment and how it can be improved, be it locally, nationally,
    or globally.
  • Discusses the debate between conservation and spirituality of the human/non-human world
  • Offers a criticism of pro-industrial development versus destruction of nature
  • Discusses strategies in maintaining environmental sustainability
  • Exposes the presence of human beings and their role/impact in nature

 

The winner of this award will receive $200.

DEADLINE:  April 19, 2013.  Leave submissions in Cherry Hall 135.

Reminder: Submissions for the Gender & Women’s Studies Writing Contest are due THIS Friday!

The 16th Annual Gender & Women’s Studies Writing Contest is accepting submissions! Genres include poetry, fiction, or nonfiction– as long as it explores feminist themes/issues.The winners, one undergraduate and one graduate, will be honored at the Gender & Women’s Studies Annual Awards Ceremony on Monday, April 29, 2013. Each winner will receive a $100 award.

Here are the details: Any WKU student may submit one original, unpublished work up to 750 words. Entrant’s name must not appear on the manuscript, but should be accompanied by a cover sheet that includes the title of the piece, genre, name, student ID number, local address, undergrad or grad status, and WKU e-mail address. Deadline: 4PM on Friday, March 29, 2013

From what I’ve heard, there haven’t been many submissions so now’s the time! Let’s start writing!

-Rachel

Reminder: Tomorrow is the Last Day to Submit to the Henry Fiction Award!

This is the second year for this $500 award that all creative writing majors and minors should apply for. Here’s the info:

1. Applicants must be full time undergraduate students at WKU.
2. Applicants must be creative writing majors or minors.
3. Applicants must have a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or above.
4. Financial need will be considered once finalists are determined.
5. Each applicant must submit a writing sample of his or her fiction (only a short story, not a novel excerpt), no longer than 20 pages in length.
6. The story is due in the marked basket in CH 135 by Friday March 8th. The office closes at 4:30 p.m.

If there are any questions about the award, please contact Dr. David Bell (david.j.bell@wku.edu).

Tomorrow is the LAST DAY to submit! Be sure to drop yours off at the English office before 4:30 p.m.!

-Rachel

Get Your Pens Ready– the Contests are Coming!

March is a month full of contests and awards for English students. Not only would each contest or award look great on your résumé, there’s also prize money involved. I’ve included all necessary information below– so there’s no excuse not to submit!

Poets/WKU Students: Goldenrod is the English Club’s annual poetry festival in which students submit up the three poems for consideration. There’s also a guest poet, and this year we’re fortunate to have Nickole Brown! After submissions are turned in, the English club will narrow the poems down to ten finalists, which will then be submitted to Nickole for final judging. Afterwards, Goldenrod hosts an event on March 19 where Nickole will do a reading. The winners, who receive prize money and a workshop with the guest, are announced and able to read their poems at the Goldenrod event! Submissions are due on March 5 by 4:30, in CH 135.

Creative Writing majors/minors: This is the second year for the Henry Fiction Award– a $500 award– which is specifically for creative writing majors and minors. Here’s the info:
1.       Applicants must be full time undergraduate students at WKU.
2.       Applicants must be creative writing majors or minors.
3.       Applicants must have a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or above.
4.       Financial need will be considered once finalists are determined.
5.       Each applicant must submit a writing sample of his or her fiction (only a short story, not a novel excerpt), no longer than 20 pages in length.
6.       The story is due in the marked basket in CH 135 by Friday March 8th. The office closes at 4:30 p.m.
If there are any questions about the award, please contact Dr. David Bell (david.j.bell@wku.edu).

Any WKU Student: The 16th Annual Gender & Woman’s Studies Writing Contest is now accepting submissions! They’re accepting poetry, fiction, or nonfiction– as long as it explores feminist themes/issues.The winners, one undergraduate and one graduate, will be honored at the Gender & Women’s Studies Annual Awards Ceremony on
Monday, April 29, 2013. Each winner will receive a $100 award.

Here are the details: Any WKU student may submit one original, unpublished work up to 750 words. Entrant’s name must not appear on the manuscript, but should be accompanied by a cover sheet that includes the title of the piece, genre, name, student ID number, local address, undergrad or grad status, and WKU e-mail address. Deadline: 4PM on Friday, March 29, 2013

-Rachel

Some More Words of Wisdom from Bethany Riggs

Hi, everyone,

Greetings fromEngland! As said in a previous post, I am finishing my student teaching abroad. It has been a really great experience!

There were a few more helpful tips I wanted to give future student teachers of English before they begin the intern semester. Reading and following this list will make your experience run much more smoothly.

1.  Take your PRAXIS tests as soon as you possibly can. This is barely even mentioned at all until your orientation meeting, but you probably have to take around three tests, you cannot take more than two in one day, and they are only offered at certain times throughout the year. It takes four weeks to get scores back, and it costs nearly one hundred dollars per test. You must have passing scores to be certified.

The good news is, WKU has a pretty high pass rate. The bad news is, there are several schools in the state that will not allow people to apply without passing scores. I would recommend buying a study book and taking it as early as possible. This ensures passing scores before it is time to apply, and it is one less thing to worry about while enduring student teaching. Check out the website: www.ets.org/praxis and https://www.ets.org/praxis/states for score info by state.

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