Go Celebrate Some Writing

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The Jim Wayne Miller Celebration of Writing is being held this year at the Augenstein Alumni Center on Sunday the 9th of November (That’s this weekend!!). Go and celebrate the writing accomplishments of your fellow students. It’s the perfect excuse to get out of the dorm  or apartment for a Sunday afternoon.

Streamlines Undergraduate Conference Now Taking Submissions!

Visit http://www.clarke.edu/streamlines for more information.

Conference submissions are now being taken for Streamlines: An Undergraduate Conference Celebrating Language, Literature, and Writing. Submit your abstract by October 22nd to be considered for a panel presentation!

According to the attached flyer, “Streamlines is a collaborative effort among Clarke University, Loras College, and University of Dubuque to create unique opportunities for undergraduates to share scholarship and creativity.”

Click the thumbnail of the flyer or go to the Streamlines web page for more information. This is a great opportunity, not to be missed!

Deadline for Submissions to THE ASHEN EGG Has Been Extended to June 30th

Are you rushing to get your submission for The Ashen Egg to Dr. Langdon by Saturday? Take a deep breath; there’s more time.The deadline for submissions to the Ashen Egg has been exended to June 30th.

That’s right, the deadline has been extended to June 30th–that’s a whole extra month to polish your submission!

Click here for the updated editable version of the cover sheet, and here to view the call for submissions (ignore the May 31st deadline on this one though).

Best of luck to you all!

Deadline for Submissions to the 17th Annual Gender & Women’s Studies Writing Contest is Upon Us!

17th Annual Gender & Women’s Studies Creative Writing Contest

Seeks fresh, reflective poetry, fiction, or creative

nonfiction exploring feminist themes/issues.

Deadline: 4:00 p.m. Friday, March 28, 2014gws_logo

  • Any WKU student may submit one original, unpublished work up to 750 words.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
    • Name
    • Student ID number
    • Local address
    • Undergrad or grad status
    • WKU email address
  • The winners, one undergraduate and one graduate, will be honored at the Gender and Women’s Studies Awards Dinner at the faculty house on Tuesday, April 29, 2014. Each winner will receive a $100 award.
  • Submit to: Dale Rigby, Department of English, 110A or email attachment to dale.rigby@wku.edu

Submission Date: the Henry Fiction Award–Tuesday, April 15, 2014

 The Henry Fiction Award


The Henry Fiction Award is a $500 award specifically for Creative Writing majors and minors. Applicants must:

1. Be full-time undergraduate students at WKU

2. Be Creative Writing majors or minors

3. Have a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or above

4. Submit a writing sample of his/her fiction (only short stories, not novel excerpts) no longer than 20 pages

The story is due to the English office in CH 135 by Tuesday, April 15, by 4:30 p.m.

 The winner of the Henry Fiction Award for 2013 was Isiah Fish for his short story “Deciphering Summer.” If you want to read last year’s winner check it out here.

And enjoy a few other “Henry’s” in the image quilt below. How many can you identify?  Let us know in the comments.

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Goldenrod Finalists 2014



Congratulations to our top eleven Goldenrod contest finalists!

Ashley Coulter “Water and Glass”
Allison Henson “Waiting”
Richard Heyne “A Hypothesis on Purgatory When Your Family Needs Heaven to be Real”
Rachel Hoge “To My Nephew”
Joshua Johnston “Midnight Karaoke at the Donors Ball”
Anna Nuckols “Freckled Futility”
Jade Primicias “Mahjong Table (with Our Filipino Grandmother)”
Leah Railey “Coffee Stained Dreams”
Becky Thieman “The Secrets of a Beer Stain”
K. Warren Westbrook “Nadav Ariel-Joel”
Maggie Woodward “Euphony in Winter”

The final three will be chosen by our visiting poet, Matt Hart, and will be presented with an award at the Goldenrod Poetry Festival reading to be held on Tuesday, February 18th, at 7pm in Cherry Hall 125. We hope to see you all there!

Hilary Harlan
English Club Co-President

Here’s a look back at the 2013 winners of the Goldenrod Poetry Festival:

1st place: Tracy Jo Ingram, for her poem “Elegy to a Child’s Sleep in the Midnight Hour”

2nd place: Maggie Woodward, for her poem “Six Years Later, a Love Letter”

3rd place: Elizabeth Gatten, for her poem “In a Land Far, Far Away”

Each year, the Goldenrod finalists are treated to a private workshop with a visiting poet and dinner afterwards. Last years visiting poet, Nickole Brown, told the finalists: “Children learn the world through their senses, and as adults already familiar with the world, we have to learn this all over again.” She then challenged the finalists to describe an apple as if they had never seen one before. Interesting technique, right? But incredible to say the least. Take a look at the full story and events of last years Goldenrod finalists here, written by Rachel Hoge.

Submission Deadline: Ball State University’s Digital Literature Review

creepy_branches-570x297Submit to Ball State University’s Digital Literature Review!

Theme: “Historical Hauntings and Modern-Day Manifestations”

Find out more here!

Papers should be between 3,000 and 5,000 words, should adhere to MLA Style Format, and should be submitted in PDF form. We expect submissions to contribute to ongoing scholarly conversations. Papers selected by our editing staff will have the opportunity to revise.

Submissions will be accepted up to January 31, 2014. To submit, and for more information, please e-mail dlr@bsu.edu.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Submissions for Goldenrod Now Being Accepted in the English Office

solidago roanensisThe 2014 Goldenrod Poetry Festival is upon us, and the deadline for the contest is sooner than you think! The top ten poets will participate in a private workshop with visiting poet, Matt Hart, who will give a reading during the Goldenrod Poetry Festival on February 18th at 7pm. This event is free and open to the public.

Be sure to get your poems ready while you’ve got time to spare, and read this message from English Club Co-president, Hilary Harlan, to learn how to submit:

Poets and other interested students,

The annual Goldenrod Poetry Festival will be held this year on February 18th with visiting poet Matt HartBeginning on January 27th, we will be accepting poem entries for the contest.  Official rules and coversheets will be available in the English office starting January 6th.
Because of the time constraints this semester, we will stop accepting entries on February 7th, so make sure that you are working on your poems over break so that you can turn them in when we are back for the spring semester.
Hope you all have a safe and happy break,
Hilary Harlan
English Club Co-President

Upcoming Event: 13th Annual Undergraduate Conference on Literature, Language, and Culture

Friday, November 22nd at 1:00 p.m.

Cherry Hall 125

Come out and support your

friends and fellow English majors!

 Click here to download the program.

Undergraduate students present to a group of their peers, professors, family, and friends

Undergraduate students present to a group of their peers, professors, family, and friends

The Undergraduate Conference on Literature, Language, and Culture is an annual event sponsored by the Western Kentucky University English Department, with generous support from the Provost’s Initiatives for Excellence.

The conference features original analytical essays written by undergraduate students. Students are invited to submit short (five page) versions of any paper they have written in a WKU English class during the year leading up to each conference. Graduate students in the English M.A. program evaluate the submissions and select up to fifteen participants.

At the conference, the selected students read their papers as a part of panels organized around similar themes. A brief question and answer period follows each panel. The conference, which is free, is attended by faculty, students, and members of the public. The students who read at the conference are especially encouraged to invite teachers, friends, and family.

The conference is a significant event for students in the English department. It is the only chance that English literature students have to share their analytical work in a public forum. It exposes them to the type of setting that they may experience in graduate school or as professionals and gives them practice in public speaking. As such, it strongly reinforces WKU’s commitment to strong communication (oral and written), critical thinking, active learning, and especially student engagement.

If you have questions, please contact ted.hovet@wku.edu or elizabeth.alsop@wku.edu

Extension to Submission Date for Undergraduate Conference: Now Due Monday

3192358776_6cd2973203_zIf you’re scrambling to get your submission together for the 13th Annual Undergraduate Conference on Literature, Language, and Culture, take a deep breath…you have until Monday now! Dr. Ted Hovet notified us late yesterday afternoon that they would be accepting submissions that are turned in by Monday afternoon. If you need a cover sheet, stop by the English office (Cherry 135) and use the extra time you have this weekend to really polish your work!

There will also be $100 worth of cash prizes!

Contact Dr. Ted Hovet or Dr. Elizabeth Alsop with questions about the conference. Turn your submissions in to the English office by 4:30 p.m. on Monday, November 4th. Best wishes and good luck!