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February Creative Writing Contests!

Gloriana Gill Awards For Drawing and Cartooning, and for Photography

Deadline: February 4, 2019

Prizes: Varies annually. Last year each prize was $1,000

Two awards given in memory of artist Gloriana Gill for 1) the best work of drawing or cartooning, and 2) the best work of photography (with preference given to B&W) appearing in the Long River Review. Entrants may submit multiple pieces to each prize.

Who’s Eligible

Undergraduates and graduates at the University of Connecticut’s main and regional campuses.

Guidelines

See this page.

Long River Review Art Award

Deadline: February 4, 2019

Prizes: $100 – $200

A cash prize for the best piece of artwork to appear in the Long River Review. Entrants may submit multiple pieces.

Who’s Eligible

Undergraduates and graduates at the University of Connecticut’s main and regional campuses.

Guidelines

See this page.

Congratulations to CarsonLee Harper

CarsonLee Harper, majoring in English and History, has been selected as a 2019 University Scholar. The project is titled “Reimagining Medieval Scandinavia Through Historical Fiction.”

The University Scholar Program is one of the most prestigious programs for undergraduates at the University of Connecticut. Available to students from all of the University’s schools and colleges, the University Scholar Program allows students to design and pursue an in-depth research or creative project and to craft an individualized plan of study that supports their intellectual interests during their final three semesters. Each student is mentored by an advisory committee of three faculty.

No more than 30 University Scholars are selected each year. Admission is based on an application submitted during the first semester of a student’s junior year. Applications are reviewed by an interdisciplinary faculty committee that looks for innovative projects and academically rigorous course selection. Graduation as a University Scholar recognizes a student’s exceptional engagement in research and/or creative endeavors.

University Scholars have created toys to help autistic children learn, produced advances in stem cell research, invented processes for running campus buses on cooking oil, written travel and mystery novels, and much more.

February Writing Contests!

Gloriana Gill Awards For Drawing and Cartooning, and for Photography

Deadline: February 4, 2019

Prizes: Varies annually. Last year each prize was $1,000

Two awards given in memory of artist Gloriana Gill for 1) the best work of drawing or cartooning, and 2) the best work of photography (with preference given to B&W) appearing in the Long River Review. Entrants may submit multiple pieces to each prize.

Who’s Eligible

Undergraduates and graduates at the University of Connecticut’s main and regional campuses.

Guidelines

See this page.

Long River Review Art Award

Deadline: February 4, 2019

Prizes: $100 – $200

A cash prize for the best piece of artwork to appear in the Long River Review. Entrants may submit multiple pieces.

Who’s Eligible

Undergraduates and graduates at the University of Connecticut’s main and regional campuses.

Guidelines

See this page.

Write On, Fight On

The Women’s March, the #Metoo movement, even Hulu’s remake of The Handmaid’s Tale, these events all have their roots in a movement that began, and ended, decades ago.

On view from November 26 through December 14, 2018 in the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center, Archives & Special Collections Reading Room, the exhibition Write On, Fight On: Continuing Trends and Strategies of the Second-wave Feminist Movement features banners, buttons, graphics, magazines and periodicals from the second wave feminist movement’s independent presses and media outlets.

Curated by Anna Zarra Aldrich, undergraduate in UConn’s Department of English Writing Internship Program, the exhibition highlights, through historic artifacts preserved in the archives, the strategies feminist activists used to achieve their goals. The exhibition also brings into focus the shortcomings of the movement and how modern feminists are responding.

“The second wave achieved a lot, but by the time the movement started to fall apart, there was still a lot of work for women’s equality to be done and that’s where we get these later events,” Aldrich said.

Aldrich, an English, political science and journalism major at the University of Connecticut, had conducted an internship in Spring 2018 in which she studied and blogged about feminist publications from the collections of Archives and Special Collections.

This exhibition is free and open to the public Monday through Friday 9:00am to 4:00pm.

Presented by: Archives & Special Collections, UConn Library

For more information please contact archives@uconn.edu

 

Poetry Rocks! Around the Holidays

Poetry Rocks Around The Holidays!
Wyndham County Poet Laureate Dan Donaghy Reads!
Date: Sunday, December 2
Time: 7:00pm
Cost: Free (Donations Welcomed)

Dr. Daniel Donaghy, Professor of English at Eastern State University, is the author of five poetry collections, most recently Somerset (NYQ Books, 2018), Start with the Trouble (U of Arkansas Press, 2009), which won the Paterson Prize for Literary Excellence and was a Finalist for the Connecticut Book Award, and Streetfighting (BkMk Press/U Missouri-Kansas City, 2005) which was a Finalist for the Paterson Prize. His poems and fiction have appeared in The Southern Review,  North American Review, Prairie Schooner, Paterson Literary Review, Missouri Review, Quarterly West, Southern Humanities Review, Cutthroat, Cimarron Review, Poet Lore, New Letters, The Texas Review, and many other journals.

Luisa Caycedo-Kimura is a Colombian-born poet, translator, and educator. She was the 2014 John K. Walsh Residency Fellow at The Anderson Center, the 2014 Adrienne Reiner Hochstadt Fellow at Ragdale, and a 2013 Robert Pinsky Global Fellow in Poetry (You may read about her adventures as a 2013 Global Fellow in her Alive in Spain travel blog). Luisa holds an MFA from Boston University. A former attorney, Luisa left the legal profession to pursue her passion for writing. She has received various awards for her poetry and has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. Her poems appear or are forthcoming in Sunken Garden Poetry 1992-2011, Mid-American ReviewJelly BucketConnecticut Review, Connecticut River ReviewFRIGG, PALABRASan Pedro River ReviewEllipsis… Literature and ArtCrack the SpinePilgrimage Magazine, Birch Gang Review,  and elsewhere.

December Creative Writing Awards

Wallace Stevens Poetry Prize

Deadline: December 10, 2018

Prizes: $1,000 (first); $500 (second); $250 (third)

Each year since 1964, a prominent poet has been invited to give a reading at the University of Connecticut as part of the Wallace Stevens Poetry Program. A student poetry contest is held in conjunction with that program. First, second, and third place cash prizes are awarded. Prize winners read from their work at the annual program, and winning poems will be published in the Long River Review.

Who’s Eligible

Undergraduate and graduate students from the University of Connecticut’s main and regional campuses, except previous first place winners.

Guidelines

Submit a single MS Word document containing the cover sheet followed by 5-8 pages of poems (cleanly typed, only one poem per page). This can be up to eight short poems, or several longer pieces. Please submit your work via e-mail following these guidelines. The subject line of the email must indicate the full name of the contest. Note that while your student ID number should appear on every page, your name should appear only on the cover sheet.

Aetna Translation Award

Deadline: December 10, 2018

Prize: $250

Students may submit one poem or an excerpt from a longer prose piece (maximum 1,500 words) translated into English, along with the original language version. The submission should consist of one Word document attachment: your cover sheet and your translated piece including the original language version.

Collins Literary Prizes

Deadline: December 10, 2018

Prizes: Varies Annually. The 2017–2018 awards were $2,000 each.

Awarded in memory of Edward R. and Frances S. Collins for the best undergraduate literary works. Two cash prizes are awarded, one in prose and one in poetry. Prize-winning works will be published in the Long River Review.

Who’s Eligible 

Undergraduate students at the University of Connecticut’s main and regional campuses.

Guidelines 

Please submit your work via e-mail following these guidelines. The subject line must include the full name of the contest and the genre of your submission (for example: “Collins Literary Prizes: poetry or prose”). The submission should consist of a single MS Word document that contains your cover sheet (see format) followed by your submission. (Note that while your student ID number should appear on every page of the packet, your name should appear only on the cover sheet.) Students may submit work in more than one genre but please do so in separate e-mails (in other words, do not include a short story and a poem in the same e-mail).

For this prize, please submit each piece individually.

Jennie Hackman Memorial Award for Short Fiction

Deadline: December 10, 2018

Prizes: $1,000 (first); $300 (second); $200 (third)

Awarded in memory of Jacob and Jennie Hackman for the best works of undergraduate short fiction. Up to three cash prizes awarded. Winning stories will be published in the Long River Review.

Who’s Eligible 

Undergraduate students at the University of Connecticut’s main and regional campuses.

Guidelines 

Please submit your work via e-mail following these guidelines. The subject line must include the name of the contest. The submission should consist of a single MS Word document that contains your cover sheet (see format) followed by your submission. Note that while your student ID number should appear on every page of the packet, your name should appear only on the cover sheet.

Aetna Creative Nonfiction Awards

Deadline: December 10, 2018

Prizes: Graduate $200-500; Undergraduate: $200-500

One prize each for the best graduate and undergraduate works of creative nonfiction will be awarded. Winners will receive a cash prize and will read from their work at an evening program featuring a notable guest author. Undergraduate first place winner’s work will also be published in the Long River Review.

Who’s Eligible

Graduate and undergraduate students at the University of Connecticut’s main and regional campuses.

Guidelines

Students may submit one unpublished creative nonfiction work. Please submit your work via e-mail following these guidelines. The subject line must include the name of the contest and your student status (for example: “AETNA Creative Nonfiction Awards – undergraduate”). The submission should be a single MS Word document that contains your cover sheet (see format) followed by your submission. Note that while your student ID number should appear on every page of the packet, your name should appear only on the cover sheet.

Long River Graduate Writing Award

Deadline: December 10, 2018

Prizes: $250

One cash prize awarded for the best piece of creative work in any genre written by a graduate student. The winning piece will be published in the Long River Review.

Who’s Eligible

Graduate students from any University of Connecticut department or campus.

Guidelines

Graduate students may submit prose pieces of up to 2,500 words, or for poetry, 1-3 poems. Please submit your work via e-mail following these guidelines. The subject line must include the full name of the contest and the genre of your submission (for example: “Long River Graduate Writing Award – poetry”). The submission should consist of a single MS Word document that contains your cover sheet (see format) followed by the submission. Note that while your student ID number should appear on every page of the packet, your name should appear only on the cover sheet.

Aetna Children’s Literature Award

Deadline: December 10, 2018

Prize: Graduate or Undergraduate, $250
The winning piece will be published in Long River Review.

Who’s Eligible:

Graduate and Undergraduate students from any University of Connecticut department or campus.

Guidelines

Please indicate whether you are submitting a manuscript for a picture book, a sample of children’s poetry or drama, or an excerpt from a middle-grade chapter book or a young adult novel. Limit of 3,000 words. Submit your work via e-mail following these guidelines. The subject line must include the full name of the contest and the genre of your submission (for example: “Collins Literary Prizes: poetry or prose”). The submission should consist of a single MS Word document that contains your cover sheet (see format) followed by the piece that you are submitting. Note that while your student ID number should appear on every page of the packet, your name should appear only on the cover sheet.

Wallace Stevens in Hartford: Glen MacLeod

Wednesday, November 14  —  Glen MacLeod, UConn Professor of English at Waterbury, will speak on “Wallace Stevens and Surrealism.”  The lecture will draw on the major Surrealist exhibition at the Wadsworth Atheneum, “Monsters and Myths:  Surrealism and War in the 1930s and 1940s” (October 20, 2018 – January 19, 2019).

Stevens’s first book, Harmonium (1923), records the spirit of New York Dada, a precursor of Surrealism.  During the 1930s he developed a new kind of poetry, partly in response to the full range of Surrealist art that he saw at the Wadsworth Atheneum, then the most modern museum in the United States. His breakthrough poem, “The Man with the Blue Guitar” (1937), was inspired by Picasso’s Surrealist period.

3:00 p.m. in the Hartford Times Building, Room 145.

Leigh Grossman Fiction Reading

Wednesday, November 14

Leigh Grossman/Fiction Reading

UConn Bookstore, Storrs Center, 6:00 pm

 

Sponsored by the Creative Writing Program and the UConn Bookstore.

 

Leigh Grossman is a writer, college lecturer, editor, and publishing consultant. He teaches in the English Department at the University of Connecticut and does typesetting, book development, and book production for various publishers and authors via his company, Swordsmith Productions. Grossman is the author of sixteen published books, most recently fantasy novel The Lost Daughters. He compiled and edited Sense of Wonder, the largest single-volume science fiction anthology ever produced. Previously, he was a production supervisor at Avon Books, an editor at Byron Preiss Visual Publications/Multimedia, a college-level history and writing instructor, and a reviewer for several genre magazines. He lives in northeast Connecticut with his wife and young daughter, where he serves as an elected member of two town boards.

Grossman’s writing credits include fantasy novels The Green Lion and The Golden Thorns; nonfiction works The Red Sox Fan Handbook, The Adult Student’s Guide, and The New England Museum Guide; along with several other books, and he was the original review editor for Horror magazine (where he primarily reviewed dark fantasy). He went on to write reviews for Wavelengths and Absolute Magnitude.

 

Brown Bag Talk: Sarah Winter

Winter Flyer

“Human Rights and the Novelization of Habeas Corpus in Godwin’s Caleb Williams.”

This event will take place in Austin 217 at 2:30 pm on November 14.

Sarah Winter is the author of The Pleasures of Memory: Learning to Read with Charles Dickens (Fordham UP, 2011) andFreud and the Institution of Psychoanalytic Knowledge (Stanford UP, 1999). In Spring semester 2012, she held the UConn Human Rights Institute Faculty Fellowship to work on a book project titled “A Test of Sovereignty: The Novel, Habeas Corpus, and Human Rights.” This project examines personifications of the political prisoner and the fugitive slave in Anglo-American habeas corpus jurisprudence, abolitionist writings, and the novel, in order to trace the formulation of modern legal conceptions of human rights in the long nineteenth century. Her articles have appeared in journals such as Victorian Studies, Novel: A Forum on Fiction, Cultural Critique, and Comparative Literature Studies, and she won the North American Victorian Studies Association’s Donald Gray Prize for the best article in Victorian studies from 2009 for “Darwin’s Saussure: Biosemiotics and Race in Expression,” published in Representations. Her recent teaching includes courses in Victorian literature, classical rhetoric, the modern novel, and literature and human rights. Recent lectures include invited talks at the University of Zürich and the University of Cologne, and panel presentations at conferences organized by the Society for Novel Studies, the North American Victorian Studies Association, the American Comparative Literature Association, and the Dickens Project at the University of California, Santa Cruz. She is also Co-Director of the Graduate Program in Comparative Literary and Cultural Studies and organizer of the faculty study group on Refugees, Narratives, and Media for the Research Program on Humanitarianism at the UConn Human Rights Institute.