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Submit to Creative Writing Contests!

Wallace Stevens Poetry Prize—Deadline: December 8, 2017

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 8, 2017—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 8, 2017

Prizes: Varies Annually. The 2013–2014 awards were more than $600 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: Dec. 8, 2017

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 8, 2017

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 8, 2017

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 8, 2017

Prize: Graduate or Undergraduate, $200 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.

Mollie Kervick to Read Poetry

MOLLIE KERVICK TO READ POETRY DEC. 3 AT ARTS CENTER EAST, VERNON

 VERNON—Poetry Rocks!, a new quarterly poetry series in Vernon, will finish its inaugural year with a reading by award-winning poet, Kate Rushin. The event, hosted by Arts Center East, will take place Sunday, Dec. 3, 2:00 p.m., at 709 Hartford Turnpike. The event is open to the public, and also features UCONN’s Mollie Kervick and Rockville High School’s Tanner Bosse.

Kate Rushin, (BA, Oberlin College; MFA, Brown University) writer, editor and Pushcart Prize-nominated author of The Black Back-Ups, has received fellowships from The Artists Foundation, The Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown and the Cave Canem, and a tuition scholarship from The Bread Loaf Writers Conference. She has taught at UMASS-Boston, M.I.T., Brown University, Wesleyan University and has led poetry workshops for The Mark Twain House and Poetry Out Loud. Her work is widely anthologized and has been published in Sunken Garden Poetry, “Callaloo” and “The Cape Cod Poetry Review.” Kate performs her poetry with Nat Reeves State of Emergency. She serves on the Poetry Committee of the Sunken Garden Poetry Festival, the James Merrill House Committee and The CT Poetry Circuit

 Mollie Kervick is a second-year PhD student in English at the University of Connecticut. She is currently researching motherhood and mothering in recent Irish women’s writing. A Connecticut native, Mollie did her undergrad at Bates College in Maine and completed her Masters at Boston College. Her creative writing has been featured in Knee-Jerk magazine, the Paradise Review, Torrid Literary Journal, and on Irishcentral.com.

The poets are co-sponsored by The Vernon Arts Commission. For more information about the poetry series, please call its director, Pegi Deitz Shea, at 860-878-7016, or email pegideitzshea@aol.com.

Arts Center East is a non-profit organization committed to enriching lives and enhancing economic development by bringing the arts to the diverse community east of the river through education, events, exhibits and performances. It is located at 709 Hartford Turnpike. (Rte. 30), Vernon CT www.artscentereast.org (860) 971-8222

 

EGSA COR talk

The EGSA Professional Development Committee hosts its Fall 2017 COR Talk, “Authority, Adaptation, and Appropriation,” at 2:30 in the Stern Lounge. We welcome both graduate student and faculty to join us for a roundtable discussion with Bre Leake, Meghan Burns, and Melissa Rohrer. This will be a conversation that crosses boundaries of specialization and period and provides an opportunity for all involved to consider how we each can make our work legible to one another. We hope to see you there!

 

 

Amanda Marrone: “When a Seat-of-the-Pantser Embraces Plotting– Sort Of”

Young adult novelist Amanda Marrone will be presenting “When a Seat-of-the-Pantser Embraces Plotting– Sort Of” on November 8, at 6:00pm, in Austin 247. Marrone is the author of UninvitedRevealersDevoured, and Slayed, and her middle school series, The Magic Repair Shop Books, includes the titles The Multiplying MenaceThe Shape-Shifter’s Curse, and Master of Mirrors. For more information about Amanda Marrone, visit her website.