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Upcoming Book by DePaul Alum, Zhanna Slor: Breakfall

Author of At The End of the World, Turn Left, Zhanna Slor’s upcoming book Breakfall is a domestic thriller about a young mother, fresh off a divorce, whose sultry affair with a married police officer leads to a scandal, but when people at her Jiu Jitsu gym start dying and disappearing, the only connection is Mina herself. 

To be published by Agora Books and released in Spring 2023

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Apprenticeship at One Story

One Story has an exciting opportunity for a rising college senior or class of ’22 grad: a paid apprenticeship.

This position is ideal for a young person who hopes to work in the publishing or non-profit sector. They are specifically seeking applicants from backgrounds traditionally underrepresented in the publishing industry.

This is an opportunity to gain valuable skills and forge connections with peers and potential employers. In addition to experience gained from day-to-day tasks, the apprentice will receive specialized training in marketable skill sets such as design and production, project management, social media and marketing, proofreading and copyediting, online pedagogy best practices, and others.

The goal is for the apprentice to leave their time with One Story with industry connections and a diverse and varied set of skills that will make their resumes stand out to future employers. The apprenticeship runs from September 2022 to May 2023.

The time commitment for this position is 15 hours a week. An exact schedule will be determined upon hiring, but the apprentice should expect to spend at least one full day a week in the office, with the rest of the work done remotely. They will receive regular performance reviews to help ensure that they are getting the most out of the experience. They should reside within commuting distance of our office in Gowanus, Brooklyn.

The apprentice will be paid stipend totaling $10,000 for the 9 month period. 

Applications are due May 16th. For more information, and to apply, visit their website.

Thank you!

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Professor Kathleen Rooney’s Newest Poetry Collection

Professor Rooney’s latest poetry collection, which won the XJ Kennedy Prize from Texas Review Press, is coming out this Fall and is now available for pre-order through TRPAmazon, and B&N. 

You can read more about it through the links and in these blurbs:

“In Kathleen Rooney’s Where are the Snows, profound and hilarious stanzas underpin a philosophy for living in an era that feels post-claiming-to-be-post-anything. The book is both a modern pastoral with startled, awestruck observations about everything from the economy to Wednesdays and a deeply emotional elegy for a complicated, yet beloved, spirituality. Rooney’s adroit use of language reveals how nostalgia and history are their own kinds of mysticism and—my favorite—that time itself is just a metaphysical joke. I mean, c’mon, her dedication reads: To the future. Rooney is at her funniest in this book, and in all the best ways: subversive, nerdy, and tragic. You won’t believe how saintly I’ve become. She writes. Big halo energy. This is a great book.”
— Sommer Browning, Author of Good Actors 

“Reading Kathleen Rooney’s Where Are The Snows is refreshing. Here is a book unafraid to face the various crises of the world and admit it might not work out. The magic of Rooney’s writing is its lightness: funny, playful, cynical, indulgently dark, and poignant, Where Are The Snows is always delightful. I promise you won’t be able to stop reading these poems.”
—José Olivarez, Author of Citizen Illegal 

“Kathleen Rooney’s Where Are the Snows is a book of investigative improvisation—interested in the loss and whereabouts of everyday goodness, the futility of contemporary politics and capitalism, the transience of joy and sorrow. Her supercharged lyrics pulse with interruption, iteration, and inference. They juxtapose absurd facts and self-deprecating queries with the timing of a standup comedian. Half heartbreaking, half hilarious, this book is 100% punk rock.”
—Marcus Wicker, author of Silencer 

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Call for Papers: Creating Knowledge Submit by 5 pm on Friday, May 6, 2022

The English department is now seeking submissions for the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences’ undergraduate research journal, Creating Knowledge. Faculty members from the English department will choose one essay to represent the department in this year’s publication.  If you would like to have your essay considered for publication, please email a copy of your paper as a Word document to Professor Rebecca Cameron at rcameron@depaul.edu by 5 pm on Friday, May 6th. Please include your full name and student ID number in the body of the email. Your essay must meet the following requirements:

  • Include original research using primary and/or secondary sources; papers written in Research Intensive courses, Independent Studies, or the Newberry Seminar would be excellent options.
  • Have been written in a course in the English department or in the Newberry Seminar.
  • Be between 3000 and 5000 words.
  • Be formatted according to MLA standards and include a works cited page.

If you have any questions, please contact Professor Rebecca Cameron at rcameron@depaul.edu.

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National Book Critics Circle Emerging Critics Fellowship: Call for Applications

The National Book Critics Circle’s general or student membership is available, as well as mentorship through their program, the National Book Critics Circle Emerging Critics Fellowship, which seeks to identify, nurture, and support the development of the next generation of book critics. Applications open Friday, April 8.

In addition to the Emerging Critics Fellowship, the National Book Critics Circle honors outstanding writing and fosters a national conversation about reading, criticism, and literature. They serve nearly 800 member critics, authors, literary bloggers, book publishing professionals, student members, and friends, offering access to tips on book reviewing, an annually updated guide to publications that accept freelance pitches for reviews, plus a variety of discounts on literary magazines. Members also have the opportunity to nominate titles for their annual awards and to serve as a judge for the John Leonard Prize for Best First Book and the new translation award, as well as to elect board members. You can learn more about what we do at bookcritics.org. Information about NBCC membership, including our $15 student membership, can be found at bookcritics.org/membership/.

The Emerging Critics Fellowship is open to critics of all ages and experience who seek to review and write about books for print and digital outlets. Applicants may or may not have previously published book reviews. The NBCC seeks a broad range of diverse applicants, especially those who have demonstrated a genuine interest and commitment to engaging in a critical conversation about books. The NBCC Emerging Critics Program is an interactive, participatory program guided by the philosophy that critical thought can be fostered and enriched through dialogue within a cohort of similarly-interested critics. 

Emerging Critics Fellowship benefits:
– One-on-one mentorship from board members
– Small group Q&A with board members
– Small group professional development/ craft lectures over Zoom
– NBCC membership/ dues waived for 1 year

The NBCC is interested in encouraging people who are great thinkers and writers but who need support along the path to becoming an active critic. Their fellowship aims to break down financial and geographical barriers for emerging critics. In particular, BIPOC critics, LGBTQIA+ critics, critics with disabilities, and critics from historically resilient communities are encouraged to apply. Information about the fellowship application can be found at bookcritics.org/emerging-critics/fellowship/.

Applications are due Friday, May 6. If you are interested in learning more about the fellowship or have questions about the application process, please join a short informational Zoom session on Friday, April 22 at 7:00 PM ET. Register at tinyurl.com/ECF22.

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William Faulkner Literary Competition Open Now

The William Faulkner Literary Competition 2022 is now accepting entries in the areas of Novel, Short Story, One Act Play and Poetry.

Details are:

Novel
Entry Fee of $50
Deadline July 15, 2022
Winner receives $2000

One Act Play
Entry Fee of $20
Deadline July 31, 2022
First Place receives $600
Second Place receive $300
Third Place receives $200

Poetry
Entry Fee of $20
Deadline July 31, 2022
First Place receives $600
Second Place receive $300
Third Place receives $200

Short Story
Entry Fee of $20
Deadline July 31, 2022
First Place receives $600
Second Place receive $300
Third Place receives $200

For rules and how to enter, go to www.williamfaulknerliterarycompetition.com 

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Submit Your Poetry!

The Arkansas International, a literary magazine sponsored by The University of Arkansas Graduate Program in Creative Writing and Translation, invites you to submit to their C.D. Wright Emerging Poet’s Prize, with a grand prize of $1,000 and publication and an Editor’s Choice prize of $250 and publication.

The Arkansas International is incredibly excited to announce that this year’s contest is being judged by award-winning poet Patricia Smith. 

More information can be found at https://www.arkint.org/cd-wright-prize

If you have any questions, reach out to publicity@arkint.org

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The Annual DePaul Pop Culture Conference is May 7th & This Year’s Focus is Sherlock Holmes. Students & Faculty Are Welcome to Submit Work by March 1st

Submission site: https://depaul.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_4Tay3ar5B3vSsoSDePaul Pop Culture Conference
A Celebration of Sherlock Holmes
May 07, 2022 (Saturday)
DePaul Loop Campus
popcultureconference.com
Keynote Speakers: Sherlock production designer Arwel Wyn Jones, Dr. Tom Ue of Dalhousie University, Dr. Ashley Polasek

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Save the Date for March 24: The Chicago Literary Hall of Fame will present the Fuller Award for lifetime achievement to Ana Castillo

Acclaimed author Ana Castillo will be awarded the Chicago Literary Hall of Fame’s Fuller Award for her lifetime achievement as an author, activist, educator, and scholar. She joins an illustrious list of 11 other Chicago writers to receive the award. Poet Mark Turcottewill emcee the ceremony; author Sandra Jackson-Okopu and scholar Jane Hseu will be among the speakers; actor/director Henry Godinez will perform a reading; and author/publisher Christine Rice will lead a conversation with Ana. In addition to the American Writers Museum, several partners will present the award alongside the Chicago Literary Hall of Fame, including the Guild Literary Complex, DePaul University, Dominican University, Hypertext Magazine, and Hilton/Asmus Contemporary.

This is an in-person event. Proof of vaccination along with a valid ID are required to enter. Masks that cover your nose and mouth are also required throughout the American Writers Museum regardless of vaccination status. This program will also be livestreamed, register for the live online broadcast here.

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Tomorrow: Prof. Marcy Dinius’s New Book

This is a reminder about this exciting event tomorrow evening with Professor Marcy Dinius. The direct Zoom link is below:
 
https://depaul.zoom.us/j/92605727105?pwd=UUpsS0NBT0NhMzJoRUMzaEVNcUNaQT09
 
Join Professor Marcy Dinius for a discussion of her new book: “The Textual Effects of David Walker’s ‘Appeal’: Print-Based Activism Against Slavery, Racism, and Discrimination, 1829-1851”, due out from the University of Pennsylvania Press in April! The event is Wednesday, February 23 from 4:30-5:30 on Zoom. Join us!
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Submit Your Writing to The Foundationalist: Any Genre, Including Work Written For Class

The Foundationalist accepts is a literary journal at the University of Iowa which aims to publish quality work from undergraduates across the country. They have published works from across the globe; giving writers the opportunity to join a community of over 125+ other authors from 70+ universities. They are currently seeking submissions from Volume VII.

The Foundationalist accepts undergraduate literary essays, poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction, including anything that had been written for class. There are no page limits or themes. They simply want students to submit their best work! If selected, the author’s writing will be published on academia.edu and in print format.

The deadline is March 20th, 2022 at midnight. More information can be found on http://www.thefoundationalist.com and submissions and other queries can be sent to thefoundationalist@gmail.com

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Submit to Collision Literary Magazine

Collision Literary Magazine is dedicated to publishing well-crafted, previously unpublished undergraduate work. It encourages experimentation in form and structure, whether in poetry, creative nonfiction, fiction, or art.

Collision is currently open for submissions of undergraduate fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and art. By submitting to the annual magazine, you will be considered for their writing and cover art contests. 

Submissions for the annual magazine close Friday, February 25, but they read on a rolling basis. You can find more information about the magazine and our submission guidelines at https://www.collision.pitt.edu

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Submit Your Work: DEADLINE EXTENDED TO FEBRUARY 15th

Equinox, a student-run journal of contemporary literature and art at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, is currently accepting submissions from undergraduate students across the United States. For fifty years, Equinox has been publishing creative writing from the Arkansas region and beyond. Each year, Equinox awards the David Jauss Fiction Prize and the Jo McDougall Poetry Prize to best work. Please visit their submissions page at https://ualr.edu/english/equinox/submit-to-equinox/ for more information.  

The submissions deadline has been extended to February 15, 2022. They accept fiction, poetry, hybrid writing, short screenplays, and visual art.

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New Podcast: DePaul Alum Interviews Professionals with Liberal Arts Advanced Degrees Working Outside Their Fields of Study.

MAWP alum Jesse Butts has started a podcast,  The Work Seminar, devoted to liberal arts advanced degree holders considering work outside their fields of study.

Jesse writes: “In each episode, I interview MAs, MFAs, PhDs, and the like who’ve done exactly that. Some guests have migrated to adjacent fields, and others have landed in (seemingly) unrelated occupations. We explore their journeys from grad school to their new lines of work; reflect on work’s role in their lives, passion vs. practicality, and their philosophy of work; and share advice for listeners uncertain of what’s next.”

The show is available on all major podcast players, including Apple PodcastsSpotify, and Stitcher.

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The Chicago Poetry Center: Reading & Workshop TONIGHT at 6:30 PM

Join The Chicago Poetry Center for a free night of poetry! The Blue Hour Poetry Reading and Workshop is tonight at 6:30 pm! Featuring poets Andy Sia and Matthew Olzmann, his latest book “Constellation Route” is out this month. https://www.poetrycenter.org/january-19-matthew-olzmann-andy-sia/