Sculpt Yourself Launch Party!

Savy Leiser, a second-year grad student in the MAWP program, recently had her novel, Sculpt Yourself, come out through a new startup!
Come celebrate Savy at the launch party for the novel on January 25, from 6pm-8pm at DePaul in the Women’s Center: SAC 150!

For more information, visit the Facebook event page at
Congrats, Savy! The Department is proud of you!

Call for Submissions: Furrow Magazine

Furrow accepts unpublished poetry, fiction, nonfiction, art, and comics by undergraduate students from anywhere in the U.S. They award $100 prizes to the top submission in each genre. Selection is competitive. In their last issue, out of over 1,000 submissions from 41 states, they featured work from 44 student authors and artists. They produce a professional-quality, full-color journal each May and feature new work each month on their website,

To be eligible for publication in the next issue (May 2019), you must be be enrolled as an undergraduate at any U.S. college or university during any semester of the 2018-2019 academic year. Furrow will accept submissions from Dec. 1, 2018 to Feb. 20, 2019.

Please leave your name off all pages/images. Submissions are judged anonymously.

Poetry: Submit up to 5 poems, as separate files.

Fiction: Submit only 1 story, up to 5000 words, double-spaced

Nonfiction: Submit only 1 essay, up to 5000 words, double-spaced

Art: Submit up to 5 images, preferably <3MB each, with a white or transparent background

Comics: Submit up to 10 pages (we prefer black & white for comics but will consider color comics)

If you have questions, email

Writers’ League Manuscript Conference

The Writers’ League of Texas is holding a manuscript contest, with the winners in 10 categories receiving a registration to the 2019 Agents & Editors Conference ($400 value) and a one-on-one consultation with the agent who selected their manuscript as the winner. The conference is June 28-30 in Austin, TX, and brings 20-25 agents and editors to downtown Austin for three days of panels, presentations, and one-on-one consultations. Attendees and agents alike say the conference is one of their favorite events of the year.

The deadline to submit is January 31.

Anyone interested can learn more here: Questions about the contest can be directed to the Program Director or to the Contest Coordinator Sara Kocek (

Scholarships Available for the MFA at UMKC

The MFA Program at the University of Missouri-Kansas City has multiple fellowships, graduate teaching assistantships, and scholarships to award to incoming students for the 2019-2020 academic year.

UMKC’s Interdisciplinary MFA in Creative Writing & Media Arts is an exciting studio-research program that combines intensive workshops with literature and craft classes to foster discovery and mastery in creative writing. Their writers choose both a primary and secondary focus from five areas of study: poetry, fiction, nonfiction, playwriting, and screenwriting. Students are supported by award-winning faculty and UMKC’s outstanding resources: five reading series; opportunities to work with New Letters Magazine and New Letters on the Air, workshops with esteemed visiting writers, and various internships with a network of professional partners, including LitHub. Students may enroll full or part time. This 42-credit hour program is designed to promote life-long learning and creative engagement with academic and professional communities and beyond. There are several types of funding available, including $25,000 Durwood Fellowships, Graduate Teaching Assistantships, and Creative Writing Scholarships. Additional information, and a link to the online application, is available at:

Minnesota Northwoods Writers Conference

Minnesota Northwoods Writers Conference ~ June 17-23 ~ Scholarships available!

Scholarship Application Deadline January 25, 2019

This summer, the Minnesota Northwoods Writers Conference, which prides itself on its award-winning teaching faculty, will offer five intensive week-long workshops, and Terrance Hayes will be our Distinguished Visiting Writer.Peter Orner will lead the fiction workshop. Dustin Parsons will lead the creative non-fiction workshop. Two poetry workshops will be led by Camille Dungy and Ada Limón.  Aimee Nezhukumatathil will lead a workshop exploring hybrid poetry and creative non-fiction.

The conference takes place at Bemidji State University—a small university on a big lake in a small town in northern Minnesota—the perfect place to write and be in the company of others committed to learning and teaching the craft of writing. Join in Monday through Sunday, June 17-23. More information is available at

The Conference Fee is $650 and includes a daily workshop limited to 12 participants, daily craft talks, publishing and editor Q&As, afternoon events, and five conference meals. An Auditor Option is available for $150 and includes all conference amenities and events offered during the week, but does not include participation in a workshop.

$400 scholarships will be awarded toward the workshop fee. Scholarship awards in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction are based on need and literary merit and intended to lower financial barriers for writers. There is also a scholarship for Minnesota residents. The deadline is January 25th. There is no application fee. Visit to learn more.

Recreational activities include boating, biking, hiking, and the campus fitness center, or relax at the beach and picnic among the pines in Diamond Point Park. Explore scenic Lake Bemidji and visit the source of the Mississippi River. Stay on campus within walking distance of all conference activities in the air-conditioned suites of Linden Hall ($220/week per person). Wi-Fi and high speed Internet are standard. This intimate conference is a great opportunity for writers to study their craft and come together in a supportive and enthusiastic community!

Any questions regarding the conference or scholarship opportunities may be addressed to

Call for Submissions: Elizabeth R. Curry Poetry Contest

SLAB is announcing a final call for fresh voices to publish in their literary magazine. SLAB is published annually by the English Department of Slippery Rock University, and they are currently seeking entrants for the Elizabeth R. Curry Poetry Contest. Kathy Fagan will be the judge for this year and the first-place winner will receive $600, publication in SLAB, and a limited edition, hand-bound chapbook of the winner’s poetry. There is a $10 reading fee and the deadline is December 1st.

If you have any questions or would like a sample issue, please email .