Call for Submissions: Orange Couch at UCWbL

Orange Couch, a new literary magazine created and run by tutors at the UCWbL, is currently open for submissions!

Anyone who would like to submit to the magazine should make an appointment with a tutor or attend one of the facilitated Writers Guild meetings to revise their writing before submitting it. If an appointment or meeting is not made, the submission cannot be accepted. Directions to submit are as follows:

Send an email to theorangecouchmag@gmail.com with the following:
1. A subject line that includes “Submission”, its genre, and your full name
2. The pieces(s) you’d like to submit in a Word or PDF file (3 pieces max., 10 pages max. per piece)
3. The date and time of the appointment or Writers Guild meeting in which you worked on each piece
4. A brief biography about yourself as the writer, as well as a brief reflection about the revision process.

Orange Couch is taking submissions until the tentative date of May 1st. Questions should be directed here: http://theorangecouch.chicagolandwritingcenters.org

Remote Opportunity: NYU Summer Writing Intensive

NYU has announced that all summer programs and courses will be held remotely. They will now offer all of their popular summer writing programs in a virtual format as the online “NYU Summer Writing Intensive.”

The program will offer 8 credits in 4 weeks and feature NYU’s world-class faculty including Catherine Barnett, Nathan Englander, Jonathan Safran Foer, John Freeman, Katie Kitamura, Hari Kunzru, Robin Coste Lewis, Meghan O’Rourke, Matthew Rohrer, and Darin Strauss, and a stellar line-up of visiting writers and editors, including Terrance Hayes, Maggie Nelson, and Joyce Carol Oates.

Students may choose between enrolling in Session I (June 1–June 25) or Session II (June 29-July 23), or may enroll in both sessions. Each student will take a Writing Workshop and a Craft Seminar in fiction, poetry, or creative nonfiction. Courses are small, to allow for personalized attention and an immersive experience.

Directions for students interested in the Intensive can be found here under “How to Apply.” Please note that the Visiting Student Application deadline for Session 1 is THIS FRIDAY, APRIL 24. The deadline for Session 2 is June 1.

Please email creative.writing@nyu.edu with questions or to request more information.

Call for Submissions: They Call Us Flawed

They Call Us Flawed, a new feminist zine from DePaul English students, is seeking poems and short stories about beauty standards for their next issue.

Those interested should send submissions to KailahPeters@gmail.com with the subject line “They Call Us Flawed Submission” by May 12.

Call for Self-Nominations to the English Distinction Program

The English Department is seeking self-nominations from students who would like to be considered for the Distinction Program. Students who are invited to the Distinction Program are eligible to take Master’s-level courses in the English Department and can earn “Distinction in English”; those who earn Distinction will be honored with a certificate in June of the year in which they graduate, and will have “Distinction in English” noted on their final transcript. To earn Distinction, students in the program must complete three activities that demonstrate excellence in Creative Writing or Literary Studies beyond what is expected in the ordinary curriculum; such activities might include taking graduate-level courses, presenting papers or creative work at conferences, publishing work in competitive journals, or participating in the Newberry Library Undergraduate Seminar.

Students who would like to be considered for the program must:

· Have a minimum of a 3.7 GPA or be in the University Honors Program.
· Be English majors.
· Plan to graduate by March 2021.
· Email Professor Conary (jennifer.conary@depaul.edu) expressing interest in the program.

The faculty of the English Department will invite students from among those who self-nominate and those who meet the basic GPA and credit hour requirements based on the students’ academic performance within upper-level English courses; only students who have demonstrated an exceptional level of intellectual and creative engagement, a strong work ethic, and a high level of maturity will be invited to the program.

Self-nominations should be submitted to Professor Conary at jennifer.conary@depaul.edu by noon on Friday, May 1st. Please include your student ID number and your concentration within the major (Literary Studies or Creative Writing), along with a few sentences explaining why you would like to be considered for the program. If you have any questions about the program, please contact Professor Conary.

The Spring English Conference is going virtual this year!

In lieu of our annual in-person Spring English conference, the English department is now accepting submissions from students for a new 2020 Spring English Conference online launching June 1! 

This is an excellent opportunity for students to showcase their work and to share it with a positive, supportive community of DePaul faculty and peers. This year’s presentations will come in the form of pre-recorded videos posted on the Spring English Conference Website. Each video will be five minutes in length and may be in (but not limited to) the following areas:

Fiction

Creative Nonfiction

Poetry

Literary Analysis

Pedagogical and Literary Theory

Publishing, Professional, and Teaching Practices

Submission deadline: May 11, 2020.

The conference is eligible for easy distinction credit and looks fantastic on a resume. Full guidelines on how to submit a piece of writing for virtual presentation attached: Spring English Conference Guidelines.

Deadline Extended: Miller Audio Prize from Missouri Review

The 13th Annual Miller Audio Competition has been extended through April 30.
 
Prizes remain the same: the winner in each category of Poetry, Prose, Audio Documentary, and Humor receives $1,000 along with publication on Missouri Review‘s website and promotion on their social media platforms. Runners-up in each category will also have their work published on the website in the summer of 2020. More than slick production, they are looking for good, exciting, and compelling writing in all four categories.
 
The Miller Audio Prize remains to be pay-by-donation at $16, $25, or $30. All entrants in the Miller Audio Prize Contest will receive a one-year digital subscription to the Missouri Review (normally $24) as well as a free download of an e-book from Missouri Review Books.
 
For full details and to enter, please see the Missouri Review website

 
The competition is thrilled to have Alex Sujong Laughlin as a final judge this year. Laughlin is a journalist and writer who works in multiple mediums. By day, she works at a producer at Transmitter Media, and in her spare time she writes fiction and essays about identity and technology. She teaches interactive journalism at the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism and collects rejection letters at @hellorejection.

Call for Student Writing

The English Department is looking for student writing for inclusion in the English Department newsletter. Photos are optional but welcome.

If you would like to be included in the newsletter, please send your work the Department Assistant, Marc Schell at mschell2@depaul.edu

Please note: Newsletter contribution is voluntary. We are not currently offering compensation for student writing.

Call for Student Writers: Faculty Interviews

The English Department is looking for students interested in interviewing a faculty member on their recent accomplishments for inclusion in the English Department newsletter.

If interested, please contact the Department Assistant, Marc Schell at mschell2@depaul.edu.

Please note: Newsletter contribution is voluntary. We are not currently offering compensation for interviews.

Call for Papers: Creating Knowledge

Please find attached the 2020 Call for Papers from the English department for publication in the DePaul LAS journal, Creating Knowledge.

If you would like to have your essay considered for publication, please email a copy of your paper as a Word document to Professor Jennifer Conary at jennifer.conary@depaul.edu by noon on Monday, April 20th. Details on submission requirements are included in the attachment.

Congrats to Kathleen Rooney!

Congratulations to our very own Kathleen Rooney, who has received a Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) Grant from the City of Chicago!

The grant will support Kathleen’s visit to the Margaret Herrick Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Library in Los Angeles to research a novel when it is safe to travel again. Kudos!