Creating Knowledge Essay Competition

pencil-2026452_1280The English department is now seeking submissions for the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences’ annual student 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 Jennifer Conary at by 6:00 pm on  May 1st; 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 or for the Newberry Seminar would be excellent options
  • Have been written in a course in the English department or the Newberry Seminar
  • Be under 5,000 words
  • Be formatted according to MLA standards and include a works cited page

If you have any questions, please contact Professor Conary at


Annual Nonfiction Prose Contest Seeks College Writers

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Arch Street Press is hosting a writing contest to find America’s best college writer of nonfiction. This contest is open to undergraduates and graduates between the ages of 18 and 30 who have not had a work of nonfiction prose published previously.  Each winner will receive a contract, a mentor, and $1,000 in cash. Arch Street Press is an independent nonprofit company interested in sparking interest in nonfiction writing and in supporting up and coming young writers. Interested writers should submit a manuscript of up to 5,000 words (no longer) and proof of college enrollment. Manuscripts can be submitted via email or mail. Additional submission instructions can be found at


Mid-April reminders and upcoming events

The Underground is bringing you more DePaul reminders and events as
your spring quarter kicks off this April!

It’s coming up quickly…reminder: April 14th, this Sunday, is the last day to drop classes for the spring quarter.


Interested in Student Essay Contest? Have some time to write this weekend?
Consider submitting your work to the MLK, jr. Essay Contest. Submissions are due this Monday, April 15th. There is a $500 prize for the best undergraduate paper. See for submission guidelines. Check out the flyer below for more information.



Join your friends and classmates with at the Aloud! Student Reading this upcoming Tuesday, April 16th, from 4:30-6:00 p.m. in the Student Center. The event will be hosted by the University Center for Writing-based Learning.  Current graduate students Maria HlohowskyjDavid MathewsJillian Merrifield, and Raul Palma, alum Matthew Fledderjohann, and undergraduate students Elizabeth KerperRichard RodriguezAnnie Baldwin are appearing along with others. Be sure to check out this on-campus event!

The DePaul Activities Board invites you to Brownstone’s Cafe on Wednesday, April 17th, at 6:00pm for an event that showcases Award-Winning Spoken Word Poet, Andrea Gibson. Her work covers topics ranging from love, war, class, sexuality, and spirituality. Come and experience spoken words!


On Thursday, April 18th from 6:00-7:30pm, please join fellow undergraduates and faculty for the National Poetry Month Undergraduate Reading in Richardson 115 with readings by undergraduate writers. The event will open with a brief musical performance, and each poet will read for 5-7 minutes. Come support your classmates and friends!


More upcoming events and reminders to come your way!

More Upcoming Events and Illinois Emerging Writer’s Competition


DePaul Career Center is presenting Liberal Arts Week from April 8th – 12th. The Career Center is providing a new week-long series of events for LAS students including workshops, panels and job fairs.

Register for Liberal Arts Week events on, event type: “Liberal Arts Week”. For more information on Liberal Arts Week, how to register, and more please visit: 




Professor Barrie Jean Borich will be reading her work, Body Geographic, at 7:30pm on Friday, April 12th at Women & Children First located at 5233 N. Clark St.. Come out and support Dr. Borich!


The Illinois Emerging Writers 2013 Competition Gwendolyn Brooks Poetry Award promotes creative writing while providing a unique opportunity and outlet for recognizing new literary talent in the state.

The competition is open to unpublished Illinois residents age 18 and over. Cash prizes will be awarded for the winning entries: $500-first place, $300-second place and $100-third place. Winning poems also will be submitted for possible publication in Ninth Letter, RHINO, and Quiddity magazines and Poetic License Press publications.

If you have any questions about the Illinois Emerging Writers Competition, please contact Bonnie Matheis, the Coordinator of the Illinois Center for the Book.

The competition will, once again, welcome poetry entries. Entries must be postmarked by June 30, 2013. Winners will be officially announced in early November 2013.

Check out their flyer  and the competition’s entry form. For more information, visit the competition’s website:


Are you a DePaul student and also a parent? DePaul is hosting a Conference for Students with Children on May 4th from 9am to 2pm in the Lincoln Park Student Center.


March Reminders and Events

Today from 4-9pm, the symposium, Race, Representation, Resistance: Cultural Criticism in the Digital Age will be taking place in the Cortelyou Commons featuring Francesca Royster, Lewis Gordon, and Armon White. Take advantage of this free event hosted by the African & Black Diaspora Studies Program if you have a moment today! For more info:


Threshold, DePaul’s Literary Magazine, is extending their deadline for submissions through this Friday, March 8th at 11:59 p.m. Guidelines are the same as before and can be found on Threshold‘s tumblr account. Don’t miss out on this opportunity–this is your last chance to submit your work to DePaul’s student-run publication!


The Summer Literary Seminar Unified Literary Contest has extended their Submission Deadline to Saturday, March 9th! You can check out their website for more information on submitting and guidelines.

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Sigma Tau Delta is hosting Passionate Professors event on Tuesday, March 12th, from 5-7pm in Arts & Letters Hall, Room 202. Featured speakers will include Barrie Jean Borich and Christine Sneed.


In case you missed out on the Book Release Party, you have another opportunity to see Christine Sneed read from her new work, Little Known Facts this upcoming Wednesday, March 13th, at 5:30pm for a reception followed by her reading at 6:00pm in the DePaul Student Center, Room 314. This free event is hosted by the DePaul Humanities Center’s New Voices in the Humanities series.
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A bilingual press called, 7Vientos (7 Winds) is hosting a Book Release Launch for Saturnalia by Rey Andújar on Friday, March 15th, from 7:30-9:30pm in the Courtelyou Commons, 2324 N. Fremont. The free event is co-sponsored by the DePaul English Department.

The press translates into English important Spanish literary pieces. All the texts are in hardcover and feature artists’ designs printed directly onto the hardcover itself. One half of the book is printed in English, while the other is in Spanish.

Rey Andújar’s work challenges the monotony of our surroundings and when his talent is blended with 7V’s ambitions the result is his provocative, funny, disturbing, sad, and triumphant Saturnalia.  The collection of fourteen short stories has been translated into English by Kolin Jordan.

Rey Andújar is a Dominican writer and performer who currently resides in Chicago. His books have won various awards including The International Award from Casa de Teatro, for his book of short stories, El factor carne (Isla Negra, 2005); Puerto Rican Pen Club Award for his novel, Candela (Alfaguara, 2007); The Story Award from the International Book Fair in Santo Domingo for Amoricidio (Agentes Catalíticos, 2007); The Ultramar Letters Award (New York, 2011) for Saturnalia, and most recently Adújar won the Cuento y Poesía Consenso Award at Northeastern University.



The Department of Catholic Studies invites all DePaul undergraduates to submit papers written on topics in Catholicism. The best essay writer will be awarded the Prendergast Medal, an award of $3000, and will be published in the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences journal, Creating Knowledge. You can access the Prendergast Medal 2013 Guidelines for this year’s L.C. Prendergast award.

Submissions must be papers written for courses at DePaul University in Catholic Studies courses, or any other courses taken at DePaul between Winter Quarter 2012 and Winter Quarter 2013. Student can also submit new essays written for the competition. Submitted papers must be on a Catholic topic. The deadline is April 12, 2013.

Students should email papers to as word attachments with the subject line “Prendergast Medal 2013”.


More enrichment opportunities for you!

Check out these upcoming enrichment opportunities:

Digital Humanities Speaker presents on Feb. 6th
Digital Humanities Speaker presents on Feb. 6th


WRD 5th Annual Student Conference
WRD 5th Annual Student Conference


Call for Papers: Global Voices -- April 15th
Call for Papers: Global Voices — April 15th


Writing the “L”: The Midwest Writing Centers Association Conference in Chicago 2013
October 17-19, 2013
Holiday Inn Chicago/North Shore – Skokie, IL
Hosted by the Chicagoland Area Writing Centers Association (CWCA)

(College of Lake County, Columbia College Chicago, DePaul University, Harold Washington College, North Park University, Northeastern Illinois University, and Wheaton College)

Featured Speakers:  Ben Rafoth, director of the Writing Center, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and Mary Adams Trujillo, professor of Intercultural Communication & Conflict Transformation, North Park University.

Chicago’s beloved “L”—the elevated train system—is the bloodstream of the city in that it functions as a lifeline connecting people to each other for work, education, family, friends, and fun. The L’s iconic map delineates how each colorful line of this public transportation system branches out to most of the varied and diverse neighborhoods and leads back to the “Loop”—the heart and downtown of Chicago. We see the L as a ripe metaphor for the work we do as peer writing tutors and administrators. Our programs may be structured differently, our staff come from a range of backgrounds, the writers we work with are diverse, and the ways we work with writers may be varied, but, at the end of the line, we all end up—sooner or sometimes much later–in the same place with the goal to help people become better writers.

Just as the L connects these diverse and varied neighborhoods, so we as peer writing tutors, administrators, and programs have the opportunity to help writers understand and connect with the variety of modalities that are available in today’s digitized educational environments. In addition, we are constantly finding new ways through technology to make our services available to writers—through online chat forums, written feedback via email, and even video chat—in addition to the use of technology within more “traditional” face-to-face appointments. Thus, just as the “L” is constantly undergoing renovation and expansion, our work as tutors has begun to focus on the new and changing modalities that we and other writers work with today.

Beyond mapping modalities, the 2013 MWCA conference also invites submissions that address themes of connectivity and diversity. How can peer writing tutors build rapport with writers? How can our programs forge meaningful connections with programs across campus or in the community? What does diversity look like in our programs? How can we diversify our strategies? How can we better meet the needs of increasingly diverse student populations? What place does linguistic diversity have in our programs?

Proposal Deadline

Monday, April 1, 2013

Possible Formats

Concurrent session periods will be 75 minutes long, and proposed sessions may take any of the following forms:

Individual Presentations (20 minutes each – will be grouped with 2 other individual presentations)
Panel Presentations
Fishbowl presentations
Performances Pieces

Also welcome are proposals for:
Special Interest Groups (SIGs)

Possible Topics

(Including but not limited to) Administration, Assessment, Community college writing center issues, High school writing center issues, Innovative practices, Multilingual writers, Reflecting on/questioning current practices, Social justice, Space/location, Technology, Tutor education/ development, WAC/WID and writing centers, Writing fellows, Writing center research, Writing center theory

Proposal Submission

Proposals, which include a 50-word abstract and a 500-word narrative description, will undergo blind review.  Proposals should be submitted using the online proposal form at the MWCA Profile, accessible through the MWCA website under Membership.  Proposals should be as specific as possible about the role of the presenters, the participation of others in attendance, and the contribution the session makes to writing center studies. Proposals can be submitted beginning Friday, February 1, 2013 and the deadline for proposal submission is Monday, April 1, 2013.

For annotated samples of successful proposals from previous MWCA conferences, please see the MWCA 2013 conference website.

Questions about the call for proposals may be directed to the following people:

Carol Martin, Chair of the Executive Board of MWCA and Director of the Writing Center at North Park University via e-mail ( or phone (773-244-4918).

Rachel Holtz, Treasurer of the MWCA and Coordinator of Academic Writing Support Services for the Center for Academic Writing at Northeastern Illinois University via e-mail ( or phone (773-442-4491)

For more information about the conference itself, please check the official MWCA 2013 conference website