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.