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.

sls united literary context


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.
Little Known Facts


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


Publishing Opportunities: November & December Deadlines

Want to have your work published? There are ample opportunities to get your work out there!
Submission deadlines are fast approaching…don’t miss out. 

The Allegheny Review 
Deadline: November 26, 2012
Submissions are only accepted by undergraduate students. A $5 entry fee covers a one-year subscription and eligibility for our prose and poetry awards. Winners receive a $250 prize and publication in our journal. Pieces submitted as regular submissions without the entry fee are eligible for publication, but they will not be considered for our annual awards. If you are submitting work from more than one genre, please send each submission separately with a separate entry fee.
For more information:

Glass Mountain Magazine Contest
Deadline for Fall Issue: November 22, 2012
Deadline for Contest: December 25,
GMM accepts submissions from undergraduate students at any U.S. college or university. There are no limits on page length. Also, GMM accepts a variety of writing: fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, art, and more. For more information:

University of Saint Francis: Undergraduate Conference on English Language and Literature
Deadline: December 15, 2012
Submit complete papers or abstracts on any topic in literary studies, including comparative literature, literature in translation, and creative writing. Papers and readings are limited to 20 minutes (8-12 pages).
For more information:

Agora Journal for Undergraduate Scholarly Papers
Deadline: December 15, 2012

The Agora Journal “welcomes papers of provide an original interpretation of texts, and/or challenge conventionally held views, assumptions, biases, or cultural practices. These papers may cross boundaries, juxtapose perspectives, test categories, strike new relationships, or question inherited knowledge(s).”
Paper length can be from 500 to 5,000 words.
For more information:

English Studies at Large
Deadline: December 17, 2012
The third annual English Studies at Large (ESAL) Conference invites undergraduate students to submit proposals for 15-minute presentations in individual or panel form. Individual proposals should include a first page with your name, school affiliation, title of your presentation, technology needs, a brief (100 word) biography, and a contact e-mail address and a second page with a 250-word abstract of your proposed presentation with no identifying information.
For more information:

Augustus Tolton Essay Contest: Deadline March 19

Augustus Tolton,

Got a little extra time on your hands? Write an essay for the Augustus Tolton Contest and you’ll have a chance at one of the two $500 cash prizes being awarded!

The essay contest asks you to answer one of two questions on Father Augustus Tolton (1854-1897), an African-American priest who addressed racial prejudice and was one of the leaders of the First Black Catholic Congress in Washington DC.

Get the essay questions and read more on the contest rules.