Distinction Program Call for Self-Nominations

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 3rd. 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.

Call for Submissions: no. 2 Magazine

no.2 is an online magazine featuring works of fiction, essays, interviews, and short films with an edge or a sense of humor. no.2 is in search of work that has a level of sophistication that isn’t funny just for laughs. They love work that is thoughtful, wicked, and genuinely humorous because there is real intelligence in creating a form of work that is comedic.  
For reference, they are fans of Kurt Vonnegut, Nora Ephron, Carol Burnett, Mark Twain, Luvvie Ajayi, David Sedaris, Sloane Crosley, Neil Gaiman, George Saunders, Helen Fielding, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Woody Allen, Oscar Wilde, Paul Beatty, Jenny Lawson, Charlie Chaplin, Issa Rae, Miranda July, Mindy Kaling — the list goes on.
Information on how students can submit their work can be found here – no2mag.com.  no.2  does not require submission or reading fees.

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: