Call for Submissions: Blacklist Journal

Blacklist Journal is currently seeking submissions from talented student writers and artists across the country.

Are you an avid reader, writer, or artist? Do you enjoy crafting prose or poetry? Would you like to see these works published in a journal?

If so, Blacklist Journal, Brandeis University’s first national undergraduate journal of literature and art, is preparing their upcoming fall issue for in print and online publication. They are a student-run publication seeking work that balances clarity, experimentation, and bite. They seek to publish avant-garde work that creates a challenging narrative.

Blacklist Journal publishes fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction, and all forms of visual art that can be rendered in a 2-D still or moving format.

Submissions should be sent using the form on their website, The deadline for consideration in the fall 2018 issue is October 31st, before midnight.

For more information on submission guidelines, visit their website: If you have any further questions, please email

Call for Submissions: Anthony Hecht Poetry Prize 2018

The fourteenth Anthony Hecht Poetry Prize is open for submissions. Anyone over the age of 18 who has not already published more than one full-length poetry collection may submit.

The winner will receive a purse of $3000, and his or her collection will be published by Waywiser in the USA and the UK in the fall of 2019. The winner and the judge will give a reading at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington D.C. on the day the book is launched.

Past judges include Richard Wilbur, Mark Strand, Mary Jo Salter, Rosanna Warren, Charles Simic, Heather McHugh, Eavan Boland, and Gjertrud Schnackenberg.

Submit online a manuscript of between 48 and 88 pages with a $27 entry fee by midnight on December 1st 2018. For full guidelines please visit their website:

Inquiries to:

Scholarships for English Majors

Scholarships for English Majors
Applications due November 1st, 2018

The English department invites applications for three scholarships available to English majors: the Ellin M. Kelly, Ph. D. Endowed British Literature Award ($1500), the Honors English Scholarship ($3000), and the Mary Zavada Memorial Endowed Scholarship ($2500). Each scholarship has different requirements.

To apply for scholarships you must complete the following steps:

1. If you have not done so already for the current academic year, complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid at and have the results sent to DePaul University. This is only required for need-based scholarships. Please note that you are not required to accept a financial aid package in order to be considered for need-based scholarships. You need only fill out and submit the application. Any federal financial aid accepted on your behalf through the FAFSA process is your responsibility.

2. Complete the General Application at

a. Log into the DePaul Online Scholarship Application using your Campus Connect ID and password.

b. Complete and submit the General Application.

i. Once your application has been completed and submitted successfully, it will be marked with a green checkmark.

ii. If it is gray, the application was not submitted successfully; try again.

3. After submitting the General Application, you will automatically route to opportunities for which you qualify and more information is needed. If you are recommended for additional scholarships, you will be able to view a list of opportunities. Apply for them by clicking on the blue “Apply” button beside each scholarship. Additional questions or information may be required to complete the application process.
After Submitting an Application

If awarded a scholarship, you will be notified via email and you will see a notification on the “applications” tab of the scholarship application site under “active.” You must accept the award within the DePaul Online Scholarship Application in order to receive the money. You will also receive communication from financial aid stating that your financial aid award letter has been updated. If you are not selected for a scholarship, you will see a notification on the “home” tab of the website indicating your application was reviewed and not selected. Individual emails are not sent for those not selected.

If you have any questions, please contact Professor Jennifer Conary, Director of Undergraduate Studies, at

Ellin M. Kelly, Ph. D. Endowed British Literature Award, $1500

The Kelly Endowed British Literature Award recognizes the academic achievement of students who have demonstrated their dedication to the study of British literature. Only Juniors and Seniors are eligible for this scholarship. Students must be English majors with a GPA of at least 3.5, and they must have completed at least three English courses.

Applicants for this scholarship will need to upload the following documents with their electronic application:

• A 400-500-word statement highlighting your dedication to the study of British literature as demonstrated through your coursework, including independent studies or research projects, as well as any related extracurricular activities or future plans.
• An up-to-date transcript (unofficial transcripts downloaded from Campus Connect are fine).
• An essay dealing with British literature from any period.

The Honors English Scholarship, $3000

The Honors English scholarship provides financial assistance to Honors students who are also English majors or double majors. To be eligible for this scholarship, you must be enrolled in the Honors Program, have demonstrated financial need, have a minimum GPA of 3.3, and have completed at least three English courses.

Applicants for the Honors English Scholarship will need to upload the following documents with their electronic application:

• A 400-500-word statement highlighting your academic engagement and achievement in the English major and the Honors Program and indicating how this scholarship will help you financially.
• An up-to-date transcript (unofficial transcripts downloaded from Campus Connect are fine).
• A writing sample (a literary essay or a creative work produced for one of your classes).

The Mary Zavada Memorial Endowed Scholarship, $2500
The Mary Zavada Memorial Endowed Scholarship provides financial assistance to students majoring in English with a concentration in creative writing; students who are double-majoring in English must have a primary major in the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences. You must be at least a sophomore, be in good academic standing, and have demonstrated financial need to be eligible for this award.

Applicants for this scholarship will need to upload the following documents with their electronic application:

• An up-to-date transcript (unofficial transcripts downloaded from Campus Connect are fine).
• A sample of your creative writing (short story, set of poems, essay, etc.).

Script Writing Job Opportunity

A note from Jessica Best, creator of a sci-fi podcast: “I have a paid opportunity for your students, if they are interested in sci-fi and script-writing. My award-winning audio fiction podcast, The Strange Case of Starship Iris, is heading towards its second season, and I’m looking to hire staff writers for the writers’ room. The pay would be $60 per (roughly 40-minute) episode. Writers of color, transgender writers, nonbinary writers, and/or queer writers are especially encouraged to apply. The deadline is October 15th.

“The Strange Case of Starship Iris is a series about outer space, survival, espionage, resistance, identity, friendship, found family, romance, and secrets. (Also, there’s jokes.) I’ve had a ton of fun creating it, and seeing the audience response.”

More information can be found here:

1960’s Black Theater & Performative Readings with DePaul Theater Students

The Center for Black Diaspora along with Dexter Zollicoffer and students from the DePaul Theater School will hosted an hour-long performance from three African-American Playwrights of the 1960’s on Monday, October 8, 2018 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. Please register via the Eventbrite link provided here:

These performances include the following playwrights and works:
Wine in the Wilderness by Alice Childress
Funnyhouse of a Negro by Adrienne Kennedy
Blues for Mister Charlie by James Baldwin

The above event is a part of a series of the events organized around the theme of the Black 1960’s. Among them will be an exhibit of Ebony and Jet Magazine covers on the 1960’s published by the Chicago-based Johnson Publishing Company. For this one, please register for the opening exhibit reception here.

Light food and refreshments will be served.