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Young Scholars in Writing: Undergraduate Research in Writing and Rhetoric

YOUNG SCHOLARS IN WRITING

Young Scholars in Writing: Undergraduate Research in Writing and Rhetoric publishes research and theoretical articles from undergraduates on writing, writers, rhetoric, discourse, language, and related topics.

“Young scholars” refers not to age but to experience with research in writing, rhetoric, and related topics. We invite all undergraduates to submit their research on these subjects!

 

 

Young Scholars in Writing will begin accepting submissions for Vol. 16 in January, 2018.

When we reopen for submissions, visit our Online Submissions page or see the About page.

We will be accepting submissions to our Articles section, our Spotlight on First-Year Writing section (for research by students in first-year college writing courses), and our Comments & Response section (for responses to articles published in previous issues of YSW).

Submissions for Volume 16 will be accepted from Jan. 1 to June 30, 2018.

Visit our Facebook page for updates and community.

Congratulations to the many young scholars who have published in the pages of our journal!


Young Scholars is generously hosted and supported by Montana State University and edited by Dr. Doug Downs. Please address all inquiries to Dr. Downs at YoungScholars.Editor@gmail.com.

Zoe Snider

Young Scholars in Writing

Young Scholars in Writing is pleased to announce that Dr. Doug Downs at Montana State University will be taking the reins as editor of the journal beginning with volume 13. The author (with Elizabeth Wardle) of the influential Writing about Writing textbook as well as countless essays and book chapters, Dr. Downs will bring his keen intellect, boundless energy, and astute eye for ground-breaking ideas to the work of editing YSW. Dr. Downs has been a member of YSW’s editorial board since 2008, and he helped launch the journal’s “Spotlight on First-Year Writing.” The editorial board is feels fortunate indeed to have such an outstanding scholar, teacher, and colleague serving as YSW’s leader.

All editorial queries and submissions for volume 13 can be directed to Dr. Downs atyoungscholars.editor@gmail.com.

Young Scholars in Writing new website can be found at Montana State University.

http://arc.lib.montana.edu/ojs/index.php/Young-Scholars-In-Writing/index

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Boston Review Aura EStrada Short Story Contest

Ends in 5 days, 9 hours

$20.00 USD

Deadline: October 1, 2017

Judge: Viet Thanh Nguyen
Prize: $1,500

Aura Estrada (1977–2007) was a promising young Mexican writer and student, and the wife of Francisco Goldman. This prize is meant to honor her memory by supporting other burgeoning writers. Aura’s writing, and more about her life, can be found here.

Complete guidelines:
The winning author will receive $1,500 and have his or her work published online on Boston Review’s Web site. Runners up may also be published. Stories should not exceed 5,000 words and must be previously unpublished. Mailed manuscripts should be double-spaced and submitted with a cover note listing the author’s name, address, and phone number. No cover note is necessary for online submission. Names should not appear on the stories themselves. Any author writing in English is eligible, unless he or she is a current student, former student, relative, or close friend of the judge. Simultaneous submissions are not permitted; if you submit your story to another publication, you must withdraw it from our submissions manager or inform us by email. Submissions will not be returned, and submissions may not be modified after entry. A non-refundable $20 entry fee, payable to Boston Review in the form of a check or money order or by credit card, must accompany each story entered. All submitters receive a complimentary copy of our special literary edition on global dystopias edited by Junot Díaz. Submissions must be postmarked no later than October 1, 2017. The winner will be notified in the spring of 2018 and publicly announced by July on the Boston Review Web site.

Online submissions are strongly preferred; however, they can also be mailed to:

Short Story Contest, Boston Review
PO Box 425786
Cambridge, MA 02142

Read winning stories from past years:
Mikayla Ávila Vilá’s Trumpeteers (2016)
Barbara Hamby’s Dole Girl (2015)
Leslee Becker’s Severance (2014)
Kerry-Lee Powell’s There Are Two Pools You May Drink From (2013)
Alexandra Thom’s The Piano (2012)
Kalpana Narayanan’s Aviator on the Prowl (2011)
Adam Sturtevant’s How Do I explain? (2010)
Jessica Treglia’s Canceled (2009)
Patricia Engel’s Desaliento (2008)
Padma Viswanathan’s Transitory Cities (2007)
Tiphanie Yanique’s How to Escape from a Leper Colony (2006)
Lisa Chipongian’s Intramuros (2005)
D.S. Sulaitis’s If It’s Anywhere, It’s Behind Us (2004)
Gale Renee Walden’s Men I Don’t Talk to Anymore (2003)
Manini Nayar’s Home Fires (2002)
Kate Small’s One Night a Year (2001)
Girija Tropp’s The Pretty Ones Have Their Uses (2001)
Pauls Toutonghi’s Regeneration (2000)
Jacob M. Appel’s Shell Game with Organs (1999)
Kris Saknussemm’s Unpracticed Fingers Bungle Sadly Over Tiny Feathered Bodies (1998)
Kiki Delancey’s Jules Jr Michael Jules Jr (1997)
Mary Ann Jannazo’s No Runs, No Hits, No One Left on Base (1996)
Tom Paine’s The Milkman & I (1995)
Michael Dorris’s Layaway (1994)

The Norton Writer’s Prize

Hello,
This is a great opportunity for students. There is more info available at:
http://books.wwnorton.com/books/norton-writers-prize/

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

The Norton Writer’s Prize will be awarded annually for an outstanding essay written by an undergraduate. Literacy narratives, literary and other textual analyses, reports, profiles, evaluations, arguments, memoirs, proposals, mixed-genre pieces, and more: any excellent writing done for an undergraduate writing class will be considered.

The winner will receive a cash award of $1,500. Two runners-up will each receive a cash award of $1,000.

The deadline for submissions is June 15, 2017.

Competition for the Norton Writer’s Prize is open to undergraduates enrolled during the 2016-2017 academic year in an accredited 2- or 4-year college or university. Employees of Norton and their children are not eligible, nor are children of Norton authors. Please refer to the official contest rules at the bottom of this page for further eligibility requirements.

Each entry must be accompanied by a cover letter on departmental stationery from a nominating instructor. Electronic submissions must include an attached scanned cover letter of departmental stationary. Each instructor may nominate only one student essay. The nominating instructor must provide a one-paragraph summary of the essay’s merits and should type out his or her name, address, phone number, email address, and title. Please refer to the official contest rules at the bottom of this page for more details.

Submissions may be made electronically or by mail. Each student may submit only one essay.

Printed & Mailed Student Essays: must be printed out single-sided and double-spaced with all pages numbered. Entries should be between 1,000 and 3,000 words in length. The student’s name should appear on a separate piece of paper and should not appear on any headers or footers. Students must provide a cover sheet with their name, permanent address (where they can be reached during summer months), permanent phone number and email address, projected year of graduation, and title of the paper. Please refer to the official contest rules at the bottom of this page for more details.

Entries must be postmarked no later than June 15, 2017, and sent to:

The Norton Writer’s Prize
Attn: Marilyn Moller
W. W. Norton & Company, Inc.
500 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10110

Multimedia, Electronic Submissions: must be between 1,000 and 3,000 words in length. Students must provide their name, with permanent address (where they can be reached during summer months), phone number and email address, projected year of graduation, and title of the paper in a separate email accompanying the document. Please refer to the official contest rules at the bottom of this page for more details.

Electronic entries must be sent no later than June 15, 2017, with the subject line: Writer’s Prize Nomination and emailed to: NortonWritersPrize@wwnorton.com

Winners will be notified by March 1, 2018.

Norton reserves the right to publish submitted essays, but all students will own the copyright to their work.

I write to imagine things differently—
and in imagining things differently
perhaps the world will change.
—Terry Tempest Williams

JoNelle Toriseva
Assistant Professor of English
Director of English, Communications & Media Arts
SUNY-GCC
B255, Humanities
One College Road
Batavia, NY 14020
Phone: (585) 343-0055 ext. 6627
Email: jrtoriseva@genesee.edu

2017 SCHOLARSHIPS to New York State Summer Writers Institute at Skidmore College

2017 SCHOLARSHIPS to New York State Summer Writers Institute at Skidmore College

Several generous gifts and the Institute’s commitment to access and diversity enable us to launch a scholarship competition each year. The competition is open to students enrolled full-time in undergraduate or graduate programs (including those who graduate in May) who are nominated by their creative writing instructors. Please note the scholarships cover TUITION ONLY. Room and board expenses are the responsibility of the student.

In 2016 the Institute awarded 63 tuition scholarships to students from, among other institutions, Columbia, Fairleigh Dickinson, Hamilton College, Williams, Lafayette, FIT, Miami Univ., Princeton, Boston Univ., Univ. of Arizona, UMass-Amherst, Ohio State Univ., Bennington College, Univ. of Florida, Univ. of New Orleans, Vanderbilt Univ., Univ. of San Diego, Goucher College, American Univ., Emerson College, Brooklyn College-CUNY, Univ. of Colorado, Gettysburg College, Univ. of Nebraska-Lincoln, Louisiana State Univ., Emory Univ., College of St. Rose, and Auburn Univ.

This year the scholarships are offered for two-week and four-week workshops from July 3 to July 28 in fiction, poetry and creative non-fiction. Our teaching staff includes the following writers.

FICTION: Garth Greenwell, Adam Haslett, Mary Gaitskill, Rick Moody, Cristina Garcia, Paul Harding, Amy Hempel, Howard Norman, Adam Braver, Joanna Scott and Elizabeth Benedict.

POETRY: Robert Pinsky, Rosanna Warren, Vijay Seshadri, Henri Cole, Campbell McGrath and Peg Boyers.

NON-FICTION: Phillip Lopate and James Miller.

VISITING WRITERS: Lionel Shriver, Allan Gurganus, Paul Auster, Margo Jefferson, Russell Banks, Ann Beattie, Nick Flynn, April Bernard, Rivka Galchen, Louise Gluck, Mary Gordon, Jorie Graham, Siri Hustvedt, Jamaica Kincaid, Joyce Carol Oates, Joseph O’Neill, Francine Prose, Charles Simic, William Kennedy, Tom Healy, Honor Moore, Victoria Redel and Caryl Phillips.

To nominate students, send an email to writerscholarship@skidmore.edu indicating the names and email addresses (please be sure the emails are current) of those you recommend to us. Only names & emails required. Up to six nominated students from each writing instructor are welcome. We are of course looking for promising writers, and hope to increase the diversity of our student body.

All faculty nominations must be received AT THE LATEST by February 25th. All student applications are due by March 10th. The names of scholarship award winners, along with their schools, will be announced to all applicants on or around MARCH 20th.

Program applications and further information on the New York State Summer Writers Institute at Skidmore College may be found at the following link for the Writers Institute web site: http://www.skidmore.edu/summerwriters.

Many thanks and best wishes,

Robert Boyers, Director, New York State Summer Writers Institute
Professor of English, Skidmore College
Editor, Salmagundi
815 N Broadway
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866

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35 Word Story Contest!

In order to celebrate Writers & Books’ 35th anniversary, we are launching a very short story contest where the only rule is that you must use exactly 35 words! It’s that simple. Test your creative wits and see what potential lies in only 35 words. Submit one story or submit ten, write in prose or write poetry, whatever you choose–the only rule is that you have to use 35 words!

There are two really easy ways to submit your stories–electronically or in person. To submit electronically, simply email submissions to 35@wab.org, including your name in the email, and that’s it! To submit in person, we have a submission box located inside Writers & Books and postcards with information about the contest to write your story on. Feel free to stop by and take a few, working on them as you choose, as long as you submit them before the deadline!

The deadline for submissions is May 6th, 2016. There will be a reading June 6th where anyone and everyone who submitted should come and read their 35 word masterpieces, and listen to others. We will officially announce the winners then!

Prizes will include being published in our catalog and a choice of some limited edition W&B 35th anniversary swag, including tote bags and pins!

Any questions can be emailed to 35@wab.org, or call Sarah Brown at 473-2590 ext. 110

National undergraduate literary magazine for two-year college students

East Fork, a national undergraduate literary magazine edited by students at the University of Cincinnati Clermont College, is open for submissions by current students from two-year colleges. We’re looking for poetry, nonfiction, fiction, visual art, and multimedia entries. To see previous issues and guidelines for submission or to submit, visit eastfork.us or eastfork.submittable.com. The deadline for this issue is March 1. If you have any questions, email eastforkATliveDOTcom or see the Clermont College Eastfork Student Journal​ page on Facebook.

Hurston/Wright Award for College Writers

The Zora Neale Hurston/Richard Wright Foundation is proud to host the annual Hurston/Wright Award for College Writers, which is the only award of its kind that recognizes Black college writers. The award is the foundation’s first program. It was initiated to support emerging Black artists in fiction and poetry enrolled full-time in an undergraduate or graduate school program anywhere in the United States.

Award for College Writers

Submissions for the award open January 2nd and close March 1st of the same year. Submissions will be judged by distinguished published authors in fiction and poetry.

Black writers who are full-time students in undergraduate and graduate programs at any American university are eligible to submit a work of fiction or poetry for consideration. Writers are ineligible if they have published books, including poetry chapbooks or fiction narratives, through any publishing platform. Full-time student includes low-residency MFA programs. At this time, students in only online courses of university programs are not considered eligible for the award. Writers must be enrolled full-time in a college or university at the time of their submission.

All work submitted must be original and unpublished at the time of submission. No identifying information such as name of the author should appear on the works of fiction and poetry. Author name and contact details should be on a separate page.

Hurston/Wright does not accept simultaneous submissions of a work for this award. Therefore, we make every effort to notify writers by the end of April whether their submissions were accepted or not accepted. Awards will be announced in May. Award winners and honorable mentions will be invited to attend the Legacy Award ceremony that is hosted in October in Washington, DC.

Works submitted to the competition may be published in whole or in part by Hurston/Wright online or print. In submitting for the competition, all writers agree to give the Hurston/Wright foundation permission to publish an excerpt of their work or the work in its entirety. The author retains all rights for their works.

Hurston/Wright maintains the right to decline any submission not deemed eligible.

The foundation makes every effort to fundraise to make this award a cash prize to support an emerging artist.

All award winners receive a souvenir award and promotion of the artists along with the Legacy Awards.

The Legacy Awards are hosted on the third Friday in October in Washington, DC. The 2016 Legacy Awards will be hosted on October 21st.

 

Complete online application and submission along with the $25 submission fee paid via PayPal at www.hurstonwright.org.

 

The original creative work submitted should be formatted as follows:

 

Fiction:

No more than 20 pages of fiction, double-spaced, Times New Roman, 12 point font, and within 1 inch margins. Title of work should appear on each page. Do not include the author’s name on the pages of the work of fiction. Include a separate page with the title of the work, name and contact information of author, school and year of study.

 

Poetry:

Minimum of 3 poems. Total poetry submission should have a minimum line count of 120.

 

Do not include the author’s name on the pages of poetry. Include a separate page with the title of the work, name and contact information of author, school and year of study.

 

Reminder: Please be sure that no identifying information is noted on the submitted works of fiction and poetry. Author name and contact details should be on a separate page.

 

Questions may be sent to info@hurstonwright.org or mailed to our foundation headquarters at:

​Hurston/Wright College Writers Award
840 First Street, NE, Third Floor
Washington, DC 20002