Student News, a Literary Festival in Portugal, & More

Just when you thought DePaul English Graduate Students couldn’t possibly rack up any more awards and accomplishments in just one quarter, Ex Libris is happy to announce two great new pieces of student news:

Congratulations to current M.A.E. student Mary Parisoe, whose new one-act play, The Last Vagabond, has won $500 and a reading sometime in the new year at The Arts Club of Washington, DC.

Current M.A.W.P. student Jennifer Finstrom has had a poem accepted for publcation in Cider Press Review (either Volume 13 or 14). Jennifer wrote her poem,  “Instructions for Entering Rembrandt’s Landscape with trees, farm buildings and a tower (c.1651),”  in Prof. David Welch’s “Portrait in Poetry” class last spring. Congratulations, Jennifer!

Ex Libris is always happy to share good news about our students and alumni. If you have any good news you would like to share with the DePaul English Graduate community, please send it along to or

The Dzanc Books/CNC DISQUIET International Literary Program is accepting submissions of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction for their second-annual International Literary Award. The winner of this multi-genre contest receives airfare, accommodations, and tuition to the International Literary Program in Lisbon, Portugal July 1-13, 2012, as well as publication in Guernica.

Judges will be looking for work that somehow broadens the landscape of North American literature outside the borders of North America and challenges the accusation that North American literature is too insular and doesn’t engage the outside world or speak to global concerns. Entries should be written in English.

Deadline for submissions is Jan. 31, 2012, and there is a reading fee of $15USD. Finalists will be judged by Colson Whitehead. For information on how to submit and details on both the contest and the program itself, please visit and check out their flyers.

ROPES, a literary journal published annually by students of The National University of Ireland, Galway’s Literature and Publishing MA, is issuing a call for submissions. Each year, ROPES seeks out contributions from postgraduate students in the form of scholarly essays, prose fiction, drama, and poetry, bound loosely by a chosen theme. The theme this year is ‘Links”, encompassing the relationship between literature and technological innovation, the ways in which technologies past and present have informed life, experience and other related subjects.

Submissions should be a maximum of 2500 words, no more than three submissions per author. All submissions must be unpublished. The launch date is set for April 26th, 2012 at Cúirt International Festival of Literature.  Send all submissions to no later than 5 pm Dec. 9th, 2011. All ROPES proceeds will be donated Laura Lynn Children’s Hospice.

For more information, visit, find ROPES on Facebook under the ‘Ropes Galway 2012’ and follow ROPES on Twitter under the name Ropes2012.

And finally, a reminder that there are two big events happening TONIGHT, Wednesday Nov. 2nd:

First, from 5:30-6:30 in SAC 151, join the DePaul Career Center for a special Resume and Cover Letter Workshop just for English students.

And then at 7:30, head over to the Chopin Theater to enjoy a fun literary night and support semifinalist Lisa Applegate at the Prose Awards Recognition Night!


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