A Creative Writing Competition, Two Job Openings, & More!

Don’t forget, the Career Panel for English Students: How to Become a Publisher, featuring Albert DeGenova, Wendy McClure, and Doug Seibold, is happening TONIGHT at 6 p.m. in Arts & Letters Hall!


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The Union League Civic & Arts Foundation’s (CAF) 2013 Creative Writing Competition is now accepting submissions.

The competition is open to high school students (division 1), college students (division 2), graduate/postgraduate or young adults under the age of 30 (division 3).

This year CAF will award up to $13,000 in awards for excellence.  In addition to the substantial monetary prizes, this competition is a great opportunity for young writers to get their work noticed.  Past judges have included Golden Apple Recipients and published authors.  There is no application fee for participants.

Applicants can submit online at: civicandarts.org/index.php/arts_competitions. The deadline for application is June 1st, 2013.

If you have any questions, please contact administrative coordinator Meghan Phillipp at caf@civicandarts.org or (312) 692-2373.


StoryStudio, a ten-year-old company which offers more than 150 creative writing and business writing classes each year to more than 1,000 students on Chicago’s North Side, is looking forward to making its first full-time hire.

Follow the Creative Programs Director StoryStudio link to download the complete a job description for the position of Creative Programs Manager. In addition to the qualifications listed, StoryStudio is looking for someone with a great sense of humor to join a small team. Excellent writing skills and positive energy are a must, as well as a creative mind and a love for social media.

Any potential applicants can send a resume and cover letter to Jill Pollack at: jill@storystudiochicago.com


DePaul’s Office of Teaching, Learning, and Assessment is looking for a new Assistant Director for Teaching Support. This position will create and sustain programs and services that will improve the teaching quality of all faculty, especially new and part-time faculty, within departments and colleges as well as across the University.  This position will work with Deans, Associate Deans, department chairs and program directors, University/College/School Committees and individual faculty to promote and support innovative and effective teaching practices. One of the main responsibilities of the position is to oversee the Teaching Commons Teaching and Learning Certificate Program, which is a workshop series that incorporates building portfolios in Digication.

You can see the complete job description and requirements, as well as apply online, at jobs-depaul.icims.com/jobs/17558/job. If you are interested, please apply ASAP.


It has just been announced that the 2013 Chicago Writers Conference will take place on September 27-29th, 2013. The conference will start out with a kick-off party on the evening of Friday, September 27th. Events on Saturday and Sunday will be held at Harold Washington Library, just a block away from DePaul’s Loop campus.

Registration will open in May. For more information, check the CWC blog for updates, or follow CWC on facebook and twitter.


Student News, Call for Papers, and Gulf Coast Writing Contest

Today in Student News, congratulations to MAWP student Raul Palma, who has won first place in the Mary Mackey Short Story contest for his story “Amaranthus.” As the first place winner of this competition, Raul has been invited to read his story in San Francisco in March and was awarded a $100 prize. As we posted earlier in Student News, “Amaranthus” is also scheduled to be published in 34th Parallel Magazine. You can find out more about the Mary Mackey Short Story prize and other contests in the Soul-Making Keats Literary Competition at soulmakingcontest.us/story.

Congratulations as well to Paul Byrd and Marie Pabelonio, both MAWP, who have just finished their first book editing project. The Cobbler and the Cricket and Other Tales of Faith by George Reynolds, OP was published last week by New Priory Press. Paul served as project editor and Marie was copy and design editor. You can learn about and purchase the book at createspace.com/4103457.


The 49th Allerton English Articulation Conference has issued a Call for Proposals and Participation: In cooperation with Liberal Arts and Sciences External Programming and the statewide Allerton Planning Committee, NIU’s Department of English is pleased to announce the 49th Allerton English Articulation Conference, to be held Wednesday and Thursday, April 17-18th, 2013. The submission deadline for the conference is in just one short week, February 1st, 2013. Conference registration is now available at niu.edu/allerton/registration/index.

The Allerton English Articulation Conference, bringing together faculty from two- and four-year colleges and universities for discussions and presentations, takes place at the Allerton Park and Retreat Center in Monticello, Illinois. In keeping with tradition, the two-day format will include plenty of opportunities for collegiality, entertainment, and woodland walks.

In honor of the reopening of the long-closed main entrance bridge to the Allerton Park, the theme will be Bridging the Divides, in the context of articulation in English Studies at two- and four-year institutions. This year’s theme challenges participants to bridge some of the traditional gaps or divides we face by investigating, discussing, and perhaps even deconstructing binaries such as (but not limited to) the following:

  • composition vs. literature
  • practice vs. assessment
  • teaching vs. administration
  • dream vs. reality
  • rural vs. urban
  • white vs. minority
  • traditional vs. nontraditional
  • print vs. digital
  • community college vs. university
  • student preparation vs. teacher expectation
  • collaboration vs. confrontation
  • public perception vs. faculty experience
  • career-oriented vs. life-long learning
  • process vs. product

Millie Davis, Director of the Division of Communications and Affiliate Services for NCTE, will be giving the keynote address, “The Case for College Composition: Bridging the Divide Between What the Public Things and What the Faculty Knows.”

Suggested proposal topics include but are not limited to composition, culture and diversity, English education, film, genre, literature, reading communities, and technology. Rather than formal paper-reading, Allerton envisions more informal discussion and interaction. Building upon the success of previous conferences at Allerton, proposals for both panel and individual presentations are invited, as well as discussion roundtables, which will then be grouped topically into a series of 50-minute roundtables and panels.

Please email a title and one-paragraph abstract of your roundtable or panel presentation proposal to AllertonConference@niu.edu by February 1st, 2013. Those accepted will be notified by March 1st, 2013.

You can also find the Allerton Conference on Facebook (Friends of Allerton English Conference) for conference planning updates and conversations with participants past and present.


The 2013 Gulf Coast Prize Contest is now accepting entries in Fiction, Nonfiction/Lyric Essay, and Poetry. This year’s judges are Stanley Plumly (Poetry), Maggie Shipstead (Fiction), and Darin Strauss (Nonfiction/Lyric Essay)!

The contest awards $1,500 and publication to the winner in each genre, as well as $250 to two honorable mentions in each genre. The winners will appear in Gulf Coast 26.1, due out in Fall 2013, and all entries will be considered for paid publication on Gulf Coast’s website as Online Exclusives. All three of last year’s winners were from creative writing programs.

The deadline for entries is March 15th, 2013, and all entrants receive a free year-long subscription to Gulf Coast with their entry fee. Gulf Coast accepts submissions both via our online submissions manager and via postal mail. Please see below for more contest details or visit gulfcoastmag.org/contests.


  • Submissions accepted via Gulf Coast’s online submissions manager.
  • Fiction and nonfiction entrants may submit one piece, up to 7,000 words; poetry entrants may submit as many as five poems, up to ten pages.
  • You may submit more than once or in more than one genre, but each submission must be uploaded separately as a .doc, .docx, .rtf, or .pdf file.
  • Only previously unpublished work will be considered.
  • The contest will be judged blindly, so please do not include your cover letter, your name, or any contact information in the uploaded document. This information should only be pasted in the “Comments” field.
  • After submitting your work you will be redirected to PayPal to authorize your $23 reading fee, which includes a year-long subscription to Gulf Coast. You do not need a PayPal account to submit to the contest; PayPal accepts all major credit cards for payment. We will contact you if there are any issues with your payment.


  • Only previously unpublished work will be considered. Fiction and nonfiction entrants may submit one piece, up to 7,000 words; poetry entrants may submit as many as five poems, up to ten pages.
  • You may submit more than once or in more than one genre. Remember to pay the additional entry fee each time.
  • Please address postal mail entries to:

Gulf Coast
ATTN: Gulf Coast Prize in [Genre]
Department of English
University of Houston
Houston, TX 77204-3013

  • The contest will be judged blindly, so your contact information should appear only on your cover letter.
  • Please include your $23 reading fee for each entry, payable to “Gulf Coast.”

Last year’s winning pieces, chosen by Joyelle McSweeney (Poetry), Victor LaValle (Fiction), and Jenny Boully (Nonfiction/Lyric Essay), are available at gulfcoastmag.org: Gulf Coast Prize Winner in Poetry, Lo Kwa Mei-en; Gulf Coast Prize Winner in Fiction, Geetha Iyer; and Gulf Coast Prize Winner in Nonfiction/Lyric Essay, Emily Watson.

Faculty News, A Short Fiction Contest, and More

Faculty News:  The PEN/ O.Henry Prize Stories 2012 Anthology has just hit the shelves, and DePaul English grad students will recognize a familiar name in the list of prize winners. Congratulations to Professor Christine Sneed, whose short story “The First Wife” is among those stories selected for inclusion.  Prof. Sneed’s story will appear alongside other winners, including Dagoberto Gilb, Yiyun Li, Alice Munro, John Berger, and Salvatore Scibona, and the collection can be found at any of your favorite bookstores.


Reminder: The final installation in the DePaul Humanities Center’s year-long series on Literature and Music, Francesca Royster‘s presentation on “Michael Jackson, Queer World Making and the Trans Erotics of Voice, Gender and Age,” is this coming Monday, April 23rd, in the DePaul Student Center, room 314at 6:00 p.m. (a reception precedes). See the original post for complete details.


Students interested in attending the Guild Literary Complex’s third annual benefit, “Illuminate,” to be held  Tuesday, May 8th, 6:30-9pm  are encouraged to purchase your tickets soon. Writers and graphic novelists Chris Ware, Nicole Hollander, Audrey Niffennegger & C. Spike Trotman will be projecting their work and talking together about drawing, narrating, the visual/textual culture of the graphic novel…  Plus food and drink in a beautiful space: the new DePaul Art Museum.

Student tickets are only $20, but availability is limited and payment must be made online at guildcomplex.org/illuminate-the-guild-literary-complexs-second-annual-benefit


And finally, a writing contest: The quarterly literary journal American Short Fiction invites all writers to submit their work to the American Short(er) Fiction Prize. The contest’s judge this year is Michael Martone, author of the Four for a Quarter, Racing in Place, and Unconventions, among other books. First prize in the contest receives $500 and publication; second prize receives $250 and publication. All entries are considered for publication.

The contest deadline is May 1st. You can find the complete guidelines here: americanshortfiction.org/short-shorts

Alumni News, WRD conference, and a New Literary Magazine

In Alumni News: Molly Tranberg (MAWP ’11, and former Ex Libris editor!) was recently hired as an Editorial Assistant and Assistant to the Publisher in the Reference Division at Oxford University Press in New York. She assists the publisher in day-to-day tasks and works to bring new online reference materials to life.

According to Molly, “It’s a great first job in publishing because it’s a very traditional print publisher, but the reference division is moving into an all-online territory.” She also has some encouraging words for current students and recent grads looking for a job: “The prestige of my M.A. in Writing and Publishing degree definitely helped me get the job.  It was really great to see the confidence the MAWP degree inspires in interviewers, especially in publishing.” Congratulations, Molly, and thanks for sharing your story with us!

If you’re an MAE or MAWP student or alum and have news about a job, publication, award, etc., that you’d like to share with fellow Ex Libris readers, email Maria at mhlohows@depaul.edu.


DePaul’s Department of Writing, Rhetoric, and Discourse is pleased to announce a call for presentations for Spread the WoRD, WRD’s annual graduate conference. All graduate students in a writing-related discipline– including MAE and MAWP– interested in sharing your academic work with fellow students and faculty are invited to submit a proposal. Much like our own EGSA conference, Spread the WoRD is a great chance to gain experience presenting papers and receiving feedback from peers amongst professors and classmates right here at DePaul.

Possible topics could include, but are not limited to:

  • teaching writing
  • digital literacy
  • editing and publishing
  • genre analysis
  • writing center pedagogy
  • style in writing

Students (or groups of students) are encouraged to submit work in a variety of formats and modalities. In the past, students have presented PowerPoint presentations, multimedia projects, posters, and panels, as well as traditional conference presentations.

Proposals should include: name, contact information, degree program, and year of the presenter(s), and a one-page abstract of the presentation with title. Please note what format your presentation will take and what technological accommodations you’ll need.
Deadline for submissions is: Wednesday, April 18th, 2012. Please send proposals and inquiries to WRDgraduateconference@gmail.com. For more details, click on the flyer to enlarge it, or visit spreadtheWRD.wordpress.com.


The Coffin Factory, a new, full-color, print literary and art magazine sold in Barnes and Noble and independent bookstores nationwide, invites submissions from emerging writers both for its regular issues, and its first annual poetry contest.

In their first two issues, The Coffin Factory has published exciting work by César Aira, Osama Alomar, Aimee Bender, Roberto Bolaño, Joyce Carol Oates, Edwidge Danticat, Milan Kundera, Bonnie Nadzam, José Saramago, Justin Taylor, Adam Wilson, and many others. Alongside these literary stars they also publish up-and-coming writers and poets. In fact, in every issue, they publish at least one “undiscovered” prose writer.

Each issue includes fiction, essays, poetry and art from around the world. The Coffin Factory is dedicated to perpetuating reading culture, and invites readers and writers to become part of the conversation and learn more about how they are partnering with writers, readers, book publishers and bookstores at The Coffin Factory website.

For information on the poetry contest, which has a deadline of April 1st, 2012 and an award of $100 and publication in The Coffin Factory, please visit the contest page.

One Extended Deadline and Two New Calls for Submissions

The deadline for the Old Dominion University Norton Girault Literary Prize 2012 has been extended to March 9th, 2012!  Complete details and guidelines can be found here:  http://barelysouthreview.digitalodu.com/the-norton-girault-literary-prize/, but the main facts are:

  • This year’s competition is in fiction
  • Send your best story of up to 25 pages
  • Cost is $25 per entry
  • Entries will be judged by author Cristina Garcia
  • Winning entry gets $1000 and will be published in the ODU M.F.A. Creative Writing program literary journal Barely South Review

See guidelines at the link above to submit online or through the mail, or come see ODU and the Barely South Review at AWP in Chicago this year, drop off your entry in person, and chat with staff about the journal and your possible future appearance in it!  You can find them at M19 at the bookfair.


The next round of Glimmer Train‘s SHORT STORY AWARD for NEW WRITERS is accepting submissions now, and the deadline is February 29th, 2012.

Prizes include:

  • 1st place prize has been increased to $1,500 and, of course, includes publication in Glimmer Train Stories, and 20 copies
  • 2nd-place: $500 and possible publication.
  • 3rd-place: $300 and possible publication.

Other considerations: Open only to writers whose fiction has not appeared in any print publication with a circulation over 5,000. (Entries, of course, must not have appeared in any print publication.)

Word count: Most submissions run 1,500 to 6,000 words, but can go up to 12,000.

Reading fee is $15 per story.

Results post on April 30th. Winning story will be published in Issue 87. Visit glimmertrain.com/newwriters for details.


Chicago Theatre Off Book is looking for short submissions from budding playwrights and screenwriters. Off Book is a weekly radio podcast; the show’s format features a review roundup, an interview with a small theatre company and an interview with a large theatre company.  Off Book breaks up the three segments with two one-minute audio plays serving as commercials. This “Got A Minute?” feature is an opportunity for local playwrights to get their work produced. You can listen to a special edition that featured back to back “Got A Minute?” features on their website.

Currently, Off Book is not able to offer financial compensation but they do provide a writer’s credit, and hope that this opportunity to have work produced will entice students to submit potential one minute plays to their show.

18th Century Texts & Books Conference and Calls for Submissions

All are invited to attend 18th Century Texts and Books: A day conference which will take place at Loyola University Chicago’s Lake Shore Campus Saturday, February 25th, from 9:30-4:00. The event will be held in the Information Commons 4th Floor (17 on Map at http://www.luc.edu/about/pdfs/lsc.pdf).

Presenters are Thomas F. Bonnell of St. Mary’s College, Stephen Karian of University of Missouri, Barbara Benedict of Trinity College, and James Woolley of Lafayette College. The conference also includes lunch, a coffee break, and a roundtable discussion with several Loyola faculty members.

The conference is free and open to the public, but reservations are required by February 18th, 2012. Send RSVPs and any questions to Peter Shillingsburg at pshillingsburg@luc.edu.


Submissions are now being accepted for Carolina Wren Press’s Doris Bakwin Award. A prize of $1,000 and publication by Carolina Wren Press is given biennially for a short story collection, a novel, or a memoir by a woman. Submit a printed copy of the first 50 to 60 pages of a manuscript and an electronic copy of the full manuscript with a $20 entry fee by March 15th. See carolinawrenpress.org for  complete guidelines. Carolina Wren Press can be contacted by email at carolinawrenpress@earthlink.net, but submissions must be sent by mail to

Carolina Wren Press
Doris Bakwin Award
120 Morris Street
Durham, NC 27701


The Missouri Review invites writers to submit to their 2012 Audio Competition for a chance to win $1,000 and to have your entry published on The Missouri Review’s website. Send us your recordings of original poetry or prose or your audio documentaries on any subject. All you need is a computer, microphone, software such as GarageBand or Audacity, and a great script.

This year, in an effort to expand the contest, submissions (previously $20) have been opened to a pay-by-donation entry fee. Your contribution of any amount includes a one-year, digital subscription to The Missouri Review, and all of your donation goes to support the production of The Missouri Review and its related programs.

Winners and select runners up will have their work featured on The Missouri Review’s website and as part of our iTunes podcast series. Entries will be judged by TMR’s editors in collaboration with guest judge Julie Shapiro of the Third Coast International Audio Festival.

Deadline for submissions is March 15th, 2012. Entries and payments are accepted by mail or online. For details, or to submit, please visit www.missourireview.com/audiovisual/submissions.


Student News, Short Story Competition, and More

Today we’re starting out with some very special student news: Congratulations to current M.A.W.P. student Stephanie Gladney Queen, who had her first baby only weeks before the start of the quarter. Anthony Gabriel Queen was born on November 23rd, 2011. Our best wishes go out to Stephanie and baby Anthony!


The Mitchelstown Literary Society is pleased to announce the launch of the second William Trevor / Elizabeth Bowen International Short Story Competition. 

The Society was founded to celebrate the lives and works of two of Ireland’s literary greats with Mitchelstown connections. The short story competition evolved as a natural adjunct to Mitchelstown’s annual literary festival and aims to provide a competitive outlet for new and emerging writers in the short story genre. The continued support of William Trevor includes sponsoring the very generous First Prize of 3,000 Euro. Second prize is 500 Euro, and there will be an additional five runners-up winning 200 Euro each.

Ita Daly, two times winner of the Hennessy Literary Awards, Irish Times Short Story Award winner, and author of five novels including the recent Unholy Ghosts, will be the contest’s final judge.

Details of rules, official entry form(s), payment methods etc. can be found on the official website: www.mitchelstownlit.com. There is entry fee of 20.00 Euro per entry and the deadline for receipt of entries is Friday, 30th March 2012. The winner and runners up will be notified personally as well as results being posted to the competition website as they become available.

Entries, by mail only, to:

Trevor/Bowen International Short Story Competition
37 Upper Cork Street
Co. Cork,

For more information, contact contest moderators at Tel: 025/84969 or at cusackliam@eircom.net


Back at the beginning of the quarter, Ex Libris posted an announcement about the Institute for Reading Development summer teaching positions. If you were interested but didn’t get the chance to apply, or just missed the announcement, you’re in luck: The Institute for Reading Development has just announced that they continue to have positions available and are still accepting applications. All grad students and graduating seniors with an interest in teaching and strong reading skills are encouraged to apply. See the original announcement on Ex Libris and visit instituteofreadingdevelopmentteachingjobs.com for more details, including how to apply.


Old Dominion University’s Barely South Review is now accepting submissions for their September 2012 issue. They are looking for unpublished poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction and art.

You can read the January 2012 issue featuring interviews with the likes of Joy Williams and Naomi Shihab Nye at barelysouthreview.digitalodu.com, and you’ll find the submission guidelines at barelysouthreview.digitalodu.com/submission-guidelines.

This is also a great reminder that Old Dominion University is accepting entries to the inaugural Norton Girault Literary prize! One fiction story will win $1,000 and publication in Barely South Review. The guest judge this year is Cristina Garcia. Complete guidelines and entry form can be found at: barelysouthreview.digitalodu.com/the-norton-girault-literary-prize.

Deadline for September 2012 issue submissions is March 31st. Deadline for entries to the Norton Girault Literary Prize is February 29th, 2012.

Send general questions to odu.creative.writing@gmail.com