Threshold Release Party, Two Job Postings, & More!

All are invited to the release of Threshold’s 33rd edition!

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The Threshold release party will be held at the DePaul Art Museum, 935 W. Fullerton from 5:00-7:00 p.m. Along with free copies of the publication, there will be music provided by members of the DePaul Jazz Ensemble, readings and performances from the publication, beverages, and hors d’oeuvres.

Please join Threshold in celebrating this issue and honoring the work of its student contributors and staff.

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DePaul’s Master of Arts in Liberal Studies Program has extended the call for papers deadline for the upcoming national Association of Graduate Liberal Studies Programs (AGLSP) Conference to August 1st, 2013.

The theme of the conference, which takes place Oct. 10-12th, 2013 in Chicago, is “Urban Gateways: Immigration and the Global City.” They welcome presentation proposals that cross the disciplines from both faculty and graduate students; the conference will include Graduate Liberal Studies Programs throughout the US and Canada, and presents an excellent opportunity to showcase DePaul’s dynamic graduate students, faculty and programs.

For more information, see Ex Libris’s post on the original call for papers.

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Northwestern University Press is hiring an Assistant Acquisitions Editor to handle the manuscript submission process from initial inquiry through transmittal to the manuscript editorial department.  This position prepares, proofreads, and executes book contracts.  The Assistant Acquisitions Editor oversees the process of working with authors as the authors secure permissions.  This position tracks, organizes, and distributes photos and illustrations.  The Assistant Acquisitions Editor works closely with authors to ensure submission of clean manuscript files for transmittal to manuscript editorial.

Specific Responsibilities:

  • Tracks manuscripts through the acquisitions process from submission through transmittal to manuscript editorial;
  • Works with authors and volume editors in preparation of electronic files;
  • Prepares, proofreads and executes contracts for new books and reprints;
  • Tracks status of contracts, digitizes and files them;
  • Communicates all relevant contract information to the Business Office;
  • Oversees payments of authors, publishers, agents, readers and translators, while working closely with the administrative assistant;
  • Maintains acquisitions schedule pre- and post-Press Board approval, tracking all manuscripts throughout the acquisitions process;
  • Maintains database of submissions;
  • Inputs information into the title management database and updates as necessary;
  • Creates and maintains detailed text and photo/illustration permission records;
  • Inputs all relevant data into Title Management databases and updates as needed;
  • Reviews unsolicited manuscripts prior to review by acquisitions editors or series editors;
  • Manages rejection process, including mailing and database;
  • Manages the peer review process for two full-time and two part-time acquisitions editors;
  • Follows up as needed with authors, series editors and editor-in-chief;
  • Performs related duties as required or assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • A bachelor’s degree or the equivalent combination of education, training and experience from which comparable skills can be acquired;
  • Experience with contracts, permission and copyrights, superb attention to detail;
  • Ability to work independently and set priorities, publishing experience.

Visit the job posting page to get more details and apply.

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The Cook County Clerk’s office is hiring a key writer and researcher for its Communications and Policy team. This staffer will conduct issue research and write press releases, reports, policy papers, fact sheets, briefing and outreach materials. They will also help disseminate our publications and educational materials on various platforms, from brochures to our website.

Requirements:

  • Minimum B.A. in Journalism, Communications, Political Science, Public Policy or related field, plus 3 years experience
  • Excellent writing and research skills
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office, including Excel
  • Experience with online communications (i.e. website editing, blog publishing, Constant Contact) and research tools (i.e. Survey Monkey)
  • Social networking skills (i.e. Twitter, Facebook, etc.)

A background in issues pertaining to voting rights and democracy or similar public policy debates is a plus. Bilingual candidates who can speak and write Spanish are encouraged.

Please provide a cover letter, resume and two writing samples bundled in one pdf. Preferably, the writing samples should demonstrate different capabilities.

Standard Cook County benefits. Salary commensurate with experience.

Please email your application packet to countyclerk.hr@cookcountyil.gov with the subject line: “Policy and Press Secretary.”

Applications are due by June 18th, 2013.

Student News, H. Peter Steeves on Campus, & More!

Today in Student News, we’re excited to announce that not one but two current MAWP students will have poems published in After Hours Issue 27, Summer 2013.

Congratulations to David Mathews on the publication of his poem “Urban Archer.”

And congratulations as well to M.R. Byrd on the publication of his poem, “Athena.”

The Summer 2013 issue will be released at the Printers Row Book Fair, June 8-9th; if you’re at the fair, stop by the After Hours table to pick up a copy and check out David and M.R.’s poetry!

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Steeves May 22The DePaul Humanities Center would like to invite you to its next on campus event. H. Peter Steeves will be presenting “The About Time Show” on Wednesday, May 22nd, at 7:00 p.m. at the DePaul Student Center, room 120.

From the flyer: “The About Time Show is an interdisciplinary, multimedia investigation of temporality and the physics and metaphysics of time. We are all in the midst of time, at its mercy, held “green and dying,” hoping at best to sing in our chains like the sea. Yet what is time? It does not seem to be something in itself that we can experience, though it is necessary for there to be experience at all. We do not experience time, but rather we experience events taking place in time.

However, if time can be warped and bent—as must be the case if space and time are essentially the same thing—then time must be some thing in itself. By taking up a philosophic analysis of the scientifi c and ontological issues in a way that engages the arts (especially literature, music, dance, and theatre) and the humanities, The About Time Show proposes to make clearer how we exist outside of eternity, caught up in a realm of Becoming rather than Being, investigating together what it means to be in time and even, perhaps, discovering how to travel backwards in it.”

This event is free and open to the public.

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Soft Skull Press, an imprint of Counterpoint press, is hiring! They are looking for a Publishing Assistant to join their team. This is an entry-level position based in Counterpoint’s Berkeley, CA offices. If you are interested, please send a cover letter & résumé to: pubasstjob@counterpointpress.com.

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The Artifice, an online magazine that covers a wide spectrum of art forms (including Film, Anime, Comics, Literature, Arts, etc.), is actively looking for new writers. The website is collaboratively built and maintained by its writers. While writing for The Artifice does not pay, the platform has an established audience of millions.

The Artifice is currently expanding and would like to provide an opportunity for students to join their team of writers.

Any questions can be addressed to Alyson Burston at editor@the-artifice.com. To apply online, visit the-artifice.com/write.

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Word Lab flier

826CHI’s upcoming summer ELL workshop, The Word Laboratory, is seeking volunteer tutors to work individually with 826CHI’s youngest learners (1st through 4th graders) as they practice all of the great skills they have gained this school year. Those interested would need to be available to volunteer a few hours a week between July 8th – August 1st, 2013. There are many volunteer slots yet to fill. No previous experience with ELL students or special language skills necessary – just a strong interest in working with kids in a creative/educational setting.

For more information, visit www.826chi.org. To apply, please contact Kendra Curry, Director of Volunteer Services, at Kendra@826chi.org.

Faculty News & Newcity’s Summer Guide

In Faculty News: Please join the English Department in congratulating Kathleen Rooney for being named 2013 winner of the Eric Hoffer Award for Poetry for her novel-in-poems Robinson Alone (Gold Wake Press, 2012).

A review in Booklist noted the following of Robinson Alone: “Rooney’s syncopated wordplay, supple musicality, and cinematic descriptions subtly embody… Robinson’s sardonic grace under pressure. An intricate, psychologically luminous homage, tale of American loneliness, and enthralling testament to poetry’s resonance.” Congrats, Prof. Rooney!

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Curbside Splendor Publishing is holding their second monthly Salon Splendor event tomorrow, Thursday, May 16th, at 7:30 p.m., and one of the evening’s featured readers is DePaul’s own Christine Sneed. The show will take place at Madame Zuzu’s, 582 Roger Williams Ave. in Highland Park.

The theme this month, Passages, will be taken on by authors Christine Sneed, Jac Jemc, and Scott Garson. The night will end with live music by house band Good Evening.

The series is confirmed through October, on the third Thursday of each month. Space is limited and reservations are strongly recommended. RSVP at sarah@madamezuzus.com.

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Next week, Newcity, Chicago’s free weekly alternative newspaper, is publishing their annual Summer Guide, and they’re looking for submissions. According to head editor Brian Hieggleke, “It’s one of the most free-wheeling issues we publish all year, on one of our favorite subjects, summer in (and around) the city.”

Newcity is looking for a wide range of meditations on the season, from the trenchant essay to the wistful memoir, from the dream state to the concrete. While they are not actively soliciting poetry, they’re not ruling it out, either.

They are also looking for learned and practical insights into summer (how to pack a proper picnic for Pritzker Pavilion, how to make the perfect summer cocktail, how to bbq on the lakefront), regional travel service pieces (what’s shakin’ at the House on the Rock? Is Detroit really the Chicago of the future?), and even itsy bitsy bon mots about a few of your favorite things about summer in Chicago. Please be specific in your pitch letter.

See summer.newcity.com for an archive of previous summer issues and see their guidelines page for more information. The deadline for copy for the Summer Guide is Saturday, May 18th, but sooner is better.

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.

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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

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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.

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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.

Independent Publishers Gather for IBPA’s Publishing University: Guest Post by Alia Neaton

On April 27-28th, independent publishers, writers, and students gathered at the Palmer House Hotel in Chicago for the Independent Book Publishers Association’s Publishing University 2013. Luckily for us, MAWP student Alia Neaton was in attendance all weekend, and has graciously taken the time to write up what she saw and what she learned about independent book publishing for today’s guest post. Alia says she found the conference “informative, inspiring, and helpful,” and would recommend it to anyone interested in attending next year. Thanks, Alia! 

“There are two kinds of authors,” Guy Kawasaki’s eyes leveled the crowd, “The kind who want a big advance and liars.”

Laughter filled the Monroe Room of Chicago’s Palmer hotel as the keynote speaker continued his lecture on self-publishing and his experience in the industry. Kawasaki, the former Apple evangelist and author of APE: Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur—How to Publish a Book, opened the Independent Book Publishers Association’s Publishing University 2013 on Friday, April 27th. With the theme of “Discoverability: How to Reach Your Readers and Sell More Books,” the not-for-profit trade association developed a two-day conference filled with leaders in the independent publishing industry, covering topics ranging from “Secrets of Successful Amazon Selling” to “Strategies for a Winning Social Media Campaign.”

Attendees bustled from session to session, learning tips from the experts and exploring the vendor tables in the Adams Room, where printers, designers, and publishers displayed their services.

Saturday’s Keynote Luncheon featured Dominique Raccah, the founder of the largest woman-owned trader publishing company, Sourcebooks. She described her humble beginnings in 1987 with one book, which, in her words, “sucked!”

In 2012, Sourcebooks sales had bloomed into nearly 8 million books sold. Raccah’s lecture distilled her experience growing the company into the success it is today. She spoke about how publishers needed to consider the experience of their readers, “Discoverability is easier if people want to talk about your book.”

According to Raccah’s formula, there are four “Fundamentals of Making a Book Publisher”:

  1. Create a really strong book
  2. Communicate
  3. Distribute
  4. Rinse and Repeat

While it sounds simple, the groundbreaking work stems from the creative aspect. With the number-one problem in publishing being the disproportionately high failure rate of books, Raccah encouraged the audience to devote attention to the book itself, listing four components to creating a stronger book:

  1. Positioning
  2. Title
  3. Content & Internal Design
  4. Cover & Packaging.

The importance of the book’s cover, title and design had also been emphasized by Guy Kawasaki the day before. In a metaphor pitting publishing against the dating industry, Kawasaki described the consideration with which readers buy e-books as less like eHarmony and more like HotOrNot.com. Readers judge books by their cover.

Raccah’s lecture proved this phenomenon when she provided examples of books that had sold only 5,000 copies until a makeover of the cover and title boosted that number to 85,000. The recurring suggestion of multiple panelists was to always involve professionals and experts in the design, copy editing, and cover art of the book. From self-publishing on Wattpad or Smashwords to distributing through BookBaby or Vook, books can increase their possibility for exposure and reception by tapping into such experts.

“Quit narrowing your possibilities, “Raccah urged, “Create books that inspire you.” Her lecture closed with the insistence that she wanted her presentation to be from heart, “It’s about, in the end, touching people.”

For more information about the Independent Book Publishers Association, visit ibpa-online.org

For a copy of the full 2013 program, visit ibpapublishinguniversity.com/sessions-2013.

Threshold’s Extended Deadline, Alumni News, and More

Threshold, DePaul’s annual literary arts journal, is extending their deadline for submissions through March 8th, 2013, at 11:59 p.m. Guidelines are the same as before and can be found on Threshold‘s tumblr account, as well as the previous Ex Libris call for submissions. This is your last chance to send your work in to DePaul’s award-winning student-run publication!

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In Alumni News, Rita Leganski (MAWP ’09) wrote a short story for Dan Stolar’s fiction class back in 2009 and then turned it into a novel that was bonaventurearrowacquired by HarperCollins. The book, The Silence of Bonaventure Arrow, a magical realist tale in the Southern Gothic tradition, debuts on February 26th in wide release. It was selected as the March Indie Next Pick by Independent Bookstores (American Booksellers Association) and as the April Next Pick by Indigo Bookstores in Canada. It’s been named an Adult Book for Teens and is listed in Academic One File. Library Journal included it as one of the seven debuts to watch, and Doubleday acquired rights to put it out in hardcover as a Book of the Month Club selection.

Rita will be doing a reading and book-signing at Anderson’s Bookshop in Naperville this Wednesday, February 27th, at 7:00 p.m.  Anderson’s is located at 123 W. Jefferson Ave.

The Silence of Bonaventure Arrow has already received significant praise, including the following:

“Suffused with the mystical charm of New Orleans and the Louisiana bayou, Leganski’s lyrical debut novel conjures dreams of voodoo, the power of healing, and the distinction between hearing and listening. This extraordinary, evocative novel will cast a spell over fans of magical realism.” — Library Journal (starred review)

“Magically evocative. . . . The prose is lyrically rhythmic . . . A fine novel about love, loss, revenge and forgiveness.” — Kirkus Reviews

“This mystical fairy tale set in a 1950s-era Louisiana rife with religion, superstition, and tradition draws you in from the wondrous first page. Silence has never been so boundlessly eloquent.” — Booklist

“Lyrical.” — Publishers Weekly

Congratulations, Rita!

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historyconfDePaul’s History Department has issued a call for papers for the Ninth Annual Student History Conference on April 26th, 2013. Every year the history department invites undergraduate and graduate students to submit their historical research of any kind—papers, posters, digital projects—for inclusion in the day-long conference. Work does not have to be completed in a history department course, it just has be historical in nature.

You can submit any historical work you have done in any undergraduate or graduate course at DePaul University from Spring Quarter 2012 through Winter Quarter 2013. In particular, you can send them:

  • Primary-source-based research papers
  • Historiographical papers
  • Copies of history posters or web pages

The deadline to submit your work is Friday, April 5th. Information about the conference can be found at the “Student History Conference” page under “Student Resources” on our department website.

Prizes will be awarded for the best papers and projects. In addition, a selected paper will be published in the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences journal Creating Knowledge.

You can sumbit your papers here.

Two New Writing Contests

Just a reminder- as long as you’re getting your work ready to send out to these great new writing contests, don’t forget to submit it to Threshold as well. The deadline to submit to DePaul’s own literary arts magazine is this Friday, February 15th!

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Arcadia Magazine is currently accepting submissions for its inaugural short story contest. The winner will receive a prize of $1,000 and publication in Arcadia. The deadline for entry is February 15th, 2013.

Fiction writers may submit a short story between 4,000 and 7,000 words, along with a $15 entry fee, via Submittable. There is no required criteria beyond the word limit; stories of any subject or style are eligible. Multiple entries are welcome, but must be submitted separately. All entries will be considered for publication.

Founded in 2009 in Oklahoma City, Arcadia is a print journal published twice yearly in the spring and fall that features the work of both emerging and established writers. In addition to the contest, the magazine accepts year-round submissions of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction, as well as cultural criticism, drama, visual art, comics, music, craft essays, and everything in between—including letters, to be included in the new Epistolary feature on the journal’s website. Whatever the form, the editors state on the site, “We want to see it, read it, hear it, and love it. If it kicks ass, we will find a way to publish it.”

Visit the submissions page for complete guidelines.

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Daring Pride is currently soliciting GLBTQ (gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, questioning)-related fiction and poetry from talented young writers participating in graduate programs across the country. The Daring Pride fiction/poetry contest is accepting submissions by mail and online from January 16th to August 16th, 2013. Writers can submit work to ben.dralle@glbtbookstore.com or to:

Daring Pride Fiction Contest #18
1900 NE 3rd St., Ste. 106
Bend, OR 97701

This is an opportunity for young writers to be seen by potential agents and publishers and to contribute to a new literary journal on glbtbookstore.com. GLBT Books is an Oregon-registered nonprofit which is raising the capital needed to build Stonewall University, the first GLBTQ institution of higher learning in the nation.

Guidelines:

  • A submission is one original short story (maximum 7,000 words) or a poem.
  • The author’s name should not appear on the manuscript.
  • Please include separate cover page with story/poem title and word count as well as the author’s name, address, phone number, and email.
  • Submissions must be typed; pages must be numbered and single spaced. Please use standard fonts in 12 pt font size.
  • Simultaneous submissions are accepted.
  • Unlimited entries per person allowed. You must use a separate entry payment and submission form for each entry.
  • Fiction and/or poetry must be related to GLBTQ issues.
  • Do not include professional resumes or biographies with your entry. Entries are judged anonymously; the judges only consider manuscript quality.
  • Manuscripts will not be returned. Please do not send return envelopes with postage.

Eligibility:

  • This contest is open only to writers who have not yet published a book of fiction or poetry. (This includes self-published books with ISBN numbers.) Those who have published books in other genres remain eligible.
  • Only previously unpublished stories will be accepted.
  • Stories by both US- and internationally-based writers are accepted.

Deadline:

  • The deadline for online and mailed submission is August 20th, 2013.
  • Winner will be announced by September 30th, 2013.

Entry Fee:

  • $10 per entry. Unlimited entries per person.
  • Submission fees must be paid via money order or check made out to “GLBT Books.

Please email Benjamin Dralle at ben.dralle@glbtbookstore.com with any questions or concerns.