Rules for the 41st annual stark-tinkham writing contest



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RULES FOR THE 41ST ANNUAL STARK-TINKHAM WRITING CONTEST



AWARDS CEREMONY: YJEAN CHAMBERS HALL, WEDNESDAY, APRIL 15, 7:00 P.M.


ELIGIBILITY: Any Purdue student registered for the Fall 2014 or Spring 2015 semesters may submit entries.


DEADLINES: All entries must be received by 5:00 p.m. March 18, 2015. Manuscript entries may be submitted at the Department of English and Philosophy Office, CLO 217. NOTE: Students may now submit contest entries via email. See below for instructions.
SUBMISSION RULES: Any work submitted may be entered in only one category. A student may not enter more than three poems in the poetry category or two short stories in the short story category. Students may enter their works in as many categories as they wish. Entries not properly submitted will be disqualified.
MANUSCRIPT SUBMISSION OPTION: You may submit entries to the contest either as a paper manuscript or by email. Paper entries must be typed, double-spaced, single-sided on standard 8-1/2 by 11 inch paper. Do not write your name or identify yourself anywhere on the manuscript. The title of the entry must appear on all pages at the top. In addition to the hard copy, you will need to provide the entry in Microsoft Word format on a CD or other electronic medium. Entry title and author’s name must be written on the disk label.
To ensure anonymity, each entry manuscript must be stapled to the outside of a large manila envelope. Write the entry title and its category on the outside of the manila envelope. Place your identification page, your self-addressed business envelope, your disk, and your permission form inside the manila envelope and seal it. Submit your packet to the English and Philosophy office, CLO 217.
EMAIL SUBMISSION OPTION: You may now submit entries in all categories by email if you wish. All entries must be sent as an attachment in Microsoft Word format. In the text of the email, include all information described in the “Identification” section below. In the subject line of the email, include the phrase “Stark-Tinkham” and the name of the category you wish to enter. Your identity will not be revealed to the judges. Email your submission to STARKTINKHAM@PURDUECAL.EDU
IDENTIFICATION: Prepare an identification page for each entry including the following information:

  • Student Name

  • Student Number

  • Address

  • Telephone Number and email

  • Category (see below for list of categories)

  • Title

Also prepare a self-addressed, stamped, business-size envelope. You will be notified by mail if you have won a prize; specific prizes will be announced at the awards ceremony.


AWARDS



Due to recent changes in University and IRS regulations, we are unable to award cash prizes at this time. Winners will be recognized with a certificate and gift.


The annual awards ceremony will take place at 7:00 PM, April 18, 2015 in YJEAN CHAMBERS HALL. All participants and their families are encouraged to attend. The winners will be announced and receive their awards during the ceremony.

CORE CATEGORIES

Core categories are sponsored and judged by the Department of English and Philosophy. Entries in core categories may be on any subject matter. Students are encouraged to consult the list of special categories below to see if the subject matter of their work is appropriate for any of the special categories.




Undergraduate (A)


2A. Poetry: A work in any verse form, on any subject matter.

3A. Short Story: A work of prose fiction on any subject matter.


4A. Nonfiction Essay: A non-fiction essay on any topic. E.g. social or political commentary; critique or support of U.S. foreign or domestic policy, reporting on social issues such as poverty or racism. Minimum essay length: 1000 words.
5A. Research Essay: A research paper on any subject. Minimum essay length: 1500 words. Any citation style (MLA, APA) is acceptable.
6A. Critical Essay: An analysis, review or critique of a work in any field of art or literature. Minimum essay length: 1000 words.
7A. Journalism: An article published in the Chronicle during the current academic year; minimum 200 words.
8A Creative Nonfiction: This can include such texts as narrative essay, place essay, profile, and memoir excerpt. Minimum essay length: 1000 words.


Graduate (B)

2B. Poetry: A work in any verse form, on any subject matter.
3B. Short Story: A work of prose fiction on any subject matter.
4B. Nonfiction Essay: A non-fiction essay on any topic. E.g. social or political commentary; critique or support of U.S. foreign or domestic policy, reporting on social issues such as poverty or racism. Minimum essay length: 1000 words.
5B. Research Essay: A research paper on any subject. Minimum essay length: 2000 words. Any citation style (MLA, APA) is acceptable.
6B. Critical Essay: An essay in criticism, focusing on a work in any field of art or literature. Minimum essay length: 1500 words.
7B Creative Nonfiction: This can include such texts as narrative essay, place essay, profile, and memoir excerpt. Minimum essay length: 1000 words.

SPECIAL CATEGORIES


Special categories are sponsored and judged by individuals or groups from various schools and departments of Purdue Calumet, as well as by local agencies not affiliated with Purdue Calumet. All categories are for undergraduates unless otherwise noted.

John S. Tuckey Essay in American Literature

An essay dealing with an aspect of a significant work in American Literature.

Sponsor: Clement Stacy, Department of English and Philosophy

Writing for New Media I: Writing for Interactive Media and the Web
Original design proposals (including treatments/scripts) and/or character descriptions for interactive media and/or web-based presentations—for example, original concepts for computer-based training, computer video games, interactive websites/kiosks, or interactive narratives, among others.

Sponsor: Mark Mabrito

Writing for New Media II: Multimodal Essays and Research Reports.
Any essay or research report that incorporates multiple modalities—that is, text that may be alphabetic while also exploring and integrating affordances of images, sound, and/or video. Work may be submitted as a URL or as a compressed folder with all necessary files.



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