AWARDS CEREMONY: CIVS Immersive Theater (Powers-123, Hammond), on Wednesday, April 5, 7-9 PM
ELIGIBILITY: Any PNW student registered for the Fall 2016 or Spring 2017 semesters or alumnus from the Fall 2015 or Spring 2016 graduating classes may submit entries.
DEADLINE: All entries must be received by 5 PM on Wednesday, March 15, 2017. Manuscript entries may be submitted at the Department of English office, CLO 217, or students may submit contest entries via email. See below for instructions.
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. SUBMISSIONS: You may submit entries to the contest either by email or as a paper manuscript.
You may submit entries in all categories by email. 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 email@example.com
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 and electronic medium inside the manila envelope and seal it. Submit your packet to the English office, CLO 217.
IDENTIFICATION: Prepare an identification page for each entry including the following information:
You will be notified by email if you have won a prize; specific prizes will be announced at the awards ceremony.
First, second, and honorable mention winners will be recognized at the ceremony.
In addition, the work of first-place winners in all essay and creative writing categories will be published in the 2018 Portals literary journal.
Bethany T. Lee and Sarah White, Portals Co-editors
All finalists will be notified by e-mail; specific prizes will be announced at the awards. The annual awards ceremony will take place at 7 PM, April 5th in the CIVS Immersive Theater in Powers Building, Room 115, Hammond campus. All participants and their families are encouraged to attend.
Core categories are sponsored and judged by the Department of English. 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.
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: An essay (e.g. narrative, lyrical, place, profile) or memoir excerpt. Minimum essay length: 1000 words.
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: An essay (e.g. narrative, lyrical, place, profile) or memoir excerpt. Minimum essay length: 1000 words.
Special categories are sponsored and judged by individuals or groups from various schools and departments of Purdue University Northwest. All special categories are forundergraduate studentsunless otherwise noted.
John S. Tuckey Essay in American Literature
An essay dealing with an aspect of a significant work in American Literature.
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.
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.
Sponsor: Mark Mabrito, Department of English
John Shaver Memorial Award for Novel in Progress
A longer fictional work presenting a central character and his or her problem. The first thirty to forty pages, or two to three chapters, plus chapter by chapter synopsis of fifty to a hundred words each for the rest of the novel must be complete.