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Peter Pietrangelo of Sault Ste. Marie presented a research paper at the 2010 John Burroughs Nature Writing Conference and Seminar held during the summer at the State University of New York in Oneonta. The conference, "Old Lessons for a New Millennium: Nature Writing and Environmentalism in the 21st Century," focused on the work of writers who contributed to the early conservation movement of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and the work of contemporary writers who are exerting an influence on the development of early 21st century environmentalism. Read more

Peter Pietrangelo ('10)
Liberal Studies, concentrations in both English and professional communication

Department of English

Annual Writing Contests

Each year, the Department of English holds five writing contests: three contests for the best papers written in the previous calendar year as part of the ENGL 091, ENGL 110, and ENGL 111 courses at LSSU; and two creative writing contests, the Stellanova Osborn Poetry Contest and the LSSU Short Story Contest. Rules, directions for entering, and deadlines are listed for each of the five contests below.

Composition Contests

Entries will be accepted for all three essay-writing contests from December 1, 2014 until January 31, 2015.
Winners will receive their prizes and be recognized at the department's end-of-year banquet, which takes place in late spring.

Best ENGL 091 Paper Written in 2014 ($50 prize)

This contest is open annually during the late fall through the early spring for papers written for courses from the last calendar year. Winners and runners up may be published in a department publication and/or on the English website. To submit, email an essay to english@lssu.edu, with the subject title "Best ENGL 091 Paper." Students may submit up to two essays. In the text of your email, list the title of the essay(s), your own name with contact information (address, email, and phone), the name of your professor, and the semester the paper was written (the contest occurs for papers written in the previous year —so in 2011-12, Spring '11 and Fall '11 papers were accepted; in 2012-13, Spring '12 and Fall '12 papers were accepted; this year, Spring '13 and Fall '13 papers will be accepted, and so on). Please do not put identifying information on the entry file itself; only a title.

Best ENGL 110 Papers Written in 2014 ($50 prize)

For the personal essay contest, the judges look for a personal essay written in an ENGL 110 class that demonstrates a clear purpose and develops that purpose in a thoughtful style.

For the critical essay contest, the judges look for a critical essay (argumentative, analytical, explicative, etc.) written in an ENGL 110 class that demonstrates a clear purpose and develops that purpose in a thoughtful style.

This contest is open annually during the late fall through the early spring for papers written for courses from the last calendar year. Winners and runners up may be published in a department publication and/or on the English website. To submit, email an essay to english@lssu.edu, with the subject title "Best ENGL 110 Paper: Personal" or "Best ENGL 110 Paper: Critical." Students may submit one essay in each category. Please send a separate email for each entry. In the text of your email, list the title of the essay, your own name with contact information (address, email, and phone), the name of your ENGL 110 professor, and the semester the paper was written (the contest occurs for papers written in the previous year—so in 2011-12, Spring '11 and Fall '11 papers were accepted; in 2012-13, Spring '12 and Fall '12 papers were accepted; this year, Spring '13 and Fall '13 papers will be accepted, and so on). Please do not put identifying information on the entry file itself; only a title.

Best ENGL 111 Paper Written in 2014 ($100 prize)

For this contest, the judges look for a research paper written in ENGL 111 that demonstrates an ability to develop a clear and sustained argument using your own ideas as well as college-level sources.

This contest is open annually during the late fall through the early spring for papers written for courses from the last calendar year. Winners and runners up may be published in a department publication and/or on the English website. To submit, email your essay to english@lssu.edu, with the subject title "Best ENGL 111 Paper." In the text of your email, list the title, the semester the paper was written (the contest occurs for papers written in the previous year —so in 2011-12, Spring '11 and Fall '11 papers were accepted; in 2012-13, Spring '12 and Fall '12 papers will be accepted; this year, Spring '13 and Fall '13 papers will be accepted, and so on), the name of your professor, and your own name with contact information (address, email, and phone). Please do not put identifying information on the entry file itself; only a title.

Creative Writing Contests

Stellanova Osborn Poetry Contest ($100 prize)

For this contest, finalists are blindly selected for clarity of image, precision in language, and careful attention to craft elements which heighten the sense of the moment. Winning poems and runners up are selected by an outside judge (2014 judge to be announced: past judges include critic and writer Joseph D. Haske, and writer and poet Helen Frost).

This contest is open annually to any student at LSSU who submits up to three poems during the submissions period (December 1, 2014-March 31, 2015). Each poem must have a title.  All entries must be e-mailed and sent in a single attachment to english@lssu.edu. In the e-mail, mention your poem title(s) and student number. In the file attachment, include only your student number and address on the top left-hand corner of the first page. Do not include your name. Put “Stellanova Osborn Poetry Contest” in the email title. There are no restrictions on subject or style. The judges reserve the right not to award any prizes. Submission of your entry is considered permission to publish it in an LSSU student journal and/or on the English website.

LSSU Short Story Award ($100 prize)

For this contest, finalists are selected based on depth of character, attention to language, a compelling story, and an underlying greater truth. Winning stories and runners up are selected from finalists by an outside judge (2014 judge to be announced: past judges include critic and writer Joseph D. Haske, and writer and poet Helen Frost).

This contest is open annually to any student at LSSU who submits up to two stories during the submissions period (December 1, 2014-March 31, 2015). Each story must have a title.  All entries must be e-mailed and sent as attachments to english@lssu.edu. In the e-mail, mention your story title(s) and student number. In the file attachment, include only your student number and address on the top left-hand corner of the first page. Do not include your name. Put “LSSU Short Story Contest ” in the email title. There are no restrictions on subject or style. The judges reserve the right not to award any prizes. Submission of your entry is considered permission to publish it in an LSSU student journal and/or on the English website.

Past Winners

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2012

2011

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Jessica Hirt

"One of my favorite things about LSSU is its size. The classrooms, especially as you get to the upper levels, get smaller, so you not only have a chance to discuss your ideas in an honest, supportive manner, but you also get to know your professors and classmates. The upper level courses really allow you to focus on what you love, and the small class size allows you to have time to share and to discuss your ideas." [ more ]

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