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Department of English

Annual Writing Contests

Each year, the Department of English holds five writing contests: two creative writing contests, the Stellanova Osborn Poetry Contest and the LSSU Short Story Contest, and 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. Rules, directions for entering, and deadlines are listed for each of the five contests below.

Creative Writing

Stellanova Osborn Poetry Contest ($100 prize)

For this contest, finalists were selected for clarity of image, precision in language, and careful attention to craft elements which heightened the sense of the moment. The following winning poems and runners up were selected blindly by the final judge, Joseph Haske, from the finalists:

Winner

"I Long to See the Day" by Daisy Fentiman
Runners Up
"Water Waits" by Daisy Fentiman
"Balreet (Villanelle Love Poem)" by Brian Heeke
"The Intimacy of Dreams" by Michael Magaha
Finalists
"Pyramid" by Wyatt Hanson
"A Stillness" by John Keller
"Dressing Up" by John Keller
"Spider in the Garden Trellis" by Steve Keller
"sacrifice" by Mitchell Klooster
"At an Awards Ceremony" by Charlotte Mazurek
"Glass Slippers" by Jana Tahtinen

Winners and runners up will be recognized at the department's end-of-year banquet, which will take place on Friday, April 25, from 3-5 pm in the Anchor Room. The final judge for the Stellanova Osborn Poetry Contest this year was Joseph Haske, novelist, poet, award-winning short story writer, contributing editor of American Book Review, and LSSU English Department alum. This contest opened November 27, 2013, and closed March 15, 2014.

This contest is open annually to any student at LSSU who submits up to three poems before the deadline. 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 were selected based on depth of character, attention to language, a compelling story, and an underlying greater truth. The following winner and runners up were selected blindly by the final judge, Joseph Haske, from the finalists:

Winner
"Five Years" by Daisy Fentiman
Runners up
"Missing" by Elizabeth Masters
"The Ticket" by Jana Tahtinen
Finalists
"After the Blackout" by Wyatt Hanson
"Did You Mean to Throw This Away?" by Esther Haven
"Repairs" by John Keller
"God's Honest Truth" by Steve Keller

Winners and runners up will be recognized at the department's end-of-year banquet, which will take place on Friday, April 25, from 3-5 pm in the Anchor Room. The final judge for the LSSU Short Story Award this year was Joseph Haske, novelist, poet, award-winning short story writer, contributing editor of American Book Review, and LSSU English Department alum. This contests opened November 27, 2013, and closed March 15, 2014.

This contest is open annually to any student at LSSU who submits up to two stories before the deadline. 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.

Composition

Winners will be recognized at the department's end-of-year banquet, which will take place on Friday, April 25, from 3-5 pm in the Anchor Room.

Best ENGL 091 Paper Written in 2013 ($50 prize)

Winner
Tyler Aikens, "Autism Training in the School System"

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 2013

Personal Essay Winner ($50 prize)
Charles Hunter, "That's the Ticket"

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

Critical Essay Winner ($50 prize)
Jennifer Fredericks, "The Safety of Aspartame"

For this contest, the judges looked 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 2013 ($100 prize)

Winner
Lindsey McCullough, "Japanese for English Speakers" 

For this contest, the judges looked 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.

Past Winners

2012

2011

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"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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