The Department of English and Modern Languages seeks submissions from writers and artists for the forty-first annual writing and art contest. First, second, and third place submissions will be published in the student literary journal, Portals; in addition, first place winners of the John J. Pappas Literary Essay (Category Six) and the and the art contest will receive $50 financial aid awards. All authors and artists of winning submissions will receive a copy of Portals.
Students who have enrolled in a PNC course during 2012 or 2013 may submit work.
Category One: English 10100 Essay
An essay, written for any section of English 10100, that is based on personal observation, personal experience, and/or the use of up to two secondary sources. Please follow the most recent MLA guidelines for formatting and documentation. Maximum length: 1,500 words.
Category Two: English 10200 Essay
An essay, written for any section of English 10200, that uses at least two secondary sources. Please format and document your essay according to an appropriate style (for example, MLA, APA, Chicago Style). Maximum length: 3,000 words.
Category Three: General Essay
An essay written for any PNC course. For submissions that use outside sources, please follow the style and documentation guidelines required in the course for which the essay was written (e.g., APA for a Psychology class, MLA for English, Chicago Style for History). Maximum length: 3,000 words.
Category Four: Brownbag Series on Diversity Essay
An essay that responds to, or is inspired by, one of the 2012-2013 Brownbag Series on Diversity presentations. The essay must incorporate some aspect of the presentation (the presentation schedule can be found here). Essays must adhere to the guidelines presented in Category One, Category Two, or Category Three, although submissions based on the guidelines for Essay Three must be documented according to MLA guidelines. Maximum length: 3,000 words.
Category Five: Poetry
A poem of no more than 500 words.
Category Six: Short Fiction
A short story of no less than 1,000 words and no more than 5,000 words.
Category Seven: The John J. Pappas Literary Essay Award
An essay that focuses on at least one literary source, which will serve as primary source material, and includes at least two peer-reviewed secondary sources. Please follow the most recent MLA guidelines for formatting and documentation Maximum length: 5,000 words. *There will be at least one English professor judging this category who is not affiliated with PNC.
Special Topic Category: It’s Not Easy Bein’ Green
An essay that focuses on some aspect of environmental interest at PNC or a bioregion/ecosystem/watershed in which PNC is located. Entries can be in the form of an essay, an imaginative work, or art. Essays must be documented according to MLA guidelines. Maximum length: 4,000 words.
Electronic submissions are encouraged, but all artwork and photographs are welcome. If the submission is not electronic, please submit the work in unframed/unmounted form. Please note that the artwork that wins will appear on the cover of Portals, which is published in black-and-white.
Authors are required to identify each essay submitted for the contest as belonging to one of the categories listed above, with no author submitting more than two entries per category, except for Category Five (Poetry), which can have as many as six submissions per poet.
Electronic submissions are highly recommended, although hard copies are permitted.
For hard copy submissions, three printed copies must be submitted on white 8 1/2″ x 11″ paper, double-spaced, in Times New Roman 12 point font. One cover sheet (a single plain piece of covering paper) must accompany each submission, and it must label the entry as either Category One, Category Two, Category Three, Category Four, Category Five, Category Six, Category Six, Special Category, or art contest. The cover sheet must also include the author’s name, address, telephone number, email address, and PNC identification number. The essays themselves must not have any information that will identify the author. For the art contest, the original and one photocopy (no larger than on 8 ½” x 11”) must be submitted for judging. Submissions may be given to any English and Modern Languages faculty member or submitted at the Student Success Center (LSF 202) no later than noon, April 1, 2013.
For electronic submissions, please follow the formatting guidelines for hard copy submissions and attach your work as two Microsoft Word files (art submission should be sent in an appropriate electronic form). One file will be a cover sheet that identifies the category to which your entry belongs, and it must include the author’s name, address, telephone number, email address, and PNC identification number. The other file will be the essay or the art submission, and this file must not identify the author or artist. Please send your work to email@example.com no later than noon, April 1, 2013, and note the category of your submission in the subject line of the email.
Determination of Awards
Each submission that meets the requirements of the category for which it was submitted will be subject to triple-blind review. That is, each work will be sent to three reviewers without the submitter’s name being revealed to the reviewers. Each work will then be reviewed by its merit, determined by the category and submission type. Reviewers’ decisions are final.
Authors and artists of winning works will be asked to prepare their works for publication, submit a 50-100 word autobiography, and sign a reproduction rights waiver no later than one week after notification of award; failure to comply with these terms will cause the award to be revoked.