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What's Happening in the Department of English?

The English Department is a vibrant and active part of the university community. The department sponsors a variety of events and activities, such as the English Majors Luncheon held each semester, a creative writing contest held in the fall semester in which both the Giardinia Fiction Prize and the Marshburn Poetry Prize are awarded, and the Annual Essay Contest held each spring. Students can also publish in The Kanawha Review, a student literary magazine published annually, or get experience by working for The Yellow Jacket, the student newspaper. 

A variety of activities are also available to students who join the English Club. If that's not enough, we have two honor societies students can join: Lambda Iota Tau and Sigma Tau Delta.

If you are looking for the page for entering the essay contest for Spring 2015, please follow this link: http://www.wvstateu.edu/literarycontests
 

English Majors Luncheon, Tuesday, April 7, 2015, 12:20pm

In Hill Hall 219

This spring English Majors Luncheon will feature free food prepared by the English Department faculty. We welcome all majors and minors in English! English Education majors, prospective majors, and those curious about the major are also invited to attend. It will be a great time. It will be great food. The winners from the essay contests will also be present to share their work with us.

Curious about what these events are like? The picture below was taken at fall's Majors luncheon. It features faculty, visitors, and the winners of the Marshburn Poetry Prize and the Giardina Fiction Prize (both pictured in the very center). Jessica Hixon won in fiction for her story, "Looking Through Windows." And Kandi Workman won for her poem, "Told You So." Each winner received $100, and she will have her story or poem published in The Kanawha Review.

Annual Literary Prizes

Giardina Fiction Prize

You can enter your fiction--one short story or two short stories (the combined entry should not exceed 15 pages)--in competition each fall for the annual prize honoring the service of Prof. Denise Giardina, long-time creative writing instructor at WVSU. The winner will receive $100 and have the story published in the next issue of The Kanawha Review. All entries will be considered for publication in The Kanawha Review. Contact Dr. Shaw for details. The deadline for Fall 2015 will be announced at the start of the fall semester. Keep your eyes open for the announcement!

Marshburn Poetry Prize

You can enter your poetry--whether lyrical, narrative, dramatic, or imagistic, and in either free verse or a traditional form--in competition each fall for the annual prize honoring the service of Prof. Sandra Marshburn, long-time editor of The Kanawha Review and creative writing instructor at WVSU. The winner will receive $100 and have the poem published in the next issue of The Kanawha Review. All entries will be considered for publication in The Kanawha Review. Contact Dr. Shaw for details. The deadline for Fall 2015 will be announced at the start of the fall semester. Keep your eyes open for the announcement!

Annual Essay Contest

The essay contest is held each spring for currently enrolled WVSU students. Students are encouraged to submit personal narratives or expository essays in one of two categories:
  1. Category 1 is open to students in English 101 and 102 during the current school year. Your personal narrative or an expository essay should be approximately 500-1000 words. The prize is $100.
  2. Category 2 is open to any WVSU student. Your personal narrative, expository essay, or literary analysis should be approximately 500-1000 words. The prize is $150.
The winners in each category will be invited to read their essays at the English Majors Luncheon held during the spring semester. The English Department Essay Contest Committee reserves the right to decide whether to award a prize in a category.

Entries must be turned into the English Department Office (Hill Hall 226).  The entry deadline for Spring 2016 is still to be determined.  Don't forget to fill in the cover sheet, available to the right of the office door.

Student Publications

The Kanawha Review

The Kanawha Review is an annual publication of WVSU and is sponsored by the Office of Student Affairs. Contributors to the magazine are students and former students of the University. Selections are made by student editors and an English faculty editor. The editors believe that a variety of styles, voices, and views should be represented in the magazine.  Students, former students, and alumni are encouraged to submit stories, essays, scripts, drawings, woodcuts, and photographs. Materials to be considered for publication and inquiries should be directed to the faculty editor,
  • Dr. R. Wallace
Yellow Jacket

The Yellow Jacket, WVSU's student newspaper, is published at least twice a month during the school year. The Yellow Jacket provides opportunities for students in reporting, writing, editing, advertising, and graphics.

English Club and Honor Societies

The English Club is primarily a social organization where members discuss and spread a general joy for literature, film and other products of our culture. The literary life is alive and well! And the club offers an open invitation to anyone interested in seeking that life out beyond the classroom setting. The English Club has open membership for ALL State students, not just English majors. Check out the WVSU English Club and Honor Societies Facebook page for information about upcoming events, or contact the faculty advisor:
  • Dr McConnell

Lambda Iota Tau

ΛIΤ is an international literary honor society, whose home page is here. Membership constitutes a reward for academic excellence, and students in the Literature and Professional Writing options can join. To join, you must meet some requirements, such as these:
  • Completed 12 semester hours of literature courses with a B average or higher
  • Submitted to the faculty advisors a research or critical paper on a literary topic (usually this is one you've done in a course)
For more information, contact the faculty advisor:
  • Dr McConnell

Sigma Tau Delta

ΣΤΔ, whose home page is here, is an international English honor society reflecting high achievement in language and literature, including writing. To join, you must have
  • Completed three semesters, with a minimum of two courses in English language or literature (beyond freshman composition), and
  • Maintained a B average
For more information, contact the faculty advisor:
  • Dr McConnell

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