Department of English, College of LAS, University of Illinois


Footnotes: The English Department Newsletter

Volume 58 |February 3, 2014| Number 16

FROM THE GRADUATE STUDIES OFFICE

Fellowship Payment
Graduate students on fellowship for the Spring semester (1/16/14-5/15/14), will receive their last fellowship payment on 5/16/14.

Conference Travel Grants
Due date: Monday, February 17, 2014

Department Fellowship
Due date: Friday, February 28, 2014

Dissertation Travel Grant
Due date: Monday, 3, 2014

Spring 2014 – Dates to Remember 
February 3: Last day to add a first-half session course
February 3: Last day for student to add a semester course without permission
February 3:  Deadline to submit forms to elect to audit a course for the semester
February 28: Last day to elect credit-no-credit option for a first half-session course or to change from credit-no-credit option to a regular grade
February 28: Last day to drop a first half-session course
March 14: Last day for student to drop a semester course on Web Self-Service
March 17:  Second half-session courses begin
March 22-30:  Spring Break
March 31:  Instruction resumes
April 7: Registration for summer and fall begins.  Start times vary.  See your time ticket for  your exact enrollment time at UI Integrate Self Service             (https://apps.uillinois.edu/selfservice/)
April 11: Last day to add a second half-session course
April 11: Last day to take final exam for May doctoral degree
April 18: Deadline for Graduate Student Academic Services office to receive the final exam Certificate of Result
April 18: Last day to withdraw from the current term without a grade of W
April 18: Last day to elect credit-no-credit option for a semester course or to change from credit-no-credit option to a regular grade
April 18: Last day for student to drop a semester course without a grade of W (without approval)
April 18: Last day to add name to May degree list.  Must use Web Self-Service
April 25: Last day to complete deposit of May doctoral dissertations
May 2: Last day to elect credit-no-credit option for a second half-session course or to change from credit-no-credit option to a regular grade
May 2: Last day to drop a second half-session course
May 7: Instruction ends
May 8: Reading Day
May 8: Last day to add or drop a second half-session course with approval (a W is recorded)
May 8: Last day to add or drop a semester course with approval (a W is recorded)
May 8: Last day to change a grade of DFR (in a non-thesis course) or I, awarded last fall to prevent F by rule
May 9-16: Final examination period      
May 16: Last date for receipt of completed petitions in the Graduate College for graduating students
May 17: May degree conferral (Commencement)

 

CALL FOR PAPERS

 

The Junior Quinn Awards recognize achievement and potential in Creative Writing by Junior Creative Writing Majors

Steve Davenport, Associate Director of Creative Writing, will be contacting CW Majors of Junior class standing via email to answer questions and encourage students to submit something.  Feel free to contact him at sdavenpo@illinois.edu to set up an individual appointment or ask questions not answered below.

If you’re an interested Creative Writing Major and a Junior in Spring 2013, you will be asked to apply electronically in late February (submission date and on-line submission process to be announced well in advance) by submitting a sample of your unpublished work (creative nonfiction, 1-2 pieces, no more than 15 pages; fiction, 1-2 stories or an excerpt, no more than 15 pages; OR poetry, 3-5 poems, no more than 7 pages) and a statement of purpose (no more than 200 words explaining where you want to go, why you want to go there, and how the experience will impact your writing).      

Recipient of a Traveling Quinn Award will receive a scholarship to one of several predetermined writing workshops the following summer or, if approved by the Associate Director, to a workshop students have researched and chosen for themselves.  (Here’s a good place to start your research: http://www.newpages.com/writing-conferences/.)  This scholarship, worth up to $2,000, will be applied toward tuition of the workshop, travel, room and board.

Some potential writing workshops are listed below:

Dzanc Disquiet Conference in Lisbon
http://disquietinternational.org/

Hudson Valley Writer’s Center
http://www.writerscenter.org/

Fine Arts Work Center
http://www.fawc.org/summer/

Indiana University Writer’s Conference
http://newsinfo.iu.edu/web/page/normal/8066.html

Iowa Summer Writer’s Festival
http://www.continuetolearn.uiowa.edu/iswfest/

International Women Writer’s Guild
http://www.iwwg.com/index.php?page=22

Taos Summer Writer’ Conference
http://www.unm.edu/~taosconf/Workshops/Workshops.htm

Naropa Summer Writing Program
http://naropa.edu/swp/index.cfm

Prague Summer Program
http://www.praguesummer.com/

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Deadline: Noon, Monday, March 3, 2014

The English Department sponsors and administers two annual graduate creative writing competitions.

Short Fiction:  Josephine M. Bresee Memorial Award, $500; Robert J. and Katharin Carr Graduate Fiction Prize, $300.

Poetry:  Carol Kyle Memorial Award, $400; Robert J. and Katharin Carr Poetry Prize, $300

Contest rules are as follows:

Short Fiction:  no contestant may submit more than one unpublished story (7500 words, maximum length)

Poetry:  no contestant may submit more than 200 lines, as a single unpublished poem or a group of unpublished poems

Only University of Illinois graduate students are eligible to compete.  To be considered for a prize, submissions must adhere to the following rules.  All submissions must be sent to the following email address: sdavenpo@illinois.edu.  Depending on your entry (poetry or fiction), the subject line must read as follows: GRAD POETRY or GRAD FICTION (not both).  If you enter in both categories (poetry and fiction), you will need to send separate emails.    Your name, address, phone number, e-mail address, net id, status (undergrad), and UIN number must appear in the body of the email.  Your fiction OR poetry entry is to be contained in one attachment (doc, docx, or rtf only), the name of which should be as follows: contest category followed by your last name, such as FICTIONJONES or POETRYJONES.  Your name should not appear in the attachment itself.

 Steve Davenport, Assoc Dir of Creative Writing