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ODU English Department 2022 Undergraduate Critical Essay Competition

The ODU English Department is welcoming submissions of outstanding 2,000-2,500 word critical essays not limited to a specific period, interpretative school or national literature written for an ENGL course offered by the ODU English Department during AY 2021.

Deadline: February 28, 2022 by midnight. In a title page, please include your name, professor's name, course number, and the semester when the essay was submitted (Spring 2021 or Fall 2021).

Make sure your name does not appear elsewhere in the essay.

Send essay and abstract to Dr. Mourão at mmourao@odu.edu.

DEADLINE: FEBRUARY 28, 2022 by 12:00 AM



ODU English Department 2022 Karl Knight Graduate Literary Essay Competition

The ODU English Department is welcoming submissions of outstanding critical essays on any work of literature—not limited to a specific period, national literature, or methodological approach—written during AY 2021 for a course offered by the English Department.

Deadline: March 1, 2022 by midnight. In a title page, please include your name, professor's name, course number, and the semester when the essay was submitted (Spring 2021 or Fall 2021).

Make sure your name does not appear elsewhere in the essay.

Send essay and abstract to Dr. Mourão at mmourao@odu.edu.

DEADLINE: MARCH 1, 2022 by 12:00 AM



Dickseski Fiction Prize

This annual prize, established by ODU English alum Jerri Dickseski, awards $500 and public recognition at the ODU Literary Festival to a graduate and an undergraduate writer of prose fiction in the English Department. Our judge this year will be Brenda Peynado, author of the short story collection The Rock Eaters.

Undergraduate division—must be declared English majors or minors as of April 30, 2021. Prize is $500 and recognition at the Literary Festival in October.

Graduate division—must be enrolled in M.A., M.F.A., or Ph.D. program as of April 30, 2021. Prize is $500 and recognition at the Literary Festival in October.

Submit a short story manuscript of up to 20 pages in length. Your story should be submitted as a .doc or .docx or .pdf file to John McManus at jmcmanus@odu.edu. Please indicate in your email whether you're entering in the graduate or undergraduate division. This will be a blind judging, so the entrant's name should NOT appear in the header, footer, or cover page of the manuscript itself. Winners will be notified in late August and receive their prizes at the 44th Annual Literary Festival in October.

DEADLINE: MARCH 31, 2020


Past Competitions

The 2019 competition has been judged by Lydia Netzer, author of the novels How to Tell Toledo From the Night Sky and Shine Shine Shine. In each category Lydia has selected a winner and an honorable mention.


UNDERGRADUATE DIVISION

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"Mud Men"

Sean Fitzpatrick

Winner


Honorable Mention: Maggie Fluharty, "Bus Stop"

GRADUATE DIVISION

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"Beyond the Waters of Time"

Bhavika Sicka

Graduate Division Winner


Honorable Mention: Shayne Clark, "Let Us All Speak Kind Words"


UNDERGRADUATE DIVISION WINNER

Tristyn Tucker, "Criminal"

GRADUATE DIVISION WINNER

Will Yarbrough, "Bat Country"


UNDERGRADUATE DIVISION WINNER

Samantha Leyda, "Nightlife in Dalsav District"

GRADUATE DIVISION WINNER

Aaron Morris, "Pressure Calculations"


UNDERGRADUATE DIVISION WINNER

Leia Safshekan-Bishop, "Nowhere, California"

GRADUATE DIVISION WINNER

Christopher Giofreda, "Anonymous"





The ODU College Poetry Prizes

(Sponsored through the Academy of American Poets and the Poetry Society of Virginia)

The College Poetry Prize is a very prestigious prize that was established in 1955 by the Academy of American Poets.

14 years ago, through an endowment from the Poetry Society of Virginia and the initiative of then VA Poet Laureate Carolyn Kreiter-Foronda,

ODU's MFA Creative Writing Program was enrolled in the AAP's roster of universities and colleges able to award this prize.

Many of America's most esteemed poets won their first recognition through an Academy College Prize, including Diane Ackerman, Toi Derricotte, Mark Doty, Alice Fulton, Tess Gallagher, Louise Glück, Allen Grossman, Jorie Graham, Kimiko Hahn, Joy Harjo, Robert Hass, Li-Young Lee, Brad Leithauser, J. D. McClatchy, Heather McHugh, Gregory Orr, Robert Pinsky

OPENS: Thursday 4 February 2021

DEADLINE: Monday, March 15, 2021

RESULTS: Around the first week of April.


Contest Rules & Guidelines

  1. Prepare a Word document file with your poetry entry; you may submit 1-3 unpublished poems only, all saved in one single Word document file (not PDF)

  2. Name the Word document with the title of your first poem only. There should be NO identifying names or information anywhere in the document or in the file name.

  3. Send your poem entries by email to oducollegepoetryprize@gmail.com
    In the cover email only, include all of the following information:

    Name
    UIN
    Mailing address (street, city, state, zip code)
    Contact info (phone and email)
    List titles of all poems in your submission

    Undergraduates: Indicate if you are currently an officially registered English major or have a Creative Writing emphasis; OR if you have taken at least one creative writing class in the previous or current academic year (identify the course, the semester, and the instructor).

    Graduates: Indicate if you are currently an officially registered MA, MFA, or PhD English student.


The ODU College Poetry Prizes are selected by an external judge— a poet of national reputation.
Entries which do not follow submission guidelines will be disqualified.