Opportunities Await!

The new year has taken a firm hold, and the semester has begun again. Now is the time to dust off last year’s works for publication, and to take a look at some of this year’s upcoming events. Not sure where to send or look? Try some of these:


SUNY Albany Graduate Student Conference

The 5th Annual Institutions & Societies Graduate Student Conference is organized to provide all graduate students in the capital region an open venue for sharing their work and promote cross-discipline dialogue to improve the overall quality of research.  The conference also seeks to allow graduate students to present their work and receive peer and faculty feedback in a “low threat” environment without the pressure of a major academic conference.

The theme of the conference has consistently been Institutions and Societies, leaving the definitions of these two concepts purposefully broad and vague to allow for the largest variation in the proposals.  We welcome proposals from all areas of the humanities and social science as well as any other work that fits with our theme including interdisciplinary scholarship.

We invite your graduate students to submit one paper per individual. Proposals may also be made to present a group of papers as a single panel.  When submitting an individual paper proposal, please submit an abstract of no more than 200 words.  If proposing a panel, please keep in mind that there must be a minimum of three and a maximum of five papers to form a panel.  The deadline for proposals to the 2017 conference is Friday, February 3rd, 2017.

The conference will take place on Friday, February 24, 2017 at the Downtown Campus of SUNY Albany, located at 135 Western Avenue, Albany, New York 12222. To submit a proposal or for more information please visit our 2017 Conference website (https://sites.google.com/site/institutionsandsocieties/home).

If you have any questions, please email us at institutions.society@gmail.com


Help Protect the NEA

Here is something that we can do as individuals to support the NEA, which is in danger. Please forward this to other artists and arts advocates. The number of names on the petition is still painfully small. To be noticed, it will need to make 100,000 names. The NEA and NEH will have a chance to defend their budgets in the next month or so, as I understand it, and anything we can do will help.

Check out the American for the Arts petition and send around to anyone you know to have people sign to preserve the NEA:

https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/preserve-national-endowment-arts-and-national-endowment-humanities


SUNY Albany Spring 2017 Reading Series

We kick off an exciting Spring 2017 season with major American author Robert Coover who will present Huck Out West.  The book is a rollicking adventure tale, an homage to Twain, and– at the same time– a scathing satire of American racism, greed and brutality.

Robert Coover, pioneer of experimental and electronic fiction, is celebrated for work that reinvents and reimagines the art of storytelling. The New York Times has called him “a one-man Big Bang of exploding creative force.” He is the author of more than 25 books including the novels The Origin of the Brunists (1966), which received the William Faulkner Award for best first novel; The Public Burning (1977), nominated for a National Book Award; and the story collection A Night at the Movies (1987), winner of the Rea Award. His new novel, Huck Out West (2017), picks up where Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn leaves off – on the eve of the Civil War. In a starred review Booklist described the book as “a near-masterpiece…a surprisingly tender, touching paean to the power of storytelling and the pains of growing up.”

Following Huck west as he rides shotgun with the Pony Express, mines for gold, and lives with the Lakota, the novel explores a formative period in American history, from the Civil War to the centennial year of 1876. In the West, it’s a time of grand adventure, but also one of greed, religious insanity, mass slaughter, virulent hatreds, widespread poverty and ignorance, ruthless military and civilian leadership, and huge disparities of wealth.

Seminar — 4:15 p.m., Recital Hall, Performing Arts Center
Reading — 8:00 p.m., Recital Hall, Performing Arts Center

Cosponsored by UAlbany’s English Department to inaugurate its new Creative Writing minor

For more information about the upcoming Spring Series, visit http://www.albany.edu/writers-inst/webpages4/programpages/vws.html or call 518 442 5620.


CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: Chicago Tribune’s Nelson Short Story Contest
Deadline: January 31, 2017

Story length: 8000 words
Prizes: $3,500 for winner, other amounts for four finalists, five runners-up.
Format: Double-spaced, without name or identifying information  on any pages.
Submission Limit: Two stories
No Submission fee
http://www.chicagotribune.com/about/ct-2017-algren-contest-begins-20161201-story.html


 

The Southeast Review’s 2017 Contests in Fiction, Poetry, and Nonfiction

World’s Best Short-Short Story Contest

In 1986, Jerome Stern, the then-director of Florida State University’s Creative Writing Program and renowned author of Making Shapely Fiction among other books, founded this contest to celebrate what he called “micro fiction” (submissions at that time were required to be under 250 words, and the winner received a crate of oranges as well as a check). Stern passed away from cancer in 1996 and though the guidelines and prize have changed since then, we are grateful to have a modern master of the short-short story judge the entries annually, and continue to hold the contest in memory of Stern.

Send up to three short-short stories per submission, accompanied by a $16 reading fee for mailed or online submissions. Each short-short story should be no more than 500 words. Include your name, contact information (email address preferred), and the title of each of your short-short stories in a very brief cover letter. Do not include personal identification information on the short-shorts themselves. Robert Olen Butler will judge. One winner (awarded $1,000) and up to five finalists will be announced in spring/summer 2017 and will appear in Volume 36.1 (Winter 2018).  For mailed submissions, label envelope: WBSSSC. Do not address your submission directly to the judge.

The Southeast Review Gearhart Poetry Contest

This contest was developed in 1996 to honor Michael Wm. Gearhart, a Ph.D. student in creative writing at FSU who died suddenly at the age of 39 as he was completing the final steps of his degree. The contest continues to support the production of SER (known by the name Sundog: The Southeast Review during Michael’s tenure) in his memory.

Send up to three poems, no more than 10 pages total, accompanied by a $16 reading fee for mailed or online submissions. Include no more than one poem per page. Include your name, contact information (email address preferred), and the title of each of your poems in a very brief cover letter. Do not include personal identification information on the poems themselves. Erin Belieu will judge. One winner (awarded $1,000) and up to five finalists will be announced in spring/summer 2017 and will appear in Volume 36.1 (Winter 2018). For mailed submissions label envelope: Gearhart Poetry Contest. Do not address your submission directly to the judge.

The Southeast Review Narrative Nonfiction Contest

Send one piece of nonfiction, no more than 6,000 words total, accompanied by a $16 reading fee for mailed or online submissions. Include your name, contact information (email address preferred), and the title of your submission, and the total word count of your piece in a very brief cover letter. Do not include personal identification or information, except word count, on the submission itself. Matthew Gavin Frank will judge. One winner (awarded $1,000) and up to two finalists will be announced in spring/summer 2017 and will appear in Volume 36.1 (Winter 2018). For mailed submissions, label envelope: SER Nonfiction Contest. Do not address your submission directly to the judge.

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Best of luck in the new year!

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