Department party was a success!

Thank you to all who attended our annual Welcome Back party yesterday! It was so great seeing majors, faculty, and staff celebrating a new year in the department (and the food wasn’t so bad either). For those of you who could not make it, here’s what you missed:

  • Happy Birthday, Dr. Hill! Belated birthday, that is. It was a special moment for Dr. Hill as we sung “Happy Birthday” and presented her with a cake. Happy Birthday again, Dr. Hill!
  • Food, food, food. Kim outdid herself this year with a feast of the ages! She brought the Italian theme to life with pasta, pizza, cannolis, and a crowd favorite: tiramisu. Oh, and there was an OLIVE OIL BAR. I mean…There was so much to choose from, everyone had to go back for seconds! And thirds, and fourths…
  • Submit to the Ignatian! It’s a new school year, which means it’s time to submit to the Ignatian Literary Magazine. Whether its Fiction, Non-Fiction, or Poetry, take the leap and send something in for a chance to get your work published!

Again, thank you to all who made it in spite of your busy schedule. For those of you who missed out on the party, don’t worry, there’s always next year!

Lastly, a special thank you to Kim for all the hard work she put into yesterday. We appreciate all that you do for the department.

What a great way to start the year!


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Annual department party is coming up!

Our annual back-to-school department party will be on MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 8TH from 2:00-4:00 p.m. in McLaren 251. The theme is an Italy, so come prepared to feast!

Come mingle with new and returning English majors, as well as professors and staff of the English department.

We hope you’ll join us in welcoming in the new semester! We’ll see you there!

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2014 Rattle Poetry Prize

Enter into Rattle’s poetry contest for the chance to win $5,000! One $5,000 winner and ten $100 finalists will be selected in a blind review by the editors of Rattle and printed in the Winter 2014 issue. One $1,000 Reader’s Choice Award will be chosen by subscriber and entrant vote after publication.

Open to writers, worldwide. Poems must be written in English (no translations). No previously published works, or works accepted for publication elsewhere. Simultaneous submissions are allowed, assuming immediate notification if accepted for publication elsewhere. Type or print clearly your name, address, email address, phone number, and the titles of the poems onto the cover sheet. No contact information should appear on the poems themselves. Include a check or money order for $20, payable to Rattle. Send no more than four poems per entry. Multiple entries by a single poet are accepted, however each group of four poems must be treated as a separate entry, with its own cover sheet and $20 fee. Manuscripts will not be returned. Include s SASE or email address to be notified of the results. Winners will be announced on September 15, 2014, and the Reader’s Choice Award will be announced on September 15, 2015. Additional entries may also be offered publication. For an idea of our editorial tastes, the previous eight years of winning poems can be read online. Electronic submissions are accepted as well. Visit their website for more information.

Send entries to:


12411 Ventura Blvd

Studio City, CA 91604

Good luck!!

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Writing Contest Deadline Approaching

Attention all USF English majors and minors!

The deadline for submitting  your pieces for the annual writing contest is Monday, April 21st at 5 pm. All entries should be submitted to Kalmanowitz Hall, Room 487.

For those of you interested, here are the guidelines:

  • Each student may only submit once for each contest:  a single submission containing one essay or short story, or up to three poems in a single submission. If submitting a novel excerpt in the fiction category, the excerpt may not exceed 20 pages in length. Critical papers should not exceed 30 pages in length. All other genres are limited to a maximum of 20 pages. Submit 2 copies, including coversheets.
  • The name of the writer should not appear on any page of the entry. Include a separate cover sheet with your name, title(s) of the work, email address, and phone number.
  • Essays, non-fiction and fiction should be double-spaced, stapled, with numbered pages.
  • Poetry submissions should be single-spaced, stapled, with numbered pages.
  •  All entries should be typed or computer-printed, using a 12-point font.
  •  No corrections will be accepted after the submission date, so please proofread carefully.
  • Contests are judges by published writers who are not faculty at the university.  Names to be announced.
  • Prizes will be announced at the end of the year party on Monday, May 5th from 3:00-5:00pm.

Good luck!

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Student Opportunities

Win $1000 and a writing contract!

Arch Street Press is pleased to announce its annual prize for America’s best college writer in the nonfiction category. Open to undergraduate and graduate students between the ages of 18 and 30, the Arch Street Prize is designed to stimulate interest in writing across the country and to promote today’s extraordinary young writers. Arch Street Press offers each winner a standard contract together with a mentoring program and $1,000 cash prize for his/her chosen manuscript of up to 5,000 words. Please see the website ( for full rules and submission guidelines.


Arch Street Press is an independent nonprofit publisher dedicated to the work of visionaries, social entrepreneurs and leading scholars who advance human potential.


Robert Rimm, Managing Editor

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Job Opportunity!

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