In addition to special events that are advertised on our events page and also sent to English majors and minors in our bi-weekly e-newsletter, current English students are invited to join and participate in activities sponsored by the Iota Psi chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, the International English Honor Society, as well as submit essays to the annual English Major Essay Contest and the new annual Creative Writing Prize.
Membership in Sigma Tau Delta, the International English Honor Society, is an outward recognition of personal accomplishment. It provides opportunities for those interested in English language and literature to join with like-minded persons on the local, regional, national, and international levels. The Iota Psi chapter of Sigma Tau Delta was founded at St. Thomas in 1988.
Students who have a grade point average of at least 3.0 in English courses, rank at least in the highest 35 percent of their class in general scholarship, and have completed at least three semesters of university level work are eligible to apply for membership. There is a one-time membership fee of $40 for new members. For more information about Sigma Tau Delta, please check out its national website or write to Dr. Liz Wilkinson, faculty advisor for Iota Psi.
Any undergraduate student who has 48 or more total credits and has officially declared a major in English, a major in English with Writing Emphasis, a major in English with a Teacher Education Emphasis (5-12), or a major in Literary Studies may enter this contest by submitting an essay written for any ENGL 211 or above English course during the 2014-2015 academic year. Should a minimum number of entries not be received by the contest deadline, the department reserves the right to award no prizes.
Essay should be typed, double-spaced. Please paperclip the formal essay pages together—do not staple. Since it will be judged blindly by a panel of English faculty, do not include your name on the essay itself, just a title. With your essay, submit a cover sheet that includes your name, the essay title, the class for which the essay was written, the instructor’s name, and your UST email address. You have the option of discussing your essay submission with your instructor for revisions and suitability. Please note that your submitted essay will not be returned.
Essay must be received by the English Department administrative office (JRC 333) by 3 p.m. on Friday, April 24th.
A first prize of $150 and one second prize of $100 will be awarded.
The University of St. Thomas English Department is pleased to announce the second annual Creative Writing Prize to honor Lon Otto, Professor Emeritus of English, and his deep and robust legacy in creative writing and to celebrate the best writing by UST students in fiction, poetry, and/or creative nonfiction. Work of any length is welcome, and $500 in prizes will be awarded to the best work(s) as evaluated by the editors of the Summit Avenue Review and the creative writing faculty. The winner(s) of the prize will be featured in this year's Summit Avenue Review and celebrated at the magazine's release reading in early May.
To be considered for the prize, students should submit work using Submittable link on the Summit Avenue Review submissions page. Work already submitted for this year's Summit Avenue Review will be considered for the prize, and all work submitted for the prize will also be considered for publication in the magazine. The deadline for consideration is Monday, March 2, 2015.