Students are invited to submit work for upcoming writing award– cash prizes

terrence_hayesThe Marygrove College English and Modern Languages Department announces

The Amy S. McCombs-Frederick P. Currier Writing Award

Cash Prizes Totaling $1,000

In honor of award-winning poet Terrance Hayes’s appearance on campus as the 25th guest speaker of the Contemporary American Authors Lecture Series, we invite student writing inspired by Mr. Hayes’s work. You may submit a poem, short story, or play; a personal, reflective essay; or a critical analysis of some aspect of Hayes’s writing.

A critical or interpretive paper might explore such topics as word choice, imagery, or form; recurring themes such as race, class, and history; the use of binaries such as light/dark, birth/death, fire/water, etc; the depiction of gender and/or sexuality; the use of art, music, and popular culture; or Hayes’s place in American and/or African-American literary traditions. A poem, short story, or play should use elements that are evident in Hayes’s work. A personal reflective paper should connect to the issues Hayes raises and should make some direct reference to his work.

Rules of the Competition

Eligibility:  Marygrove students who are enrolled in an undergraduate degree program and officially registered for the winter 2013 academic term.

Format: All submissions must be typed (double-spaced).  Identify your entry by student ID number on the title page.  Do not put your name on the cover page or within the text.

Number of Entries: Limited to two per student.

Length: 1000-word minimum for prose entries.

Deadline: All entries must be submitted by 12:00 noon, Tuesday, April 9, 2013.  Submit entries to Laurie Kopack, Administrative Assistant, English and Modern Languages Department, c/o Room 289, Madame Cadillac Building. Or, you may submit electronically, by emailing your entry as a Word attachment to lkopack@marygrove.edu. Entries will not be accepted after 12:00 noon on April 9. For more information, call 313.927.1383.

Award Presentation: Winners are expected to attend a dinner in honor of Terrance Hayes hosted by President David Fike on Friday evening, April 19, 2013.  The awards will be presented during the dinner.

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