Contests

Oldenburg Writing Contest
In conjunction with the departments of Classics and Writing, the GVSU English Department is pleased to announce its annual Oldenburg Writing Contest (PDF). Apply online now.

Named in honor of former department member E. William Oldenburg, the contest offers GVSU students first-place cash prizes of $50 and second- and third-place prizes of $25 in each of the following categories.

Categories

  • Personal, analytical, or persuasive essay written by a freshman.
  • Personal essay written by a sophomore, junior, or senior.
  • Analytical or persuasive essay written by a sophomore, junior, or senior.
  • Poetry written by any GVSU undergraduate student. A small portfolio of three to five poems would be an appropriate entry. A single poem normally would not be considered.
  • Fiction written by any GVSU undergraduate student. One short story per entrant.
  • Drama written by any GVSU undergraduate student. One short play per entrant.
  • Essay, poetry, fiction, or drama written by a GVSU graduate student.

Rules

Entries must have been written while the enrolled at GVSU. One entry max per category. Writing entered in a prior year may not be resubmitted. Entries should be typed, double-spaced (photocopies are acceptable) and submitted with a detachable cover-sheet indicating:

  • title of the work
  • category entered
  • contestant's name and student ID
  • address, phone number, and e-mail

Place contestant's name on the cover-sheet only, not on the manuscript.

Deadline
The entry deadline is March 14, 2014. Winners will be notified by letter. The awards will be made at the English Department Awards Ceremony on April 18, 2014.

Shakespeare Student Competition

Sponsored by the English Department, the English MA program, and the Theater Department, the Student Shakespeare Competition (PDF) offers awards for creative, critical, historical, or scholarly projects relating to Shakespeare, his times, and the Renaissance (1350-1650 A.D.) First prize is $100; second prize $75.00; and third prize $50.00.

Categories

  • Performing Arts
  • Performance of Elizabethan period music, drama, or dance.
  • Modern work composed specifically as a response to Shakespeares plays or motion pictures of his work.
  • Piece not to exceed five minutes.
  • Must be prepared to present work on Friday, Oct. 25, 4:00-6:00 p.m. in the Recital Hall (PAC).
     
  • Critical Writing
  • Essays dealing with literary, philosophical, biographical, historical, or scientific subjects relevant to the Renaissance period.
     
  • Graduate Student Writing
  • Essays on Renaissance topics written by GVSU graduate students.
     
  • Visual Arts
  • Painting, drawing, sculpture, ceramic, photography, etc.
  • Film or video work inspired by Shakespeare or his contemporaries.
  • An artists statement must accompany all work describing the artworks relation to Shakespeare or the Renaissance period.

Deadline

All entry forms, writing submissions, and artwork must be received by Monday, October 21. Entries may be dropped off in LHH 126 Monday-Friday 10-4 or emailed to e nglishma@gvsu.edu.

Performing Arts entrants must submit their entry forms by Monday, October 21 and will perform on Friday, October 25 between 4 and 6 pm in the Recital Hall in the PAC.

Submission Guidelines

  • All submissions must include an Entry Form (available in LHH 126 or by emailing englishma@gvsu.edu).
  • All submissions should have only students G number. Students name should be on the entry form only.
  • Winners should attend the Awards Ceremony (Saturday, November 2, at 1 pm) and present their work in order to receive their prizes. For exceptions contact the coordinator.
  • Students cast in Bard to Go or Much Ado about Nothing may not use material they are performing in those productions.
  • All GVSU students are eligible.