Contestants: Open to all public and private high school students in the four-county area of Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River and Okeechobee counties. Seniors will be eligible for an IRSC scholarship and have their work published in a peer-review, departmental journal. All other entries will be eligible for awards.
Deadline: February 17, 2020
Categories: Each contestant will submit a sample of his/her writing on any subject in only one (1) of the following categories: (1) Short Story or (1) One-Act Play or (1-3) Poems. Short stories and plays must be within 2000 to 3000 words.
Submissions: Mail entries to Professor Suchismita Banerjee, Indian River State College, English/Communications/Modern Languages Department, Room J-216, 3209 Virginia Avenue, Fort Pierce, FL 34981. Entries must be postmarked no later than February 17, 2020.
Please mark the envelope "Creative Writing Contest."
Format: All entires must be typed using 12 point Times New Roman or Arial font.
Short stories and plays must be double-spaced with one-inch margins.
Include a cover page with the following information:
Judges: Judges will be members of the Indian River State College English/Communications/Modern Languages Department.
Additional Information: Seniors will be eligible for one of two IRSC scholarships if they choose to attend IRSC. All admission requirements for the established scholarship will apply. Complete information is available from the Indian River State College Financial Aid Office and/or the English/Communications/Modern Languages Department. Contact the contest coordinator, Professor Suchismita Banerjee at email@example.com or 772-462-7666.
Awards Ceremony: Thursday, March 26, 2020 at 6:30 p.m., IRSC Main Campus, Brown Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship, Room Y-102
CRW I and II
Instructor: Suchi Banerjee
Mondays and Wednesdays: 11.00-12.15
This course is designed to introduce writers to the craft and technique of poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction. In this class we will learn how to read “like a writer”, create our own creative text, and help other students by critiquing their work and offering substantial feedback through regular workshops. Students will also learn how publishing works in real life and how they can publish their work.
What do zombies, Bollywood, and Regency England have in common? They are all part of a new Composition II class offered next semester at Indian River State College.
ENC1102-11-012 Composition II will be offered on Tuesdays and Thursday from 9:30 to 10:45 on main campus and is themed around Jane Austen in Hollywood.
Students will be provided a free hardcopy book from the IRSC library to use for the semester and study the cultural crossings between the writing of Jane Austen and Hollywood’s take on her narratives, from zombie literary genres to Keira Knightly as Austen’s famous heroine, Elizabeth Bennet.
Registration is now open.
There is limited seating for this course, so register today!
You can register for this class here: https://www.irsc.edu/admissions/register-for-class.html
Greetings from the Florida College English Association!
We are hosting our upcoming conference in Tampa, Florida in October. Will you please share the following information with your English department including full-time faculty and adjuncts?
The Florida College English Association invites your submission for our annual conference held in Ybor City on October 18-20. The conference theme this year is “Coming to America (and Florida): the Literature of Immigration,” but we welcome submissions on all topics of English and its related fields. The keynote speaker will be Philip Diederich, author of Playing for the Devil's Fire (2016) and Sofrito (2015).
To submit your paper or panel proposal, send an email with your contact information and a one-paragraph description of your presentation to firstname.lastname@example.org. The submission deadline in September 7, but we welcome earlier submissions. Unfortunately, our website has been experiencing some technical difficulties, so, if you have any questions, please contact the conference coordinator, Donald Pharr, at email@example.com or (863)838-8638.
Hillsborough Community College’s Ybor campus will be hosting the conference panels and events next door to this year’s accommodations at the Hilton Garden Inn in the Tampa/Ybor Historic District. To book your room and lock in the specially-priced FCEA rate, call (813)769-9267.
We hope you can join us this year for scholarship and fellowship in English at the FCEA 2018 conference.
he Indian River Review is currently soliciting submissions for its fifth issue scheduled for publication in late spring 2018. The theme for this issue is home: home as place, as idea, as state of being. In a society that seems increasingly unrooted and atomized, does home still have its gravitational force and tug? Against the warp and disruption of the current tumult, does it persist? Has it devolved to a walled-off and gated insularity? Can we take it with us when we go? Does it belong to us or we to it?
The deadline for submissions is March 31, 2017. Genres include short fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction, critical essays, black and white photography, and book reviews. Please do not send explicit content. All work is peer reviewed. The journal accepts only electronic submission, no hard copies. Simultaneous submissions and previously published works are allowed. See formatting and submission instructions below. Submissions received that do not comply with the instructions below may not be reviewed for consideration.
File and Submission Requirements:
• All submissions should be sent as email attachments to the corresponding editor’s email address as indicated below. (For example, book reviews submissions must be sent to the book reviews editor, not the short fiction editor.) The first page of the attached submission must include your name (as you would want it included in a by line); email address; mailing address; and short third-person bio (about 3 to 5 sentences). Use left justification and proper grammar, including use of the Oxford comma and initial capitalization. Titles of journals and books should be italicized. If you are sending photography, this may be included in a separate text file; however, for any other submissions, make sure this information is inside the submission at the top of page 1. Also include your full name and email address in the header so that it is on every page. However, do not type it on every page.
• Text files must be sent as .doc, .docx, or .rtf email attachments. Include your full name in the file name as well as the title of the work you are submitting. (For example, your file might be name MaryJones-Flowers-for-Eden.rtf.). Include your full name in the header of the work you are submitting as well. Please use a header versus typing your name on every single page.
• Photography files must be sent as .tiff or .jpg email attachments. Include your full name in the file name of the photo along with the title of the photo. (For example, your file might be name MaryJones-Flowers-for-Eden.jpg.)
• Send short fiction attachments to firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Send poetry attachments to email@example.com.
• Send creative non-fiction attachments to firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Send book review attachments to email@example.com.
• Send critical essays attachments to firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Send photography attachments to email@example.com.
Format Requirements: Text-based submissions must use 12 point font, left justification, and correct MLA format, which includes in-text citations and Works Cited for critical essays. Double space text (which does not include hitting the enter key at the end of each line of text) and only use one space between sentences. Use proper grammar, including use of the Oxford comma and initial capitalization. Do not include endnotes.
• Short fiction, creative non-fiction, and critical essays are limited to 4,000 words.
• Book reviews are limited to 1,000 words.
• Use left justification and proper grammar, including use of the Oxford comma and initial capitalization. Titles of journals and books should be italicized.
• Send no more than 5 submissions for poetry.
Submissions that do not follow guidelines may not be considered.
Please make sure to spend time proofing and editing your text submissions before sending them. Authors may even want to consider asking a friend to read the work first to help make sure an error free submission is sent. Submissions with incorrect grammar or misspellings may be automatically excluded from the review process. Those submissions that are accepted must be open to receiving minor editorial corrections. Payment upon publication will include one copy of The Indian River Review.
Approaches to Teaching the Works of Edwidge Danticat
Suchismita Banerjee, Marvin E. Hobson, and Celucien L. Joseph (editors)
The goal of this book is to provide a pedagogical approach to teach Edwidge Danticat’s collection of works. The project has a twofold objective. First, it will explore diasporic categories and postcolonial themes such as gender constructs, cultural nationalism, cultural and communal identities, problems of location and (dis) location, religious otherness, and the interplay between history and memory. Secondly, the book will investigate Danticat’s human rights activism, the immigrant experience, the relationship between the particular and the universal, and the violence of hegemony and imperialism in relationship with society, family, and community. We envision this book to be interdisciplinary and used in undergraduate and graduate courses. We are particularly interested in the teaching of her major works including but not limited to the following:
Contributors will be notified of acceptance on Monday, February 13, 2017. We are looking for original and unpublished essays for this book.
About the Editors
Suchismita Banerjee is a Professor of English at Indian River State College. Her teaching and research interests include Postcolonial literature and film, Third World Feminism, British Literature, and South Asian Diaspora.
Marvin E. Hobson is a Professor of English at Indian River State College. His teaching and research interests include British Literature, Modernism, and African American Literature.
Celucien L. Joseph is a Professor of English at Indian River State College. His teaching and research interests include African American Literature, Caribbean Culture and Literature (Francophone and Anglophone), African American Intellectual History, Comparative Black Literature and Culture, African Literature (Francophone and Anglophone), Postcolonial Literature, Critical Theory, Religion.