Weekly Round-Up

Wallace Stevens Prize Competition:

The English Department has announced this year’s Wallace Stevens Prize for best essay on modern American or British poetry (1900-1939) by an undergraduate English department major or minor. The best critical essay will receive an award of $500. Entries are due November 5, 2020.  For more information, see the flyer.

Guidelines for Submission:

  • Length/Word limit: strict 5,000 words maximum for undergraduate entries
  • All entries must be submitted as wither .docx or .pdf files
  • Entries must be double-spaced with 12-point font
  • MLA style should be used
  • Eligibility: any student enrolled in an English department major or minor at Illinois during the previous 12 months before the submission deadline
  • One essay per entrant per year; previous winners are not eligible

All questions should be directed, and entries submitted, to Associate Head of English Rob Barrett (rwb@illinois.edu).

Confidential Advisor Services:

Confidential Advisor services has now been expanded to offer both phone and virtual support beginning Monday, October 5th. The Women’s Resources Center (WRC) is the designated campus confidential advising resource for issues of sexual assault/rape, sexual harassment, sexual exploitation, stalking and abuse within a relationship. Students, faculty, and staff survivors of all gender identities are welcome and able to receive advocacy and support services at the WRC. For more information on our advocacy and support service offerings, please visit https://oiir.illinois.edu/support-services.


Part-time Student Positions:

Siebel Center for Design is currently hiring two part-time student positions (open to both undergraduate and graduate students). If you are looking for a virtual position and meet the criteria, you can apply for those positions. For eligibility and more information visit Augmented Reality Experience Developer (Mural Project) and Game Engine Programmer (Playful by Design).

CMN 199: Business Comm Topics & Tactics:

If you are in need of a 2nd 8-week course, CMN 199 might be a good option for you. It’s a hybrid 1 hour course (Mon/Wed 3:30-4:50 PM, 1027 Lincoln Hall + asynchronous online). The course is restricted to students with Sophomore, Junior, and Senior class standing. For more information visit https://courses.illinois.edu/schedule/2020/fall/CMN/199.

Submit to the AWP Intro Journals Project (Fiction, Poetry, Creative Nonfiction):

The Intro Journals Project is a literary competition for the discovery and publication of the best new works by students currently enrolled in AWP member programs. The Creative Writing faculty of the English department at the UIUC can nominate one story, one essay, and three poems to this national award.

If you are currently a CW major or a CW minor or an MFA candidate and would like to be considered for nomination, send one short story (max. 25 pages), one essay (max. 25 pages), or up to three poems via email attachment to John Dudek at jdudek4@illinois.edu by 12:00 noon, Monday, November 2, 2020.

Submission Instructions

Please include in the body of your email your name and academic year (junior, senior, MFA candidate, etc.) as well as your permanent address. Attach your submission as a .pdf, .doc, or .docx file. Your file name should be the title of your submission or some abbreviation of the title(s). The Subject line of your email should read: “AWP Genre: Last Name.” For example: “AWP Nonfiction: Dudek.”

DO NOT include your name or any personal identification on your submission file itself.

Please note that work previously published or under consideration for publication elsewhere is not eligible. Previous winners are also ineligible.

More info about the AWP Journals Project can be found at https://www.awpwriter.org/contests/intro_journals_project_overview

For questions, contact John Dudek, Associate Director of Creative Writing, at jdudek4@illinois.edu.

Year of the Creative Writer (YOCW) Events:

Next week, as part of the Year of the Creative Writer, the English Department’s Creative Writing Program, Humanities Research Institute, and The Urbana Free Library are hosting two readings by poet, Daniel Borzutzky and fiction writer, Christopher Grimes. These are Zoom events and will allow time for discussion with the authors after their readings.

The Urbana Free Library-hosted reading will be held on Tuesday October 13 at 7:00PM. You can register for it here:


The Creative Writing and HRI-hosted reading will be held on Wednesday, October 14 at 4:30PM. You can access the event with this zoom link:


Password: CW2020

Bailey Unpaid Internship Scholarship:

Are you interested in an unpaid internship but are concerned about the financial hardship it may cause? The Fred S. Bailey Unpaid Internship Scholarship Program offers academic scholarships to undergraduate students at the University of Illinois who will complete an unpaid internship with a public service agency or not-for-profit organization. Awards are $1,000 for a part-time internship or $2,500 for a full-time internship and are given directly to the student. All undergraduate students regardless of academic program or citizenship status are encouraged to apply. Applications are due on November 8 for internships that will take place during the Spring 2021 semester. For more information visit https://universityymca.org/bailey/intern/.

Graduate, Law and Professional School (GLP) Fair:

If you are considering graduate, law, or professional school, join the Career Center’s Graduate, Law and Professional School Fair on October 15th. This is your opportunity to speak with admission representatives from a variety of programs including business, science, engineering, law, social sciences, health professions and many more. Get your questions answered and learn about the admissions process. And this year The Career Center is partnering with the Pre-Law Advising Services Office to offer the Law Fair during the GLP Fair. Register now to view programs attending and their scheduled chat times. You can find a tutorial on the CareerEco virtual fair platform here.

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