Norton Writer’s Prize Competition for Students

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

The Norton Writer’s Prize will be awarded annually for an outstanding essay written by an undergraduate. Literacy narratives, literary and other textual analyses, reports, profiles, evaluations, arguments, memoirs, proposals, mixed-genre pieces, and more: any excellent writing done for an undergraduate writing class will be considered.

The winner will receive a cash award of $1,500. Two runners-up will each receive a cash award of $1,000.

The deadline for submissions is June 15, 2017.

Competition for the Norton Writer’s Prize is open to undergraduates enrolled during the 2016-2017 academic year in an accredited 2- or 4-year college or university. Employees of Norton and their children are not eligible, nor are children of Norton authors. Please refer to the official contest rules at the bottom of this page for further eligibility requirements.

Each entry must be accompanied by a cover letter on departmental stationery from a nominating instructor.  Electronic submissions must include an attached scanned cover letter of departmental stationary. Each instructor may nominate only one student essay. The nominating instructor must provide a one-paragraph summary of the essay’s merits and should type out his or her name, address, phone number, email address, and title.  Please refer to the official contest rules at the bottom of this page for more details.

Submissions may be made electronically or by mail.  Each student may submit only one essay.

Printed & Mailed Student Essays: must be printed out single-sided and double-spaced with all pages numbered. Entries should be between 1,000 and 3,000 words in length. The student’s name should appear on a separate piece of paper and should not appear on any headers or footers. Students must provide a cover sheet with their name, permanent address (where they can be reached during summer months), permanent phone number and email address, projected year of graduation, and title of the paper. Please refer to the official contest rules at the bottom of this page for more details.

Entries must be postmarked no later than June 15, 2017, and sent to:

The Norton Writer’s Prize
Attn: Marilyn Moller
W. Norton & Company, Inc.
500 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10110

Multimedia, Electronic Submissions: must be between 1,000 and 3,000 words in length.  Students must provide their name, with permanent address (where they can be reached during summer months), phone number and email address, projected year of graduation, and title of the paper in a separate email accompanying the document.  Please refer to the official contest rules at the bottom of this page for more details.

Electronic entries must be sent no later than June 15, 2017, with the subject line: Writer’s Prize Nomination and emailed to: NortonWritersPrize@wwnorton.com

Winners will be notified by March 1, 2018.

Norton reserves the right to publish submitted essays, but all students will own the copyright to their work.

I write to imagine things differently—
and in imagining things differently
perhaps the world will change.
—Terry Tempest Williams

There is more info available at: http://books.wwnorton.com/books/norton-writers-prize/

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Plagiarism Workshops – April 24-28

The library is offering multiple sessions of a workshop on how to avoid committing plagiarism.  The workshop will be offered at 4 different days/times and will be held in room T104 (not in the library) on:

Monday April 24
1 – 2 pm

Tuesday April 25
12:30 – 1:30 pm

Wednesday April 26
5 – 6 pm

Thursday April 28
2 – 3 pm

The workshop will cover summarizing, paraphrasing, and MLA citation, though students are welcome to bring any questions they have about other citation styles.

Writing Club presents author Stephen Schottenfeld

Noted author Stephen Schottenfeld will present a reading on Wednesday, May 3, 2017 at 12:30 p.m. in the Roz Steiner Art Gallery at the Batavia Campus of Genesee Community College. Bluff City Pawn is Schottenfeld’s most recent work, published in 2014 by Bloomsbury USA. The story follows a Memphis, Tennessee pawnshop owner as he enlists his brother’s help in a scheme to acquire a valuable gun collection. Through the lives of three brothers, the book explores themes of class, family, race, ownership and loyalty during tough economic times where desperation and the drive to ahead dominant.

He also completed a story collection, Miss Ellen Jameson Is Not Deceased, and he is currently at work on his next novel. His stories have been published in various publications, including The Gettysburg Review, Virginia Quarterly Review and New England Review. His work has garnered a grant from the Michener/Copernicus Society of America, a Halls Fiction Fellowship from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a Shane Stevens Fellowship in the Novel from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, and special mentions in both the Pushcart Prize and Best American Short Stories anthologies.

Schottenfeld holds a master’s degree from Johns Hopkins University and earned an M.F.A. at the University of Iowa, where he is also a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. He currently is the James P. Wilmot assistant professor of English at the University of Rochester.

JoNelle Toriseva, Creative Writing Club co-advisor and director of English, Communications & Media Arts, invited Schottenfeld to campus to share his work and creative process with students and the local community.

For further information, Schottenfeld’s “Artie Gottlieb, Consulting Philosopher,” is available online at the Virginia Quarterly: http://www.vqronline.org/fiction/artie-gottlieb-consulting-philosopher

Additionally, Schottenfeld reads an excerpt from Bluff City Pawn at the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference available at: http://www.nereview.com/2015/06/03/stephen-schottenfeld-reads-at-bread-loaf-approved/ and a 2015 interview on Fiction Writers Review is available here: http://fictionwritersreview.com/interview/an-interview-with-stephen-schottenfeld/

Visiting Poet – April 17 at 12:30

Poet Jennifer Grotz will present a poetry reading on Monday, April 17 at 12:30 in T102.

Ms. Grotz is the author of three books of poetry, most recently Window Left Open. Also a translator from the French and Polish, her most recent translation is Rochester Knockings, a novel by Tunisian-born writer Hubert Haddad. Her poems, reviews, and translations have appeared in The New Yorker, Poetry, The Nation, The New Republic, New York Review of Books, Ploughshares, New England Review, and in four volumes of the Best American Poetry anthology. Director of the Bread Loaf Translators’ Conference and assistant director of the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, she teaches at the University of Rochester.

Faculty, staff and students are invited to come and experience the beauty and joy of poetry as can be heard in the closing lines of Ms. Grotz’s poem “They Come the Way Flowers Do”

“When it spreads its wings its back reveals
ecstatic blue, and when a dozen that waited like pebbles
for your approach alight, it is the opposite of snowfall,
butterflies hardly conjures how the world is snowing sky.”

This event is sponsored by the Creative Writing Club.