2011 Creative Writing Contest Announcement

The Department of Professional and Liberal Studies faculty want to recognize the writing talents of our students. At the annual ETSCPS Roosevelt University Student Awards Ceremony held on April 28th, 2011, an award will be presented for the best short story, essay, poem, or other example of creative writing submitted by a BLS/BPS student.

The rules are simple:

  • You must be a current BLS/BPS student to enter.
  • Your submission should be between 3-10 pages.
  • The deadline for all entries is 9am CST, April 1st, 2011.

Submit an electronic copy (preferred) to Amanda Putnam at aputnam@roosevelt.edu or submit a clean, paper copy to Tammy Bunville in Gage 200/205.

Interested in reading last year’s winning essay? Read “Porches” by Jane Whitford.


Wolfe Publishes New Books

Professor Gary Wolfe keeps himself busy. Besides publishing the collection, Bearings, last spring, and being nominated for a Nonfiction Award for his recent podcasting, Wolfe has recently published two new books.

Evaporating Genres:  Essays on Fantastic Literature, published by Wesleyan, discusses the differences and similarities between science fiction, fantasy, and horror, and how the boundaries between these genres merge and eventually “evaporate” as they create new forms. Peter Straub, author of A Dark Matter, says this: “Profoundly knowledgeable about science fiction and fantasy fiction, the award-winning critic Gary K. Wolfe possesses both the wisdom and generosity of spirit necessary to consider these genres within the context of the wider literary culture; by doing so he miraculously illuminates them from within.”

Up the Bright River, published by Subterranean Press and edited by Wolfe, is the first posthumous collection of Philip José Farmer’s short stories. Farmer’s last three “Riverworld” stories appear for the first time. Publishers Weekly states the collection “will appeal to both new readers and established fans, especially as many of the inclusions have not been widely reprinted.”

Wolfe’s Podcasting Nominated for Award

Professor Gary Wolfe started his podcasting, more as a lark than a scholarly endeavor. In fact, it was a good way to keep strong ties with his good friend, Jonathan Strahan. But once again, Wolfe’s expertise in the literary field of Science Fiction has struck gold. Wolfe and Stahan’s podcasting has been nominated for a Nonfiction Award by the British Science Fiction Association (BSFA), announced Locus Online.

The awards are voted on by members of BSFA and the British Annual Science Fiction Convention (Eastercon). Winners will be announced during Illustrious (Eastercon 2011), to be held April 22-25, 2011 in Birmingham UK.