The Stark-Tinkham Writing Contest
Sigrid Stark in 1952; Charles Tinkham in 1992
The Stark-Tinkham Writing Contest is a campus-wide contest open to all current PUC students. The contest was established in 1973 by Sigrid Stark, the first head of the English department at PUC; it was later renamed the Sigrid Stark Writing Contest in her honor. In 2004, the name of legendary poet and PUC professor Charles Tinkham was added to the title of the contest to honor his many years of service to PUC, especially to the writing contest, which he organized for many years.
Since its establishment, the Stark-Tinkham Writing Contest has distributed thousands of dollars in prizes to our talented student writers, and has invited a host of nationally recognized authors to speak at the awards ceremony. The contest is one of the campus’s longest-running and most cherished institutions.
The Stark-Tinkham 40th Anniversary Celebration
The Stark-Tinkham Writing Contest will celebrate its 40th year with a special dinner event in Alumni Hall on September 20, 2013. Past winners from all 40 years of the contest, as well as former faculty, staff and administrators have been invited to come together and honor the legacy of Sigrid Stark, Charles Tinkham, and their many contributions to Purdue Calumet. The program commences at 5:30.
The guest speaker for the event is Stuart Dybek. Mr. Dybek is the author of three books of fiction, Childhood and Other Neighborhoods, The Coast of Chicago, and I Sailed with Magellan. He has also published two volumes of poetry, Brass Knuckles and Streets In Their Own Ink. His work is widely anthologized and regularly appears in publications such as The New Yorker, Harpers, The Atlantic, and The Paris Review. He is the recipient of many literary awards and honors; these include the PEN/Bernard Malamud Prize for “distinguished achievement in the short story,” a Lannan Award, the Academy Institute Award in Fiction from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Whiting Writer’s Award, two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, and four O. Henry Prizes. His work has appeared in Best American Poetry and in Best American Fiction. In 2007, he was awarded both a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation “genius” grant and the Rea Award for the Short Story. He currently teaches at Northwestern University where he is Distinguished Writer in Residence. Two new collections of fiction are under contract and scheduled to be published by FSG in April, 2014.
The event is open to the public and all faculty, staff and students. Past contest winners are especially invited to attend. Registration for the event is $15. A 40th anniversary commemorative anthology of past winners is available for purchase; the price is $17.99. Event registration is $10 with the purchase of an Anthology. All proceeds support the Stark-Tinkham Writing Contest. Donations to the Stark-Tinkham fund are gratefully accepted.
Download fillable registration form for event and anthology purchase here: Stark Tinkham Registration Book Order-Form (PDF)