The Stark-Tinkham Writing Contest

photos of Sigrid Stark and Charles Tinham

Sigrid Stark in 1952; Charles Tinkham in 1992

The Stark-Tinkham Writing Contest is a campus-wide contest open to all current PUC and PNC 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 43rd Annual Contest

The submission deadline for the 2016 Stark-Tinkham contest is March 11, and the contest will be held on Wednesday, April 6 at 7:00 PM in CIVS’s Immersive Theater, in the Powers Building.  Rules for the contest are available here:  Stark Tinkham 2016 Rules.  You can submit entries in hard-copy to CLO 217, or by following this link to submit electronically.  You can download the flyer for this year’s contest here:  Stark Tinkham flyer 2016.