PUC Stark-Tinkham Writing Contest gearing up for 38th year

Purdue University Calumet is gearing up for its 38th Annual Stark-Tinkham Writing Contest, an interdisciplinary event open to all Purdue Calumet students. Essays, stories, poems and plays on any topic are being accepted through April 1.

This contest is one of the campus’s longest-running traditions and is named after two, former, long-time Purdue Calumet professors, Sigrid Stark, the first head of Purdue Calumet’s English department, and Charles Tinkham, writing instructor and one of Indiana’s most published poets.

Since its establishment, the Stark-Tinkham Writing Contest has distributed thousands of dollars in prizes to student writers, and has attracted a host of nationally recognized authors to speak at the contest’s award ceremonies.

New categories have been added this year to accommodate new media such as video production and online media. Core entry categories include: Poetry, Short Story, Nonfiction Essay, Research Essay, Critical Essay and Journalism. Special categories include: John S. Tuckey Essay in American Literature, Interactive Media and the Web, Multimodal Essays and Research Reports, Best Original Translation, Writing for Children, Essay on Civil or Minority Rights, Undergraduate Essay in History, Humorous Poetry, Pi Sigma Alpha Undergraduate Essay in Political Science, The Bonny O. Van Orman Award, The Fernando Martinez Memorial Essay, John Shaver Memorial Award for a Novel in Progress, One-Act Play and The George Sefler Memorial Award for an Essay in Philosophy.

Participants and their families are encouraged to attend the awards ceremony April 28 at 7 p.m. in YJean Chambers Hall, located on the third floor of the Student Union & Library. First place winners in each category will have their work published in an anthology that will be available in the Purdue Calumet library.

Contest category descriptions, submission instructions and other information can be obtained at http://webs.purduecal.edu/stark/about/, or by contacting Associate Professor of English Colin Fewer at 219/989-2943 or fewer@purduecal.edu.