Department of English

O'Dowd Hall, Room 544
586 Pioneer Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4482
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(248) 370-2250
fax: (248) 370-4429

Department Contests

The Department of English annually sponsors three contests: Flash Fiction, for undergraduates and alumni/graduate students; the Ekphrasis Poetry Contest; and the ScreenWriting Contest. For more information, click on the tabs below.
Flash Fiction
Contest

OU Flash Fiction Contest

The Flash Fiction Contest celebrates very short fiction: flash fiction, micro fiction, short-shorts. Stories must be 250-1000 words in length. There are two separate contests, the Undergraduate Contest, open to all OU students who have been enrolled within a year of the contest’s date. The Open Contest is open to everyone who is not an undergrad, including alumni, faculty, graduate students, and staff members.

REQUIREMENTS:

Entrants may submit as many as three stories. All entries must be typed and double-spaced. The author's name may not appear anywhere on the entries; a separate cover page should contain name, email address, phone number, and the titles of all the stories; a single page may be used to list the titles of multiple entries. Please identify yourself as a student, graduate student, faculty, staff member, or alum, and indicate which contest you’re submitting to.

Deadline: March 1, 2017

Entries submission options:

1). Email to OUFlashFiction@gmail.com  (please include "Flash Fiction Contest – Grad/Alum" or "Flash Fiction Contest - Undergrad" in the subject).

2). Place entry in Jeff Chapman's mailbox in the English Dept. mail room on the fifth floor of O’Dowd Hall

3). Mail to Flash Fiction Contest c/o Jeff Chapman, English Dept., 544 O’Dowd Hall, Oakland University, Rochester, MI 48309.

The grand prize award for the Undergraduate Contest is $200, 2nd place is $100, and 3rd place is $50. Three additional prizes of $50 each will be awarded to faculty, staff members, graduate students, and alumni winners of the Open Contest.

Note: only the authors of winning entries will be contacted. Winners are announced via The English Channel email list as well as on Facebook and the English Department website. If you want to add your name to The English Channel email list, please contact Rita Perris, perris@oakland.edu.

Winning stories will be published on the English Department Website and a reading of the winning stories will take place Thursday, March 23, 2017, from 5-6:30 pm, in the OC, Oakland Room. 

Past Winners:

Ekphrasis Poetry
Contest
OU Ekphrasis Poetry Contest

 

The Ekphrasis Poetry Contest challenges writers to create an evocative poetic description of an art object. The object may be original or a reproduction and may include painting, sculpture, carving, photography, or folk art. The contest is open to all OU students, faculty, alumni, and staff members.

REQUIREMENTS:

You may submit up to three ekphrastic poems. Please include an image of the artwork you are responding to, or at very least identify the piece that is the basis for each poem.

All poems must be typed. The total length of all three poems, together, should not exceed 100 lines. Name must not be anywhere on the poems, or they won’t be considered. Entry must be accompanied by separate page containing writer’s name, email address and phone number, plus title of the story; a single page may be used to list the titles of multiple entries. Please identify yourself as a student, graduate student, faculty, staff member, or alum.

Deadline: March 15, 2017

The formal reading takes place during the Annual Poetry Slam, held on or around Tax Day (see English Department main page). Entries can be emailed to OUEkphrasis@gmail.com, placed in Katie Harsock's mailbox in the English Dept. mailroom on the fifth floor of O’Dowd Hall, or mailed to: Ekphrasis Poetry Contest, c/o Katie Hartsock, English Dept., 544 O’Dowd Hall, Oakland University, Rochester, MI 48309.

The grand prize award for student entries is $200, 2nd place is $100, and 3rd place is $50. Three additional prizes of $50 each will be awarded to faculty, staff members, graduate students, or alumni.

Note: only the authors of winning entries will be contacted; winners announced via The English Channel email list as well as on Facebook and the English Department website. If you want to add your name to The English Channel email list, please contact Rita Perris, perris@oakland.edu. Winning poems will also be published on the English Department Website, and the poets will be invited to read at the Poetry Bash reading.

Winners of the 2017 Ekphrasis Poetry Contest: 

Undergraduate Contest

1st place: Athena Lebessis, “Winged Coffin” and “Stars and Stripes”

2nd place: Delaney Kamm, “After ‘Thalassa’”

3rd place: Samantha Miller, “this night, eternal”

Honorable Mentions: 

Ronald Sharp, “ Who’s in-Sight?”

Emily Shriner, “The Kiss”

Graduate/Alumni/Faculty&Staff Contest

1st place: Jennifer DeBellis, “unfinished business (after Degas)”

2nd place: Joan Miller, “Giaconda Smiles”

3rd place: Don Beagle, “The Imprisoned Past”

Honorable Mention:

Lenore Lambert, “To Saar’s Nocturne Navigator”

Past Winners:
OU Screenplay
Contest

2016 OU Screenplay Contest Winners

Short Form

1st Place: Zak Hallett   “Beneath the Skin”
2nd Place: Robert Hoxie   “Alex”
Honorable Mention: Athena Lebessis "The Undertaker"


Feature Film

1st Place: Inge Lisa Herold "Lola"
2nd Place: Madeline Kachadurian "Exit Pursued by a Bear"
Honorable Mention: Athena Lebessis "Forage"
                             Robert Hoxie "Tinsel Around the Neck"

OU Screenplay Contest Details


Award Title and Description:
The Oakland University Cinema Studies and 
Creative Writing Programs invite submissions for the Oakland University Screenplay Contest.

Entries may focus on any film genre or category. Winning entries will be judged on originality, artistic innovation, and narrative cohesion.

FORMAL REQUIREMENTS:

Student must be enrolled in the Creative Writing or Cinema Studies major or minor, or have been one within a year of entering the contest.

Screenplays may be full or partial. Clear, consistent screenplay formatting. Submit assignment sheet, if pertinent.

Submit cover sheet identifying your name, OU major and/or minor, and the course for which the screenplay was originally written, and title of screenplay. Please keep your name off the screenplay itself. Also include a brief summary of the screenplay and indicate whether it is original or adapted from a pre-existing source. If entry represents a partial screenplay, please describe how the submitted scene(s) fit the complete narrative.

Deadline: April 1, 2016 Extended to April 11, 2016

Winners announced April 21st. Submit entries to 
shaerf@oakland.edu or 544 O'Dowd Hall.

Note: only the authors of winning entries will be contacted; winners will be announced via The English Channel email list, as well as on Facebook and the English Department website. If you want to add your name to The English Channel email list, please contact Rita Perris, perris@oakland.edu. Winning scripts will also be published on the English Department Website.
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