Good writers, readers and thinkers get good jobs. The number one complaint employers list when asked to assess new hires: poor communication and writing skills.
Embrace what you have to offer as an English Major or a Minor in English, Creative Writing or Writing & Publishing and consider an internship for course credit! The Department launched its Internship Program in 2017 and has developed good relationships with a range of organizations that are a short commute from CCSU.
We offer in-person internships and online internships, with more emphasis on in-person, on-the-ground internships because they tend to provide a fuller experience and better networking opportunities. Most internships require 10 hours a week for the full term.
For more information, contact Professor Mary Collins at email@example.com or swing by her office in Willard Hall, Room 401-05 right by the entrance of the English Department.
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The English Department hosts a career-related event every term specifically tailored for students in the Humanities. How do you translate soft skills you might have learned in classes or CCSU Student Clubs onto a resume? What sort of search terms should you use to look for jobs that involve critical thinking and writing skills? Come network with alumni and professionals from across Connecticut who majored in English and/or writing and now have full careers in all sorts of fields including corporate communications, teaching, public administration, health writing, social media, event planning for cultural institutions, museums, magazines, book publishing, college admissions, and more.
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Quarter After Eight’s annual Robert J. DeMott Short Prose Contest, with a prize of $1008.15 plus publication, is currently open for submissions, and they invited our graduate students to submit. Submissions consist of up to 3 pieces of 500 or less words, with a submission fee of $15. Writers may submit via this link: https://bit.ly/kvq_flash. The winner, runners up, and finalists will be invited to read at QAE's offsite AWP reading at the Jewel Box Theater's Grotto performance space on March 9. Kirstin Valdez Quade, this year's judge, is the author of The Five Wounds, which won the Center for Fiction’s First Novel Prize and the Rosenthal Family Foundation Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and was a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Award and the Lambda Literary Award. Her story collection, Night at the Fiestas, won the John Leonard Prize from the National Book Critics Circle, the Sue Kaufman.
Deep Wild Journal is open for submissions of poems, essays, and stories for their 2023 issue, to be published next June. No fees to submit. Previously published work is welcome.
Also, they will begin accepting work for their annual Student Writing Contest on November 1. For this year’s contest, they will be seeking poetry by graduate students. Guidelines will be available in early October. The mission of Deep Wild journal is to publish the best work they can find in celebration of, and in defense of, places where there are no roads. Check out their website, archive, and blog, or purchase a back issue of the journal, to get a feel for who they are and what they favor. See deepwildjournal.com.
Deadline: Nov. 30th
Glassworks, the literary magazine of Rowan University’s Master of Arts in Writing graduate program, invites our students and colleagues to submit work to be considered for publication. Glassworks publishes nonfiction, fiction, poetry, hybrid pieces, and artwork both digitally and in print. We are currently reading for our 2023 print issues. We also publish flash fiction, prose poetry, and micro essays monthly in our online edition Flash Glass. More information about our magazine, sample issues, and a link to submit via Submittable can be found at www.rowanglassworks.org.
Deadline for all submissions: December 15th
The Poetry Society of America has several contests open for submissions. Members do not have to pay the entry fees. See their website and sign up for a membership here. Submit and see the contest individual guidelines here.
Deadline for all submissions: Dec. 31st
The 2022 WaterSedge Poetry Chapbook Contest: At Writer’s Relief, we know how challenging it is for poets to get their poetry manuscripts published. So we’re very happy to sponsor this contest and support the work of a talented poet. Contest Judge: Luisa A. Igloria, Poet Laureate of the Commonwealth of Virginia and author of 14 poetry books; co-winner of the 2019 Crab Orchard Open Poetry Prize; inaugural recipient of the 2015 Resurgence Poetry Prize (UK); awarded a Poet Laureate Fellowship from the Academy of American Poets; and a member of the board of The Muse Writers Center in Norfolk. The winner will receive: $500 cash prize; publication of the poetry chapbook in both print and e-book formats; Amazon distribution for Kindle and print; and 25 free print copies. COMPLETED POETRY CHAPBOOK MANUSCRIPTS ONLY. More information here.
Deadline: Friday, December 16
Epiphany’s5th Annual Breakout! Prize:Submissions are open in the categories of poetry and prose. This year's guest judges will be Safiya Sinclair and Meredith Westgate. Each winner will receive a $1000 cash prize, publication in the next issue of Epiphany, and a print subscription to the magazine. All contest entrants will also receive a free digital subscription with the code included in our initial response letter.
Deadline: Jan. 1st
The Spring/Summer 2023 Issue of Epiphany is open for submissionsin the categories of fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and art. We are offering everyone who sends us work a free digital subscription to Epiphany. If you submit work to us, the code for a free digital subscription will be included in our initial response letter.
Deadline: Jan. 1st, 2023
Bridge returns with long-running Poetry and Fiction categories in a new round of open calls. Submissions are read by their respective Bridge section editors and, in the case of editors at-large, by the Editor-in-Chief. See more Bridge on their website.
Deadline: Jan. 15th, 2023
Honey Literary Inc., a BIPOC-focused 501(c)(3) literary arts organization and journal, is open for submissions for their 5th issue, which will be out on Valentine’s Day. Here is more info on submissions. They are especially looking for more submissions in the following categories: Essays, Hybrid, Animals, Interviews, Rants & Raves, and Valentines. Potential submitters can email them questions at firstname.lastname@example.org
Deadline: Dec. 15th
Jesmyn Ward Prize: The Michigan Quarterly Review has established this prize for fiction in honor of Helen Zell Writers’ Program alumna Jesmyn Ward and her significant contributions to the literary arts. One short story submitted for this prize will be awarded $2,000 and publication in MQR. All submissions for the prize will be considered for publication. The fee for submission is $25. This year’s judge is Desiree Cooper.
Deadline: Dec. 31st
Goldstein Prize Open for Submissions: The Goldstein Prize is awarded annually to a poem of exemplary quality submitted for consideration. One poem submitted for this prize will be awarded $1,000 and publication in MQR. All submissions will be considered for publication. The fee for submission is $20. This year’s judge is Ruth Behar.
Deadline: Dec. 31st
New Limestone Review, the literary journal of the University of Kentucky’s MFA in Creative Writing program, is open for submissions. New Limestone Review considers submissions of fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, and art in the fall and spring for publication in their online literary review. They also consider work that defies, bends, and hybridizes genre. See their detailed submission guidelines and access our Submittable page here. Feel free to reach out to them at email@example.com with any questions.
Deadline: Dec. 31st
The Poetry Society of America has a list of annual awards they present. See the list, guidelines for each award, and submit here.
Deadline for all: Dec. 31st.
The PSA's Chapbook Program publishes each winner's work as a chapbook, allowing new voices to reach new audiences and awarding each winner $1,000. It is open to any U.S. citizen or anyone currently living within the U.S. who has not published a full-length poetry collection. See the full guidelines and how to submit here.
Deadline: Dec. 31st
The Sillerman First Book Prize for African Poets is seeking submissions. The winner will receive USD $1000 and publication through the University of Nebraska Press. For full details, click here to visit the APBF Submittable page.
Deadline: Dec. 1st
Spectrum Literary Journal is an annual publication of art and literature based out of UC Santa Barbara’s College of Creative Studies. For the past 65 years, the magazine has celebrated a spectrum of voices, genres, and topics reflective of the wide range of human experiences, from both new and established writers. They are passionate about work that defies, bends, or manipulates genre, and we welcome submissions of prose, poetry, visual art, and hybrid literary forms. Volume 66 will be published in June 2023. Visit here for more information and to submit your work
Deadline: Dec. 31st
The Nervous Ghost Press Book Prize: All genres except work in translation are considered and the prize recipient will receive a $1000 dollar advance on royalties. For writers submitting poetry, individual poems may have been published in chapbooks, journals, anthologies, and should be credited appropriately. See the full guidelines and submit here.
Deadline: March, 31st
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Job Title: Editor
Publication: Journey Writers Anthology
- Copyediting to ensure that grammar, spelling, and punctuation etc. are correct.
- Proofreading to ensure that all elements of the document are included and in the proper order, and all spelling or punctuation errors have been corrected.
- Edit, review, and revise content for publication.
- Suggest revisions, such as changing words and rearranging sentences and paragraphs to improve clarity or accuracy.
- Work with writers to help their ideas and stories succeed.
- Carry out research, confirm sources, verify facts, dates, and statistics for non-fiction material.
- Proofread text for errors in grammar, punctuation, and spelling, check for readability, style and agreement with editorial policy.
- Review and mark up page proofs
- Work with the Journey Writers Anthology Committee to approve final versions
A Bachelor's degree in Journalism, English, or related field, and a minimum of two years experience in writing. Candidates must have the ability to work remotely with knowledge of Zoom, Word, Grammarly (or other editing program) and Google Docs. Candidates will have demonstrated ability to improve on other people's work, demonstrate attention to detail, and have the interpersonal skills needed to work with writers. Qualified candidates will need to present examples of their work.
Please submit questions, your resume and proposed cost to Beth Gibbs at firstname.lastname@example.org
Please do not contact the organizations without first checking in with Professor Mary Collins. The following are a list of sample partners that the English Department has used over the last few years with great success. Student interns have worked as writers, editors, event organizers and more. They might pen profiles for the Hartford Seminary on religious leaders from around the world or help run the Mark Twain Writing Conference. We have established relationships with internship coordinators at each of these organizations as well as others, which means they assume that we have vetted applicants before they apply. This dramatically improves our placement rate—students are often competing against students from other universities and colleges—but to safeguard those connections, please go through the application process with Professor Collins before applying.
You don't need to travel to New York City for an internship in book publishing. CCSU's English Department sends interns to several publishing houses in the state, including Globe Pequot, which was recently bought out by Rowman and Littlefield, one of the fastest growing independent publishers in North America with offices not just in Guilford, CT, but also London, Denver and outside of Washington, DC in Lanham, MD.
Nonprofits must often translate complex issues for lay readers, which means they need good writers, editors, and creative thinkers. Connecticut has a rich pool of potential partners in this category, including the Hartford Seminary, a nondenominational organization that works to find common ground among the world's religions. The English Department also often sends to students to work with the Veterans History Project to interview and collect stories from our state's veterans, a special program run under the auspices of the Library of Congress.
These three links are just some of the many amazing cultural institutions in the state looking for good writers and editors. Several CCSU students have gone on to work for the CT Historical Society, Mystic Seaport and other organizations.
Students can intern for online publications, magazines, nonprofit or government newsletters and more. In general, the assignments are not in PR or marketing but for publications such as brain.childmagazine, one of the leading literary parenting magazines on the web.