In This Issue

  1. 2015 Convention Wrap-Up
  2. Convention Story Contest
  3. Scholarship and Award Winners
  4. Committee Opportunities for Sponsors
  5. Journal Submissions and Current Issues
  6. Chapter Annual Report
  7. Allow 3 Weeks for Graduation Merchandise Orders

Welcome New Chapters

College of Staten Island : CUNY
Alpha Phi Eta Chapter
Staten Island, NY

Franklin & Marshall College
Alpha Phi Zeta Chapter
Lancaster, PA

Idaho State University
Alpha Phi Epsilon Chapter
Pocatello, ID

Convention Survey Winners

From a total of 381 convention survey respondents two winners were drawn to receive gift cards. Results from the survey will be used in the planning of the Sigma Tau Delta 2016 International Convention.

Congratulations to:

Jennifer Stuck ($100)
Columbia College
Iota Beta Chapter
Columbia, SC

Tuere Marshall ($50)
Alumna of University of the District of Columbia
Alpha Epsilon Rho Chapter
Washington, DC

Recent Blogs

Humans of Sigma Tau Delta

The (Successful) Non-Traditional Chapter

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2015 Convention Wrap-Up

This year's convention, with nearly 1,000 registrants, was an overwhelming success! In addition to keynote sessions by speakers Gary Soto, Simon Ortiz, and Leslie Marmon Silko, there were 520 papers presented, 20 roundtables, and 7 special presentations. Over $10,000 was awarded in prizes for works presented at the convention.

2016 Convention and Common Reader
Mark your calendars for the 2016 International Convention, "Finding Home," March 2-5, at the Hyatt Regency, Minneapolis, MN. The selected 2016 Common Reader is The Soul Thief, by Charles Baxter.

Convention Story Contest

Submission Deadline: April 15
Share your 2015 Convention story! In order to create and preserve an accessible archive of cultural and historical data, and to develop awareness and appreciation of the rich cultural identity and intellectual traditions of Sigma Tau Delta, we are inviting all convention attendees to submit their convention stories. We are seeking short blogs (100-400 words), accompanied with photos, detailing your experience and what the convention meant to you.

View: Complete Guidelines

Need inspiration? Check out the stories written by the 2014 Convention Contest Winners:

1st Place:
"#SigmaTauDeltaConvention2014" by Ellen Watts
University of North Carolina, Wilmington, NC

2nd Place:
"Embrace It" by Sara Labor, Chadron State College, NE

3rd Place:
"Embracing Mistakes: Daniel Mendelsohn and Storytelling" by Amy Pollard
Saint Martin's University, WA

Scholarship and Award Winners

Scholarships and awards totaling over $60,000 were announced at the convention. Visit Scholarship and Award Winners for a list of this year's recipients.

Committee Opportunities for Sponsors

Sponsors who would like to be involved at the Society level can contribute in a variety of ways through committee work. The Society's various committees propose policy changes, judge scholarships and awards, conduct annual reviews of our website and publications, and help develop programming. We particularly invite you to serve on the committees listed below.

Membership Development
Scholarships/Academic Awards
Service and Partnerships

View: Committee Descriptions

If you are interested in serving on one of these committees, please complete and submit the Committee Invitation Form by May 15.

Journal Submissions and Current Issues

Online Journal Submissions Due May 11
All currently-enrolled undergraduate and graduate members of active Sigma Tau Delta chapters are invited to submit their work to The Sigma Tau Delta Review and The Sigma Tau Delta Rectangle. Chapter Sponsors, faculty members, alumni (including members of the Alumni Epsilon Chapter), and honorary members, are not eligible to submit. Works selected for publication are also eligible for overall awards and monetary prizes.

The Sigma Tau Delta Review is our annual journal of critical writing, publishing critical essays on literature, essays on rhetoric and composition, and essays devoted to pedagogical matters.

The Sigma Tau Delta Rectangle is our annual journal of creative writing, poetry, prose, fiction, and creative non-fiction.

View: Guidelines

The latest issues of The Sigma Tau Delta Review and The Sigma Tau Delta Rectangle will be mailed to Lead Chapter Sponsors in April. Current and past issues are also available online.

Chapter Annual Report

A link to the 2014-2015 Chapter Annual Report/Survey will be emailed to Lead Chapter Sponsors in mid-April. The deadline to reply is June 30, but the earlier you respond, the more chances you have to win $50 for your chapter. Participant drawings for $50 each will be held on May 10, May 31, June 14, and July 1.

As with last year's survey, the 2015 survey is multiple-choice, quick and easy, and a great source of ideas. (Outstanding Chapter Award applicants are required to submit a copy of their Chapter Annual Report as a synopsis of the previous year's activities.) Survey results will be posted on the Society's website this fall.

2013-2014 Results

Allow 3 Weeks for Graduation Merchandise Orders

All chapter merchandise, except for logo apparel, is available for purchase online through the Write Away Chapter Store. Payment can be made by credit card or check. The store order process is very similar to the member enrollment process. Be sure to allow up to three weeks for graduation orders. Before placing your order, check your Chapter Info in Write Away to be sure your shipping address is correctly listed as a UPS approved address. UPS will not deliver to P.O. boxes.