Telling Women’s Stories

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All Southwest Minnesota State University students, male or female, are encouraged to tell women’s stories in an annual contest held by the women’s studies committee.
Authors’ entries may include any combination of fictional, nonfictional or poetic works.
Of authors’ submissions, Professor Susan McLean said, “The main requirement is that the focus has to be on women, or female characters or girls in the various stories that they are telling.”
Each author may submit one entry up to 10 pages and double-spaced in a 12-point type.
Entries must have a cover page that includes the author’s name, street address, e-mail address, phone number and a list of the first lines or titles of the pieces in the entry. The only place an author’s name should be located is on the cover page in order to give the pieces a blind judging.
“We’re going to meet as a committee in the week right after the deadline by which time the other committee members will have read all the entries but with the names removed,” McLean said, “and we will rank the entries primarily on quality but also whether they’re actually focusing on women’s stories.”
Gift certificates will be given to the winners of the contest. $75 goes to first place, $50 for second and $25 for third.
McLean said, of the annual contest, “it is getting more participants every year. I think the first year we did it we only had about five entries but we were up to eleven last year, and I’m expecting even more entries than that this year.”
Winners will also give a reading of their entry. This will be held in March for Women’s History Month.
“We normally have a reading in conjunction with an art show. The art show will be images of women, and student artists on campus will be able to enter various paintings, drawings, sculptures of women in that contest,” said Mclean.
She also said, “We’ll pick a date where we can have the art show and have the three winners read at the same time.”
Submissions will go to Professor McLean in BA 216 and will be placed in an envelope so even McLean does not see the cover pages. If you have any questions about the contest, McLean may be reached by phone at 537-7231 or e-mail at [email protected] Entries are due by Nov. 30 at 4 p.m.

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