The 2011 Sigma Tau Delta International Convention will take place March 23-26 at the Hilton Pittsburgh near Point State Park and Market Square. The convention theme, Beyond Words, emphasizes the power of the written word to not only inspire but also to nurture, instruct, serve, and give voice to the voiceless by writing for nonprofit organizations and causes. Activities at the convention will include a “Words Into Action” workshop, Open Mic and Bad Poetry nights, and the annual Red and Black Gala Dinner and Awards Celebration.
Online submission links to the 2011 Sigma Tau Delta Call for Papers will be available beginning October 15 and will close at 11:59 p.m. on November 15. Papers and panel proposals must be submitted online. Due to the increase in the number of submissions relative to the presentation time slots available, the following changes have been implemented to the acceptance process for 2011:
~ Conditional acceptance will no longer be offered.
~ Only one paper per author will be accepted for presentation, even if multiple submissions in various categories score well.
~ Abstracts have been omitted. Submissions must now include three keywords that embody the submission.
The deadline for most award applications, including Outstanding Chapter Award and Outstanding Literary Arts Journal Award, is October 30. Scholarship applications are due on November 22. To review the calendar of upcoming deadlines, visit http://www.english.org/sigmatd/news/calendar.shtml#due.
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“The world always looks straight ahead; as for me, I turn my gaze inward. I fix it there and keep it busy. Everyone looks in front of him; as for me, I look inside of me; I have no business but with myself; I continually observe myself, I take stock of myself, I taste myself. Others always go elsewhere, if they stop to think about it; they always go forward. […] As for me, I roll about in myself.” ~ Michel de Montaigne, The Complete Works, translated by Donald M. Frame
Michel Eyquem de Montaigne, one of the most prominent writers of the French Renaissance, was best known for inventing the essay form and popularizing it as a literary genre. His volume Essais (which, translated, means “Attempts”), published in 1580, is a compilation of some of the most influential essays ever written.
Painting by Thomas de Leu
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