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Sigma Tau Delta

Sigma Tau Delta’s central purpose is to confer distinction upon students of the English language and literature in undergraduate, graduate, and professional studies. Sigma Tau Delta also recognizes the accomplishments of professional writers who have contributed to the fields of language and literature.

Zeta Epsilon is one of over 600 chapters that recognize English students for their outstanding achievements and promote excellence in English language and literature. Our goal is to facilitate academic, professional, and personal growth for our members.

Members become members-for-life associated with their local chapter or as part of the Alumni Epsilon Chapter for continued networking and participation in international activities.


Sigma Tau Delta has a long and distinguished history beginning in 1924. Historian Dr. Elva Bell McLin writes about Judson Q. Owen, founder of Sigma Tau Delta. The initial site for this international organization was at Wesleyan University, South Dakota. The entire paper is available through our International Web site,, and it contains our rich history from beginnings to 1988.

  • Our International Website contains more information about Sigma Tau Delta. We are grouped into six regions, which have events outside of the International activities. Zeta Epsilon is part of the “Far Western” region, and more information is available in our regional newsletter.
  • Through the Officers and Membership you can learn about active and associate memberships, the people who have stepped up to lead our organization and how to contact them.


Membership is conferred upon Boise State University students with outstanding accomplishments in English writing or literature. Invitations are sent each spring for induction the following fall.


Sigma Tau Delta Annual Poetry Contest

Officer Positions

Every spring we hold elections for officer positions: President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer. Being an officer of Zeta Upsilon is an honor and a wonderful opportunity for members to serve our chapter, the university, the community, and Sigma Tau Delta. Officers help organize fundraisers, service projects, and social events. The work is always fun, sometimes challenging, and very rewarding

If you are interested in becoming an officer, please contact a current officer who would love to guide you along in the process. Also, check out this link for officer job descriptions and eligibility requirements:

Regional Officer

We are part of the Far Western Region of Sigma Tau Delta. At the International Convention, members can be nominated for Student Representative or Associate Student Representative. Those who are elected serve for one year. Student Represent-atives are required to attend Sigma Tau Delta board meetings in March and September, all expenses paid to the city where the following convention will be held. It is a great honor for a chapter to have a member hold a regional officer position. You don’t have to be a chapter officer to be nominated. Please go to this link for more information on these positions:

The Annual International Sigma Tau Delta Convention.

Members of Zeta Upsilon have attended annual conventions and have had exiting, rewarding experiences presenting their writing and meeting other Sigma Tau Delta members from across the country.
Each convention has a theme that asks members to consider how varying traditions, influences, or figures come together to produce something that is new, unique, or different. Students and active alumni are invited to submit original short fiction, poetry, and personal and analytical essays focusing on or relating to the convention theme, or any subject of interest to the English discipline. Students, faculty, and active alumni may also consider proposing panel presentations. Conventions typically host about 100 sessions.
Guest speakers from the genres of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and film present their work and conduct informal workshops and roundtable talks.
The convention also hosts dry t-shirt and bad poetry contests, and chapter development workshops. The convention ends with a dinner and an awards ceremony.
For more details about Conventions go to


A variety of scholarships are available to members. We encourage you to apply for these valuable scholarships. A number of our members have won them, and if they can, so can you! For more details go to

The Rectangle

Rectangle awards are given to Society members who have submitted original works to The Rectangle, the annual literary magazine of Sigma Tau Delta. Winners are announced at the annual convention and are awarded $300 or a plaque. The award categories are:

  • Eleanor B. North Poetry Award
  • Frederic Fadner Critical Essay Award
  • Herbert L. Hughes Short Story Award
  • Judson Q. Owen Best Writing of any Genre Award (plaque)
  • Elizabeth Holtze Best Personal or Informal Essay Award

The Sigma Tau Delta Review

This annual literary journal publishes critical essays on literature, essays on rhetoric and composition, and essays devoted to pedagogical issues.

For more details on the Sigma Tau Delta publications, go to


President: Scott Clark
Vice President: Erin Paxton
Treasurer: Ian Neely
Secretary: Joshua Hale

BSU Advisor: Dr. Tom Hillard

Webmaster: Kathleen Fitzgerald