Sigma Tau Delta Annual Poetry Contest
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: http://www.niu.edu/sigmatd/chapters/officers.shtml.
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: http://www.niu.edu/sigmatd/regions/index.shtml.
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 http://www.niu.edu/sigmatd/conventions/index.shtml.
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 http://www.niu.edu/sigmatd/awards/index.shtml.
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 http://www.niu.edu/sigmatd/publications/index.shtml
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