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The Big Sea by Langston Hughes

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Text and Community Autobiographical Haiku Contest


Two Prizes Available

Publication and $100 Bookstore Certificate for First Place for Best Undergraduate Haiku

$100 Bookstore Certificate for Best Graduate Poem

Professor Dennis Young will be the final judge. Autobiographical haiku’s should respond directly to The Big Sea and some dimension of your own life or your reading of Hughes’s life. The autobiographical haiku is modeled after the entries that appear in the Washington Post. You should write an original, personal haiku in response to some aspect of Langston Hughes’s life or writing that affected you.

Your haiku should be no more than 100 words in length. All entries should be typed, double-space on 8 x 11 paper. Put your name, current address, phone number, email address, and whether you are a graduate or undergraduate student in the upper right hand corner of your haiku. One haiku per student.

Submission deadline is TBA

Please bring your poem to the English Department Office, A 487 Robinson Hall.


Text and Community Essay Contest

Two Prizes Available:

Publication in the GMU Review and $100 Bookstore Certificate for the Best Undergraduate Essay (5-7 pages in length)

$100 Bookstore Certificate for the Best Graduate Essay (8-12 pages in length)

Currently enrolled undergraduate and graduate students are invited to submit essays about Langston Hughes’s The Big Sea. Students should feel free to discuss the whole book, individual poems, essays, short fiction, critical and theoretical approaches–as long as the focus of your essay is the autobiography of Langston Hughes. One essay per student. All entries should be typed, double-spaced on 8 x 11 paper. Put your name, current address, phone number, email address, and whether you are a graduate or undergraduate student in the upper right hand corner of your essay.

Submission deadline is TBA.

Please bring the essay to the English Department Office A 487 Robinson Hall.



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