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WIU Creative Writer's Society Sponsors Contest

March 25, 2005

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MACOMB, IL - - The Creative Writer’s Society (CWS) Club at Western Illinois University is seeking poems and narrative works for its biannual literary journal, “The Flavor of Ink.”

“The Creative Writer’s Society believes it is in the best interest of the University and the community at large to create an award that will recognize literary achievement and the campus theme, civic engagement,” said Adbul-Rasheed Na’Allah, chair of Western’s African American Studies department and a CWS adviser and journal editor.

Students, faculty and community members are invited to submit a 2- to 4-page poem or a 4- to 8-page narrative of fictional or critical work that deals with such issues as community participation, cooperation, promotion of multiculturalism, advocating on behalf of others, as well as addressing historical, political, cultural and social issues that bring about greater public awareness.

A $100 cash prize will be awarded for the winning poem and the winning narrative. Entries will be reviewed by a panel of jurors, led by Western Illinois English Professor David Stevenson. The winning entries will be published in a special issue of “The Flavor of Ink.”

Entries are due by 4 p.m. Friday, April 15 to the African American Studies department, Morgan Hall 232. Entries must be double-spaced and presented under a pseudonym. Enclose a separate bibliographic card with the title, the pseudonym, the authorÂ’s name, e-mail, telephone and local address. Entries will not be returned.

For more information, contact NaÂ’Allah at 309/298-1181, or e-mail

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