In This Issue

  1. 2016 International Convention: Submissions are Open
  2. New Scholarship Application Dates
  3. Award Applications Due November 9
  4. English Store: Selling Merchandise to All Members
  5. Fall Regional Events
  6. Advertise Your English Programs
  7. EnglishMatters
  8. 2016 Common Reader Award Opportunities

Welcome New Chapters

Molloy College
Alpha Phi Theta Chapter
Rockville Centre, NY

Mount St. Mary's University
Alpha Phi Iota Chapter
Emmitsburg, MD

Welcome Back Reactivated Chapter

Pennsylvania State University University Park
Xi Zeta Chapter
University Park, PA

Recent Blogs

Banned Books Week: Celebrating with Literature

Chapter Project Grant: Bridging the Gap Between High School and College Writing

"Books and Beyond": A New Spin on Story Time

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2016 International Convention: Submissions are Open

Plan now to join 1,100 Sigma Tau Deltans at our 2016 International Convention, March 2-5 in Minneapolis, MN. Over $10,000 will be awarded for student works presented at the convention.

View the convention website for the call for papers and other convention information. Featured speakers for the 2016 Convention include Charles Baxter and Kao Kalia Yang.

Please note the following important dates:
Oct. 26: Convention submissions close
Nov. 17: List of accepted roundtables posted
Dec. 17: List of accepted papers posted
Jan. 4: Early registration opens

New Scholarship Application Dates

Summer Program and Study Abroad Scholarship (fall round) applications will be accepted September 7 - November 9, 2015.

All other scholarship applications will be accepted February 1 - March 21, 2016.

Interested in a scholarship but want to include your activities from this academic year in the application? Want time to research the best programs? Not yet quite sure what you will be doing in Fall 2016? In an effort to make scholarships work better for you, we are changing numerous deadlines from fall to spring. We also will offer a workshop at the 2016 Convention in Minneapolis on applying for scholarships. The submission process will be easier than ever with our new application platform. In short, there has never been a better time to consider applying for over $100,000 in scholarships and awards!

The Summer Program Scholarship provides up to $1,000 for the purposes of attending a special summer program, either in the U.S. or abroad, that furthers the applicant’s engagement with Sigma Tau Delta's mission. Qualifying summer programs must be at least three weeks in length and no longer than three months. Applicants should demonstrate academic scholarship and chapter service and must explain the relevance of their summer program to fostering their engagement in the discipline of English, including literature, language, writing, or literacy.

The Study Abroad Scholarship provides up to $3,000 for the purpose of studying for an academic term or year in a certified, undergraduate program outside the country in which the nominating chapter is located. Applicants should demonstrate academic scholarship and chapter service; they also must explain the relevance of their study abroad program and activities to fostering the discipline of English, including literature, language, writing, or literacy.

Award Applications Due November 9

Individual and Chapter Awards
Application Deadline: November 9

Individual Awards are offered for leadership. Chapter Awards include: outstanding chapters, Sponsors, and literary arts journals.

English Store: Selling Merchandise to All Members

Coming very soon, individual Sigma Tau Delta members, their families, friends, and alumni will be able to purchase Society merchandise directly through the new English Store. The Write Away Store remains available to Chapter Sponsors for chapter purchases. Further details will announce the grand opening!

Fall Regional Events

Participating in regional events is a great way to connect with other Sigma Tau Delta members, make new professional contacts, expand your knowledge, and gain valuable experience presenting papers. View upcoming events in the Midwestern, High Plains, Far Western, and Southern regions on the Regional Events page. Check back often for new developments.

Advertise Your English Programs

Sigma Tau Delta’s annual international convention offers a rare opportunity for academic institutions and professional organizations to promote undergraduate and graduate programs to 1,100 upper-level English honors students from across the U.S. and abroad. A limited number of 2016 Convention program ads are being offered for purchase. And, in addition to your ad in the printed program, your school or organization will be listed as a convention sponsor, with your logo and program and/or service description featured on the website, where thousands of viewers have access to your information. Ads will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis. Silver, Bronze, and Start-up Level ads still are available, but likely will sell-out before the December 1, 2015 deadline.

View: Convention Advertising Options and Submission Details


EnglishMatters, powered by VineUp, is being developed exclusively for the entire Sigma Tau Delta community as an online platform for sharing discussions, events, and activities at the Society and chapter levels. EnglishMatters also will serve as a key career development site focused on facilitating mentoring and networking opportunities among current and alumni members.

The site is in its final week of testing. Current members, alumni, and facuty, who are listed in the Write Away database with vaild email addresses, will receive an invitation to join within the next week.

2016 Common Reader Award Opportunities

The Common Reader selected for the 2015-2016 academic year is Charles Baxter's The Soul Thiefimg. The first step to participate in the Common Reader project is to read the book. It is available at most libraries and major bookstores, including our partner Better World Books. Next, begin exploring these opportunities: