Dear Prospective Rowan Students:
Do you like the idea of winning a $20,000 scholarship for your writing? Interested in distinguishing yourself as one of the best writers in Rowan’s class of 2019? If so, enter the inaugural Rowan University Literary Writing Scholarship contest.
The Rowan University Literary Writing Scholarship contest will award scholarships of $20,000 for first place, $10,000 for second place, and $5,000 for third place to high school seniors who apply to and attend Rowan as Writing Arts majors beginning in Fall 2015.
Entries for the Rowan University Literary Writing Scholarship are due by March 6, 2015. Winners will be announced in early April.
In addition to applying to Rowan, to enter the Literary Writing Contest, you must complete and submit:
• A short application form, available here.
• A portfolio of 10-15 double-spaced pages (12-point, Times New Roman font) of creative (not academic) writing in fiction, poetry, essay, creative nonfiction, or a mix of genres. You may submit either a single long work or a group of shorter works that best demonstrate their creative vision and skill with written language.
• An approximately 300-500 word artistic statement indicating how the Rowan Literary Writing Scholarship will help you to achieve your goals and/or artistic vision.
This portfolio must be submitted as a Word doc attachment and sent to WritingArtsAward@rowan.edu.
Winners will demonstrate a mature and convincing combination of originality and artistic discipline. The awards will be made based on the quality of the submitted literary portfolio and the applicant’s artistic statement. Contestant’s potential for success in the Writing Arts major, based on a review of application materials, will also be considered.
The winners of these awards—judged by Writing Arts faculty—may apply scholarship money within a given year or across years. Winners will be expected to participate in Rowan’s thriving community of creative writers, which includes the undergraduate literary magazine Avant, the Master of Arts literary magazine Glassworks, and the biannual Denise Gess Literary Awards.
All entrants are also encouraged to consider applying as freshmen to Rowan’s accelerated BA/MA program whereby accomplished students earn both a Bachelor of Arts in Writing Arts and a Master of Arts in Writing in just five years while paying undergraduate tuition for graduate courses as a senior, saving a full of graduate tuition and reducing the years spent to degree completion.
The university reserves the right to not award a prize in any of the 1st, 2nd, or 3rd place categories.
Still wondering if the Writing Arts major at Rowan University is right for you?
Some important things to know about us:
• We provide a rigorous major that develops your writing and thinking skills for a variety of situations, audiences and purposes.
• Majors can choose from three specializations: Creative Writing, Professional and Technical Writing, and New Media Editing and Publishing that prepare them for their future careers.
• Classes are small—no more than 20 students—and thus provide many opportunities for students to share work with fellow students and to receive feedback from faculty.
• We are one of a few academic departments in the country devoted entirely to writing.
As a Writing Arts major you will:
• Develop your own writing style and cultivate an individual voice as a writer and communicator
• Become a proficient editor and an expert in evaluating and improving written documents in a variety of fields
• Understand the impact various technologies have on what and how writers write, and learn how to apply these to your own writing
• Explore issues and develop writing techniques applicable in many fields such as law, business, education, technology and medicine
• Be able to serve an internship that will give you ‘real world’ experience before graduation
• Have the chance to work for student publications including The Whit, the campus weekly newspaper, and Avant, the undergraduate magazine for poetry and fiction, and Glassworks, the M.A. program’s literary journal.
Most important of all: Rowan’s Writing Arts graduates are versatile writers and editors well qualified to compete in today’s and tomorrow’s workplace.
Dear friends of the College of Communication and Creative Arts:
The weather is turning cooler in NJ, and we’ve launched into a new academic year full of promise. While we get to work meeting new challenges, I would like to share with you the accomplishments and events of the 2013-2014 year with the CCCA Annual Report. We had another very busy year, with impressive events, curricular changes, student and faculty achievements, and much more.
I hope that you will enjoy reading about our 2013-2014 year, and feel our sense of anticipation and energy about what the new academic year will bring. As always, we will periodically update you via the College newsletter, and will maintain regular updates on the Dean’s blog and College Facebook page. If you have information to share with us or feedback regarding the report, please do not hesitate to contact me at email@example.com.
I hope you had a lovely summer and will enjoy a wonderful autumn season.
Lorin Basden Arnold, Ph.D.