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NEW DEADLINE: Undergraduate Creative Writing Awards - $3,000 in Prizes

The Larry McMurtry Prize in Fiction $1,000 judged by Sabrina Orah Mark

The Max Apple Prize in Nonfiction $1,000 judged by Alex Marzano-Lesnevich

The Susan Wood Prize in Poetry $1,000 judged by Sabrina Orah Mark

Overview

Fondren Library’s annual Undergraduate Creative Writing Awards honor Rice undergraduates who show exceptional literary promise in the genres of Fiction, Nonfiction, and Poetry. The awards will be given every spring.

Contest Rules

1.) Currently enrolled undergraduates may submit in as many genres as they’d like within the following page limits: one short story up to twenty pages double-spaced 12pt Times New Roman font, one piece of creative nonfiction up to twenty pages double-spaced 12pt Times New Roman font, up to five poems not to exceed ten pages total.

2.) Submissions must be original literary works and students must be the sole author of their submissions.

3.) Each submission (in each genre) must include a cover page with your name, email, phone, and your submission’s genre. Please number all pages of your submission.

4.) You will submit your entry with a URL to a cloud service such as Google Drive, Box or Dropbox. If your document is set to Private, please share it with jeg3@rice.edu

5.) The deadline for submissions is 11:59 PM on Sunday, April 19, 2020.

6.) Winners will be announced by May 11, 2020.

 

 Questions? Please contact Joe Goetz ( jeg3@rice.edu)

Apply Today

Judges' Bios

The Larry McMurtry Prize in Fiction and the The Susan Wood Prize in Poetry judged by Sabrina Orah Mark

Sabrina Orah Mark grew up in Brooklyn, New York. She earned a BA from Barnard College, Columbia University, an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and a PhD in English from the University of Georgia. She is the author of the book-length poetry collections The Babies (2004), winner of the Saturnalia Book Prize chosen by Jane Miller, and Tsim Tsum (2009), as well as the chapbook Walter B.’s Extraordinary Cousin Arrives for a Visit & Other Tales from Woodland Editions.  Her collection of stories, Wild Milk, was published by Dorothy in 2018.  Mark’s awards include a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, a Sustainable Arts Foundation Award, and a fellowship from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts. Her poetry and stories most recently appear in American Short Fiction, The Bennington Review,  Tin House (Open Bar), The Collagist, jubilat, The Believer, and have been anthologized in Best American Poetry 2007, Legitimate Dangers: American Poets of the New Century (2006), and My Mother She Killed Me, My Father He Ate Me: Forty New Fairy Tales (2010). She has taught at Agnes Scott College, University of Georgia, Rutgers University, University of Iowa, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, Goldwater Hospital and throughout the New York City and Iowa Public School System. She lives in Athens Georgia with her husband, Reginald McKnight, and their two sons. For The Paris Review she writes a monthly column on fairytales and motherhood entitled HAPPILY. 

Sabrina Orah Mark

 

The Max Apple Prize in Nonfiction judged by Alex Marzano-Lesnevich

Alex Marzano-Lesnevich is the author of THE FACT OF A BODY: A Murder and a Memoir, which received a Lambda Literary Award, the Chautauqua Prize, the Grand Prix des Lectrices ELLE, and the Prix France Inter-JDD, an award for one book of any genre in the world. Named one of the best books of the year by Entertainment Weekly, Audible.com, Bustle, Book Riot, The Times of LondonThe Guardian, and The Sydney Press Herald, it was an Indie Next Pick and a Junior Library Guild selection, long-listed for the Gordon Burn Prize, short-listed for the CWA Gold Dagger, a finalist for a New England Book Award and a Goodreads Choice Award, and has been translated into nine languages. The recipient of fellowships from The National Endowment for the Arts, MacDowell, Yaddo, and the Bread Loaf Writers Conference, as well as a Rona Jaffe Award, Marzano-Lesnevich has written for The New York Times, The New York Times Sunday Magazine, The Boston Globe, Oxford American, Harpers, and many other publications. They earned their BA at Columbia University, their JD at Harvard Law School, and their MFA at Emerson College. They are now an assistant professor at Bowdoin College and live in Portland, Maine, with an enormous puppy.

Alex Marzano-Lesnevich

Photo by Greta Rybus

Celebrate National Library Week April 9-15

About National Library Week

First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country each April. It is a time to celebrate the contributions of our nation's libraries and librarians and to promote library use and support. All types of libraries - school, public, academic and special - participate.

Libraries Transform will return as the theme for National Library Week 2017, reminding all Americans that today’s libraries are not just about what they have for people, but what they do for and with people. Increasingly, libraries are places of creativity where people can meet to share a hobby, use a 3D printer, edit a video, or use software to record their own music. Libraries offer access to the tools, technology and training essential to the economic and cultural lives of their communities.

Soccer great Julie Foudy to serve as National Library Week Honorary Chair

Julie FoudyJulie Foudy is a retired professional soccer player, two-time World Cup champion, and a medalist in the 1996, 2000, and 2004 Olympics. She was inducted into the U.S. National Soccer Hall of Fame in 2007. She is currently a reporter and analyst for ABC/ESPN, contributor and writer for espnW, and motivational speaker.

Foudy is the director and founder of the Julie Foudy Sports Leadership Academy, a unique residential camp experience that uses sports as a vehicle to teach leadership skills for life. She also founded the Julie Foudy Leadership Foundation, which has a mission of building on a foundation of sports and fitness to empower young women from all socioeconomic backgrounds to become leaders who positively impact their communities.

Foudy also will add author to her credits with the release of her first book, “Choose to Matter,” to be published by Disney Publishing Worldwide in the spring of 2017.

Learn more about ALA's Libraries Transform public awareness campaign.

Ways to Celebrate National Library Week

1. Visit your library.

Head to your public, school or academic library during National Library Week to see what's new and take part in the celebration.  Libraries across the country are participating. 

2. Show your support for libraries on social media.

Help spread the word about National Library Week by sharing these images on your blog or social media channel. Follow I Love Libraries on Facebook and Twitter and the hashtags #NationalLibraryWeek and #LibrariesTransformto join the celebration on social media.

Celebrate National Library Week, April 9-16, 2017, Julie Foudy, Honorary Chair, #NationalLibraryWeek, #LibrariesTransform

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Add our Libraries Transform Twibbon to your Facebook or Twitter profile picture.

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3. Expert in the Library Promotion

 

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Libraries Transform: My librarian is expert at...(animation) storytime, tracking down obscure citations, making me smile. Tell us about the expert in your library for a chance to win!

What is your librarian an expert in—storytime, medieval history, recommending books—or are they an expert in making you smile?  Let the world know that you appreciate your "expert in the library" during National Library Week 2017. 

 

Your response can be text, a photo or a video posted Twitter, Instagram, or posted directly to the I Love Libraries Facebook page.
Use the printable props we've provided or be original. Creativity is encouraged. Just be sure to include the hashtag #expertinthelibraryand post between Saturday, April 8 at noon CT and Saturday, April 15 at noon CT for a chance to win the $100 Visa gift card.* Extra points if you tag your library in the post.

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4. Thursday, April 13 is Take Action for Libraries Day

At the federal level libraries are facing some special challenges this year, so we'll be asking for your help on Thursday of National Library Week.  Stay tuned.

News from Fondren - Spring 2017 Issue

 

News from Fondren Spring 2017

 

A Library newsletter to the Rice University community. Published twice a year (spring and fall)

Current Issue (PDF)

Past Issues

Happy New Year - Reduced Hours until January 8th

Happy Holidays - We are closed until January 3rd

Music from Fondren Concert: November 28 at 5pm

Monday, November 28 at 5:00 p.m. in the Kyle Morrow Room:

Music from Fondren presents a concert with commentary by the Rolston String Quartet, graduate quartet in residence at The Shepherd School of Music.

Music by W.A. Mozart and Canadian composer R. Murray Schafer. will be featured in this free one hour event. 

We're Closed for Thanksgiving - Holiday Hours

Please note that the library will have reduced hours starting November 23rd. Several departments will be closed over the Thanksgiving weekend.

SUN MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT

 

   

Nov. 23
Close at
2pm

DMC 9am-2pm
GOV 9am-2pm
FOFL closed

Nov. 24
Closed

DMC closed
GOV closed
WRC closed
FOFL closed

Nov. 25
10am to
6pm

DMC closed
GOV closed
WRC closed
FOFL closed

Nov. 26
9am to
6pm

DMC closed
GOV closed
WRC closed
FOFL closed

Nov. 27
Open at
12pm


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GOV closed
WRC closed
FOFL closed

           

Accessibility and Usability - Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016

Co-sponsored by Fondren Library’s Accessibility Committee and the User Experience Office and Rice University’s Disability Support Services

Speakers:

Lewis Maher

 A native of Dallas Texas, Lewis graduated from Spring Hill College with a B.S. in physics and the University of Texas at Dallas with a Ph.D. in physics.  He held space science post-doctoral appointments at Rice University and at RadioPhysics Inc. in Boulder Colorado before joining Exxon Production Research (EPR) to work on a variety of seismic data processing projects involving data interpolation, seismic migration, velocity analysis, and tomography.  He retired from Exxon in the spring of 2015. Louis has served as an ExxonMobil Loaned Executive to the United Way of Greater Houston, as president of the National Federation of the Blind of Texas (NFBTX) Houston Chapter, as the treasurer of the NFBTX Houston Chapter, Secretary of the National Federation of the Blind of Texas, and as secretary of the Houston Commission On Disabilities. His main computer interests are improving accessibility for the blind to graphical user interfaces, graphically displayed data, and to mathematically-based books and journals.

Claudia Ziegler Acemyan

As a human factors and human-computer interaction researcher, Dr. Acemyan’s  research focuses on votingsystem usability, or the study of human behavior and performance while using a particular voting system or product. By understanding issues related to the difficulty of using a system, the types of errors people make while interacting with it, how people think the system works and what they should do with it, and the best methods to use during system development and testing, then developers are better able to avoid and eliminate problems in the service of user-centered designs. 

Hang-Out Student Group

The Hangout is an outdoor learning space at Rice University. Located directly outside Fondren Library’s new reading room, the site sits at a bottleneck between the south colleges and the academic quad. By reconsidering the habits of indoor learning and preserving unique site conditions, we sought to create an environment to catalyze new forms of learning. In our initial visits to the site, we were fascinated by the tree canopy and found that using hammocks – which float of the ground – could celebrate the natural site’s sense of enclosure. Our design is a field of poles that is connected by a network of hammocks. The poles have two types of connections, allowing hammocks to pivot into a total of 729 configurations. This degree of freedom dissolves hard ownership of the space and accommodates both individuals and groups. The student manipulation of the layout will yield new and unexpected relationships between hammocks, providing a refreshing new take on outdoor learning and revitalizing an underused space on campus.

Andrew Bertics is a junior architecture student from Wiess College. He was part of The Hangout design team.

Ethan Chan is a junior from Brown College, double majoring in art and architecture. He was part of The Hangout design team.

Kajal Patel is a senior architecture student from Hanszen College. She is currently serving as president of the Architecture Society at Rice and helped organize the Mini-Charrette competition that led to The Hangout.

Other members of the interdisciplinary team are:

  • Eric Hsu – senior architecture/art history student from Baker College
  • Yoseph Maguire – senior electrical engineer student  from Wiess College
  • Mitch Mackowiak – senior  architecture/art history student from Lovett College
  • Toshiki Niimi – senior architecture/German studies student from Hanszen College
  • Geneva Vest – senior sociology student from Hanzen College

World Usability Day