"My PhD studies at UD provided a solid background in literature and honed my critical skills for my own writing."
~ Catherine Carter
"I made lifelong friends and I got my butt kicked intellectually. I’m eternally grateful for both."
~ Alexander Long
"The friendship and support of my mentors helped me to grow tremendously as a writer."
~ Erinn Batykefer
"I become an Assistant Editor in less than two years with my English degree."
~ Rachel A. Gearhart
"I use my English degree to advocate for my clients. The program helped me become a better writer & thinker."
~ Mary Akhimien
"I honed my writing & research on diverse issues of the human condition, focusing on ethics and civic justice."
~ Brian Byrd
"An education in the humanities helps to render the world into a language that is profound, mysterious & complex."
~ Rachel Eliza Griffiths
"My internships & editorial work at UD prepared me for a challenging but ever-rewarding career as a reporter."
~ Wallace McKelvey
"My job demands perfection when it comes to grammar, accuracy and objectivity, and it needs to happen fast."
~ Matt O'Donnell
"I found my passion for counseling students and helping them stay on track to attend college."
~ Sara Linton
"I got a great job teaching 9th grade English and film studies and will soon pursue my master's degree."
~ Kelly Emery
"Taking a variety of English courses allowed me to master and teach the modes of discourse to my own students."
~ Danielle Allen
"I secured my job prior to graduation at a UD teacher job fair. "
~ Melissa Paparozzi
"My professors helped me develop a compassionate teaching style and establish professional connections."
~ Staci Edwards
"I attribute much of my success to the English Education program at Delaware."
~ Samantha Draper
caesura, n.1. A pause in a line of verse dictated by sense or natural speech rhythm rather than by metrics.2. The University of Delaware's student literary magazine.
Welcome to Caesura, a student literary magazine for creative writing and artwork at the University of Delaware. We publish short stories, poetry, creative nonfiction, and artwork from UD's graduates and undergraduates. Submissions are selected and edited by an all-student staff. Our faculty advisors are Professors Bernie Kaplan, Michael McCamley, and Ashley Pigford, and our editor-in-chief is English graduate student Natalie James. Caesura is made possible through the generous support of the Gregory family, who honor their mother Elda Wollaeger Gregory's love of creative writing.
Caesura volume 33 will be debuted on May 2, 2013 at the annual Gregory Family Celebration of Creative Writing in 127 Memorial Hall at 5:00pm. Acclaimed poet Alexander Long will serve as guest judge of this year's awards and will read from his own body of work at the event. Student editors, authors, and artists, their family and friends, and anyone with a love of creative writing are invited to attend. Refreshments will be served in the Dome following the event.
Follow Caesura on Facebook and Twitter (@UDCaesura) to keep up with deadlines, staff meetings, and more.
The submission period for the 2012-13 volume of Caesura is now closed.
These guidelines are for authors and artists who want to submit to the magazine. Please follow the guidelines closely. Failure to do so may result in the rejection of your submission.The deadline for all submissions is November 20, 2012. NOTE: Submissions after the deadline will not be considered.Caesura accepts submissions to the following categories:
Finally, please present your work professionally. Spelling and grammar mistakes make your work difficult to read and can result in its rejection, even if the content is good. Caesura staff are not here to proofread your pieces. Please make sure your work is in its best shape when you submit it. We look forward to reading your work!!
How to SubmitPlease put all stories, poems, and art pieces in SEPARATE files with the titles as their file names. Do NOT put your name in the file name or the document itself (we do all selection of submissions anonymously). All writing submissions must be in Word documents. Attach all files to an email to caesuraUD@gmail.com. In the body of the email please include:
Judging and AwardsAll submissions are discussed anonymously by the Caesura staff. If your work is selected to be published, you will be notified by email. Published creative writing and artwork submissions are eligible for prizes, which will be awarded by in April 2013. More details about the event and time will be available in the Spring Semester. The awards are:The American Academy of Poets Prize: $100The Elda Wollaeger Gregory Poetry Award: Two prizes, $500 eachThe Thomas W. Molyneux Prose AwardFirst Prize: $300Second Prize: $200Caesura Art Award: $100
Do you love creative writing? Do you enjoy discussing poetry, short stories, artwork, and creative essays? If so, Caesura wants you! We select, edit, and publish student work from all over campus, and we're looking for enthusiastic editors and artists with sharp eyes for talented writing and artwork.You don't have to be an English major or a writer to join. New editorial voices are always needed, no matter what your background. We especially need skilled Visual Communications majors to help design the edition and to help us review the artwork submissions that come in. For more information on being on the design team, contact Professor Ashley Pigford.The benefits that you will receive from contributing to the Caesura staff are numerous. Besides meeting new creative, interesting, and dedicated people, you will gain experience as an editor or designer. We also have readings of our own personal work as a staff group, giving us all a chance to share and discuss our writing. Additionally, being involved in a publication looks great on job résumés and graduate school applications!To get involved, contact Professor Bernie Kaplan.
What Do We Do?The Caesura staff's main jobs are to select submissions for publication and edit the copy. Early in the fall we focus on advertising for submissions. Once submissions start coming in, we discuss them during staff meetings or online, depending on the preference of each department. Caesura is broken up into four departments: Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction (essays and memoirs), and Art. You can be involved in multiple departments, and you can also submit to the magazine even as an editor, as long as you don't submit to whatever department you are a part of (to be fair).Department heads decide for their own departments how often they will meet and to what degree they will employ online discussion tools. Head editors have more frequent meetings to discuss policies and the magazine timeline. The entire staff, due to size and scheduling conflicts, usually only meets all together at our staff readings and at the end of the school year at the proofing stage and presentation of the finished magazine.
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