Feinberg Contest

Kelly Jo Feinberg Memorial Essay Contest

In May 2010, UK lost one of its most dedicated and inspiring writing instructors, Kelly Feinberg, to breast cancer. The Division of Writing, Rhetoric, and Digital Studies would like to honor her memory with this annual call for personal essays exemplifying the qualities that Kelly embodied as a writer and teacher:

 

  • Voice. Speak with a compelling, authentic voice. Put yourself on the page.          
  • Compassion. Demonstrate passion for your issue, yes, but also compassion for those involved. Speaking up also requires listening.      
  • Impact. Move your readers—to laughter, to outrage, to sympathy, to revelation. Anything goes, so long as something meaningful is at stake.
  • Humor / Humility / Honesty. Endear yourself to your reader. Balance a lightness of approach with a seriousness of purpose. Engender trust.

The subject matter of these essays matters less than the substance of the ideas therein. You can highlight an injustice, issue a call to action, find big meaning in small things, reflect on a personal struggle, etc.  The voice-driven personal narratives of the “This I Believe” series (www.thisibelieve.org) and the Moth Radio Hour (http://themoth.org/radio) provide some good examples. The essay can be something written earlier or for a class or can be something written specifically for the contest.

DEADLINE:  Friday, March 28, 2014

  • Submit electronic copies of essays in PDF format or Word Doc format to rs_WRDinfo@uky.edu
  • Include contact information (name, email, phone #) in upper left corner of first page.
  • One submission per student.
  • Open to all UK undergraduates.

PRIZE:

  • $100 to top entry selected by committe; winner to be honored at Awards Luncheon April 14, 2014

LENGTH:

  • No length minimum.
  • Length maximum is 10 pages, double-spaced.     

GENRE:

  • Creative non-fiction.
  • Personal essays.
  • Multi-media projects that incorporate some writing element are permitted (including photography, artwork, artifacts, electronic media, etc.)  
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