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In honor of the October 2013 National Day on Writing, UALR s Department of Rhetoric and Writing presents a writing contest:

Tell us your story of the south


Winners will appear on the radio show Tales from the South hosted 7 p.m., October 22, at Starving Artist Cafe.

We want to hear stories about:


Strange Southern relatives Tales of tornadoes

Submissions are due on October 4. See the reverse side of this flier for writing and submission information. Winners must be currently enrolled in a Rhetoric and Writing (RHET) course.

Catfish tales Best Southern dishes Family traditions Sunday stories Sports and tailgating Sounds of the South Bless your heart

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Department of Rhetoric and Writing

Writing and Submission Information


Possible Writing Prompts
Tell us a story about an event with one of your strange Southern relatives. Tell us a tale of an experience you have had with a tornado or severe storm. Tell us about an event that involved catfish. Tell us a time you ate the best Southern food. Tell us one of your favorite family traditions. Tell us a story about Sundays in the South. Tell us about a tailgating or sports event you attended. Tell us about sounds of the South. Tell us what happened when you said or someone said to you Bless your heart. Or tell us anything else about you and the South.

Stories will be selected for the October 22 live performance, which will be broadcast on the international radio show. If your piece is not selected for the show, you may be selected at a later time. For sample stories, visit http://www.talesfromthesouth.com/listen.html

A couple of pointers:

Show us; dont tell us. Describe the experience/event, not how you felt about it. Develop your nonfiction story based on the model to the right. For help, visit the University Writing Center in SUB 116.

Main Character Affirmation

Trouble Coming Crisis Insight

From Telling Your Own Stories by Donald Davis.

Submission Information

Deadline: Friday, October 4th Send your submissions to: talesfromthesouth@gmail.com Your subject line should be: UALRshow_yourname_wordcount_titleofwork In the body of your email: Copy and paste your 1200 to 1500 word story. Include a 50 to 100 word biography that includes your status as a student (freshman, sophomore, graduate student, and so on). Also, include which rhetoric course you are taking (Example: RHET 1311 Section 9). For questions contact: Dr. Sherry Robertson (sjrobertson@ualr.edu)

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