2020 Elmira College Twain Art and Writing Winners Announced

The Center for Mark Twain Studies has announced the winners of the Annual Portraying Mark Twain Art Contest and the Mark Twain Essay Contest. First place prizes were awarded to Morgan Mordini ’22 and Alex Taylor ’23, respectively. Morgan’s winning piece in the Art Contest was a wintery photograph of the Mark Twain statue on the Elmira College campus, looking directly at Cowles Hall, the building where his wife Livy received a part of her education.

Honorable mentions in the Art Contest were awarded to Max Lundin ’22, Jenna Cowder ’22, Brooke Shollenberger ’23. Each student was awarded a monetary prize ranging from $150-$50 for their artistic and writing skills.

The 2020 Mark Twain Writing Contest winner is freshman art major Alex Taylor’23, who submitted a creative essay inspired by Mark Twain’s The War Prayer. After learning that many of  Mark Twain’s novels and stories were illustrated by artists such as Lester Ralph (Eve’s Diary) and Truman Williams (Adventures of Tom Sawyer), Alex decided to illustrate his own fictional letters from a 21st Century father and husband who was stationed somewhere in Syria. Alex wrote that he intended for the reader to think about soldiers in their own family, just as reading The War Prayer had caused him to think of soldiers who have been important to him in his own life.

The 2021 Portraying Mark Twain Contest and Mark Twain Essay Contest will soon be open for entries. All Elmira College students are encouraged to submit artwork and writing that reflects some aspect of Mark Twain, his writings, or his life in Elmira. More information is available here. Any questions should be directed to Dr. Joseph Lemak ([email protected]).

2020 Mark Twain Writing Contest and Art Competition Open to Elmira College Students

Have you written an excellent paper, taken a fantastic photograph, or painted an outstanding picture inspired by Mark Twain or his literature? If so, then all Elmira College students, both undergraduate and graduate, should consider submitting their works to CMTS’ two annual contests.

2020 Portraying Mark Twain Art Competition

All Elmira College students are encouraged to upload digital files of artwork they have created that portrays Mark Twain, Mark Twain in Elmira or some aspect of Mark Twain’s literature.Up to $350 in prize money will be distributed among winning entries. Winning entries will be featured in publications of Elmira College and the Center for Mark Twain Studies. Deadline: March 30, 2020. You can find more information here.

2020 Mark Twain Writing Contest

Rebecca Heagy ’19 receives a cash prize from Dr. Joseph Lemak as winner of the 2019 Mark Twain Writing Contest

Elmira College students are encourage to submit their best creative or scholarly writing projects inspired by Mark Twain or his literature. Scholarly and literary essays should develop an explicit theme or thesis and should have a clear sense of analysis or bibliographical material. Creative essays or works should focus on Mark Twain’s writing or life. Winners will receive a cash prize and have their name added to the list of past winners on the Mark Twain Statue located in the entrance to McGraw Hall. Deadline: April 27, 2020. You can find more information here.



Elmira College Writers & Artists Are Invited to Submit to Our Annual Mark Twain Competitions

The Center for Mark Twain Studies is sponsoring two competitions: The 25th Annual Mark Twain Writing Contest & The 2nd Annual “Portraying Mark Twain” Art Competition.

Both contests are open to all Elmira College students. 

The Mark Twain Writing Contest solicits excellent student writing related to Mark Twain, his life, works, and times. Academic essays and creative writing are both strongly encouraged.

All submissions should be typed, double-spaced, and formatted according to MLA style. A submission length of 1000-1500 words is recommended, but submissions of any length will be considered.

The author of the winning essay will receive a $250 cash prize and have their name engraved on the statuette in the entryway of McGraw Hall. Exceptional essayists may be invited to submit to partner journals or to publish on MarkTwainStudies.org. Additional runners-up may also receive cash prizes.

Please submit your essay via email to Dr. Joe Lemak, Director of the Center for Mark Twain Studies ([email protected]). All entries will be judge anonymously by Dr. Matt Seybold, Assistant Professor of American Literature & Mark Twain Studies.

The deadline for submissions is Friday, March 30, 2018

CMTS also sponsors the “Portraying Mark Twain” Art Competition, open to visual artists in all mediums and genres.

A $350 prize pool will be divided between winning entries, which will also be displayed on campus and/or via MarkTwainStudies.org.

Further guidelines for submissions may be found here. The deadline for entry is March 30, 2018.

 

CMTS Announces Winners of the Elmira College “Portraying Mark Twain” Art Contest

The Center for Mark Twain Studies is pleased to announce four winning entries for the “Portraying Mark Twain” Art Competition, a contest that has been ongoing from September 2016 through March 2017. The artists include Janine Velardi’19 (photo), Kaitlyn Ritz’18 (mixed media), Miranda Satterly’17 (digital drawing), and Nick Vanderwood’19 (chalk drawing).

A panel of ten judges made up of Elmira College faculty and staff made the selections from entries that included photographs, drawings, digital collage and even a gif. The many entries of Mark Twain inspired art work ranged from landmarks found in Elmira to Clemens’ living quarters in London. All entries can be viewed online here.

Students will receive monetary awards prior to the first Trouble Begins lecture, “These Hideous Times: Mark Twain’s Bankruptcy and the Panic of 1893” by Joseph Csicsila of Eastern Michigan University in Cowles Hall on Wednesday, April 26 at 7 pm. Find out more about this lecture here.

CMTS Sponsors Mark Twain Writing & Art Competitions for Elmira College Students

The Center for Mark Twain Studies is sponsoring two competitions: The 24th Annual Mark Twain Writing Contest & The “Portraying Mark Twain” Art Competition.

Both contests are open to all Elmira College students.  Continue reading “CMTS Sponsors Mark Twain Writing & Art Competitions for Elmira College Students”