Sigma Tau Delta Literary Conference: Recap Slated for Friday, April 13th


Kelli Bahls, Staff Writer

On December 18, 2017, my mind wandered far from final exam grades, holiday preparations, and hanging out with friends. I scanned the same website every few hours, watching for a hyperlink to appear with a detailed list of names and literary pieces. Checking my e-mail every two hours or so, I found myself impatiently waiting for someone to tell me the news—good or bad. 

What was the special occasion? On that fateful day, the Sigma Tau Delta International English Honor Society would announce which submissions would be accepted for presentation at the 2018 convention in Cincinnati, Ohio.  

Sigma Tau Delta’s mission centers on providing professional, academic, and literary development through the institution of local chapters and the opportunity to network with English-minded individuals.1 The organization hosts an annual conference, during which the members of more than 900 active chapters may submit their literary works for presentation.  

Inducted Sigma Tau Delta members are eligible to submit pieces in any genre, including poetry and prose, fiction and non-fiction. Critical essays and roundtable proposals add another element of complexity, providing the opportunity to analyze literature and discuss English-oriented issues. 

Getting accepted to the conference carries a certain weight of responsibility and accomplishment. When I initially realized that my piece had been accepted, I thought it might have been a mistake. I ventured to send an e-mail to other Marian students who had submitted pieces, Jackie Drake (’18) and Jackie Janik (’19). Sure enough, by 8:00 that evening, we each received notifications that our pieces had been accepted. It wasn’t a mistake—we were Cincinnati-bound.  

For four days this March, Drake, Janik, and I traveled together with our chapter sponsor, Dr. Jodi Wagner-Angell, to Ohio and attended the 2018 Convention. We are looking forward to sharing about our experiences there in an upcoming presentation. 

On April 13, 2018, in T205 during Sabre Hour, I will join my fellow presenters in hosting an informational session on the Cincinnati conference. The presentation will provide details about the Sigma Tau Delta induction process, share takeaways from the conference, and offer advice to those who might be interested in submitting to future conferences. We hope to see you there!

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