FLOW Launches Pauline Usher Lampkin Scholarship Competition in Science Writing and Poetry

 Pauline Usher Lampkin was a dedicated forensics-science teacher at Gwendolyn Brooks College Preparatory High School, poet, and member of FLOW. She passed in 2016, but her dedication to her students and her art lives on.

Pauline Usher Lampkin was a dedicated forensics-science teacher at Gwendolyn Brooks College Preparatory High School, poet, and member of FLOW. She passed in 2016, but her dedication to her students and her art lives on.

Pauline Usher Lampkin College Scholarships: Poetry and Science Writing Competition

Background and Guidelines

 Background.

For Love of Writing (FLOW) is a writing, literary advocacy, and professional development group for which Pauline Usher Lampkin was a dedicated member. As a close-knit group, we’ve shared all the things important to us, from our writing, to our families, to other endeavors. And, for Pauline, everyone knew of her relentless dedication to her crafts (both writing and teaching), to her family, and to her students at Gwendolyn Brooks College Preparatory High School. Therefore, when Pauline passed away in 2016, we (Pauline’s FLOW sisters) wanted to honor our commitment to support the academic efforts of youth while also commemorating Pauline’s dedication to teaching science and writing poetry. The outcome of this endeavor: The Pauline Usher Lampkin College Scholarships (PULCS): Science and Writing Competition.

PULCS consists of two $500.00 stipends. The first $500 scholarship will be awarded to the winner of the science writing competition. The second stipend will be awarded to the best series of three poems. FLOW garnered scholarship proceeds from the sale of Revise the Psalm: Work Celebrating the Writing of Gwendolyn Brooks. The former Senator Donne E. Trotter made a significant purchase of Revise the Psalm books to share with the high schools in his district as well as to seed one of the $500 stipends.

The guidelines and deadlines for both competitions follow.

 Science Writing Competition.

Is race a biological reality or a social construct? How do colors influence your mood? Why do people who have pets live longer, healthier lives than people without them?

Science writing as creative nonfiction involves writing about scientific subjects—climate change, space exploration, urban agriculture, HIV/AIDS—in ways that may be instructive, but never technical. Good science writing takes a topic of interest and treats it with imagination and creativity. It can be a personal essay, such as: “Growing up with Lupus,” a persuasive essay: “Why Climate Change Deniers are Climate Destroyers,” or even religious: “A Scientific Argument for Creationism.” While it may be informed by personal opinion, your work must always be evidence based, whether established or innovative. The essay should also be written in an approachable, readable manner for a general audience.

Here’s a great example of scientific writing:

“How your cat is making you crazy”

https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2012/03/how-your-cat-is-making-you-crazy/308873/

Your essay should be 1000-1500 words (4-6 pages), typed and double spaced in a readable font. The first page should include the writer’s name, contact information, and essay title in the left-hand corner. All pages, except page one, must be numbered, preferably in the upper right-hand corner. (All directions should be followed to avoid risks of elimination.)

 Poetry Competition.

In a series of three related poems, tell us a story or communicate a message or theme. The three poems should be included in one file though typed on separate pages. Style of verse is optional. The total word count for all three poems should not exceed 1500 words. An incomplete entry will be eliminated from the competition. In the left-hand corner of the document’s first page, the student’s name, contact information, and theme must be present. Titles should precede each poem. With the exception of the first, all pages should be numbered in the top right-hand side.

General Rules.

1.     Students may select and submit to one category only.

2.     All entries must be original and unpublished.

3.     Documents should be submitted in Microsoft Word format only.

4.     Only graduating seniors, who can show acceptance to a two-year or four-year college by May 31, 2018, may apply for this competition.

5.     There is no grade point average requirement.

6.     Submissions accepted from March 26, 2018 to April 27, 2018.

7.     Deadline: April 27, 2018, 11:59pm.

8.     Please e-mail the document (no cover letters required) to: flowauthors@gmail.com.  Please include PULCS submission/Science Writing or Poetry category (pick appropriate one) in the subject line.

Winners will be contacted in mid-May; checks will be presented at an event to be announced at Gwendolyn Brooks College Preparatory High School. Writers of each award-winning entry will be invited to read the piece at the group’s Family and Friends event on a date and time to be announced. For more information, please contact Tina Jenkins Bell at 773-387-7588. ###

Posted on March 22, 2018 .

FLOW launches Pauline Usher Lampkin Scholarship at Gwendolyn Brooks College Prep

Pauline Usher Lampkin College Scholarships:

Poetry and Science Writing Competition

Background and Guidelines

 

 

Background.

For Love of Writing (FLOW) is a writing, literary advocacy, and professional development group for which Pauline Usher Lampkin was a dedicated member. As a close-knit group, we’ve shared all the things important to us, from our writing, to our families, to other endeavors. And, for Pauline, everyone knew of her relentless dedication to her crafts (both writing and teaching), to her family, and to her students at Gwendolyn Brooks College Preparatory High School. Therefore, when Pauline passed away in 2016, we (Pauline’s FLOW sisters) wanted to honor our commitment to support the academic efforts of youth while also commemorating Pauline’s dedication to teaching science and writing poetry. The outcome of this endeavor: The Pauline Usher Lampkin College Scholarships (PULCS): Science and Writing Competition.

 

PULCS consists of two $500.00 stipends. The first $500 scholarship will be awarded to the winner of the science writing competition. The second stipend will be awarded to the best series of three poems. FLOW garnered scholarship proceeds from the sale of Revise the Psalm: Work Celebrating the Writing of Gwendolyn Brooks. The former Senator Donne E. Trotter made a significant purchase of Revise the Psalm books to share with the high schools in his district as well as to seed one of the $500 stipends.

 

 

 

The guidelines and deadlines for both competitions follow.

 

Science Writing Competition.

Is race a biological reality or a social construct? How do colors influence your mood? Why do people who have pets live longer, healthier lives than people without them?

 

Science writing as creative nonfiction involves writing about scientific subjects—climate change, space exploration, urban agriculture, HIV/AIDS—in ways that may be instructive, but never technical. Good science writing takes a topic of interest and treats it with imagination and creativity. It can be a personal essay, such as: “Growing up with Lupus,” a persuasive essay: “Why Climate Change Deniers are Climate Destroyers,” or even religious: “A Scientific Argument for Creationism.” While it may be informed by personal opinion, your work must always be evidence based, whether established or innovative. The essay should also be written in an approachable, readable manner for a general audience.

 

Here’s a great example of scientific writing:

 

“How your cat is making you crazy”

https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2012/03/how-your-cat-is-making-you-crazy/308873/

 

Your essay should be 1000-1500 words (4-6 pages), typed and double spaced in a readable font. The first page should include the writer’s name, contact information, and essay title in the left-hand corner. All pages, except page one, must be numbered, preferably in the upper right-hand corner. (All directions should be followed to avoid risks of elimination.)

 

Poetry Competition.

In a series of three related poems, tell us a story or communicate a message or theme. The three poems should be included in one file though typed on separate pages. Style of verse is optional. The total word count for all three poems should not exceed 1500 words. An incomplete entry will be eliminated from the competition. In the left-hand corner of the document’s first page, the student’s name, contact information, and theme must be present. Titles should precede each poem. With the exception of the first, all pages should be numbered in the top right-hand side.

 

General Rules.

1.     Students may select and submit to one category only.

2.     All entries must be original and unpublished.

3.     Documents should be submitted in Microsoft Word format only.

4.     Only graduating seniors, who can show acceptance to a two-year or four-year college by May 31, 2018, may apply for this competition.

5.     There is no grade point average requirement.

6.     Submissions accepted from March 26, 2018 to April 27, 2018.

7.     Deadline: April 27, 2018, 11:59pm.

8.     Please e-mail the document (no cover letters required) to: flowauthors@gmail.com.  Please include PULCS submission/Science Writing or Poetry category (pick appropriate one) in the subject line.

 

Winners will be contacted in mid-May; checks will be presented at an event to be announced at Gwendolyn Brooks College Preparatory High School. Writers of each award-winning entry will be invited to read the piece at the group’s Family and Friends event on a date and time to be announced. For more information, please contact Tina Jenkins Bell at 773-387-7588. Additionally, to discover more about FLOW, visit www.flowauthors.com. ###

Posted on March 22, 2018 .

FLOW Reads at Bookies New and Used Books - Feb 18, 2018 2:00pm

Join us for Cast Iron Legacies: African American History and Culture Lessons from the Kitchen. 

Readers will include Dave Hoekstra, WGN Radio personality and author of The People's Place: Soul Food Restaurants and Reminiscences from the Civil Rights Era to Today,  Sandra Jackson Opoku, co-editor of Revise The Psalm: Work Celebrating The Writing Of Gwendolyn Brooks,  Janice Tuck Lively, Janice Tuck Lively, Elmhurst College associate professor of Creative Writing and Women and Gender Studies

Free Admission - but we ask you go to Eventbrite to reserve your place! 

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cast-iron-legacies-african-american-lessons-from-the-kitchen-tickets-42583419153

Posted on January 26, 2018 .

A-Z Novel Writing Strategies

 Lydia Barnes, FLOW Vice President, presented a NaNoWriMo workshop last fall at the Chicago Public Library, Beverly Branch.

Lydia Barnes, FLOW Vice President, presented a NaNoWriMo workshop last fall at the Chicago Public Library, Beverly Branch.

WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT HOW TO START, DEVELOP, OR ORGANIZE A NOVEL? WANT SOME TIPS ON PLOTTING, CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT, OR SETTING?

Join FLOW for a seminar led by author Tony Lindsay about what it takes to write a novel. If you want to learn how to create a novel, this is the seminar for you. 

Tony Lindsay, author of eight novels, will cover the nuts and bolts necessary to create a fictional story you and your readers will appreciate and enjoy. Topics include: creating believable characters and interesting settings; plotting or organizing a sensible story; ensuring the presence of conflict and crisis (and understanding the difference); using beginnings and endings that enhance story and stick with readers.

For all interested, a writer's workshop follows.

$30 at the Door or by registering at EventBrite. See link below.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/a-z-strategies-for-writing-or-honing-your-novel-tickets-38298741567?utm-medium=discovery&utm-campaign=social&utm-content=attendeeshare&aff=esfb&utm-source=fb&utm-term=listing

Posted on October 16, 2017 .

June 7th 2016 - Brooksday at Michigan and Randolph

The venue - Chicago's Cultural Center - gorgeous, uplifting, magnificent.  

The event - Brooksday  2016 - the marathon event where people honor the late Gwendolyn Brooks who was our voice for so many years.  Sandra Jackson-Opoku will be reading along with many others, including her co-editor of Revise the Psalm, Work Celebrating the Writings of Gwendolyn Brooks, Quraysh Ali Lansana.  

The admission price - FREE!   Time:  10 am to 6pm.  

Come join us and the The Guild Literary Complex

 

Posted on June 6, 2016 .

Impromptu Salon Yields Great Results

With a deadline looming, a phone call seeking advice turned into an unscheduled writing salon.  Tina Jenkins-Bell and Chirskira Caillouet gathered in L.D. Barnes basement tap room on a Sunday afternoon.  With laptops and libations, they worked on cover letters, bios and pieces to submit to Curbside Splendor's upcoming anthology Revise the Psalm: Work Celebrating the Writing of Gwendolyn Brooks.  

From that session, Recipe (a poem) by L.D. Barnes; The Last Supper ( a short story) by Tina Jenkins-Bell; and My Mother's Clothes (a poem) by Chirskira Caillouet, will be included in this important 100th birthday work.  

Edited by Auraysh Ali Lansana and Sandra Jackson-Opoku, the book is sure to be a wondrous collection of short stories, poems and personal accounts of encounters with the poet laureate herself.   

Pre-order is available at http://www.curbsidesplendor.com/books/revise-the-psalm-work-celebrating-the-writing-of-gwendolyn-brooks

Posted on June 3, 2016 .

Printers Row Book Fair

FLOW Authors will be well represented at the Fair.  Chirskira Caillouet. will be at the table with the Chicago Black Authors Network.  L. D. Barnes will be at the table with Mystery Writers of America and Tallgrass Anthology.  The rest of the group will be wandering around enjoying the fair!  Hope to see you there. 

Posted on June 3, 2016 .