DelVal’s literary magazine is accepting submissions for its annual art and writing contest

Aug 27, 2012

Delaware Valley College’s literary magazine, The Gleaner, awards cash prizes to the winners of its annual Gleaner Literary and Artistic Competition. The winners are also recognized in the spring at the College’s annual Gleaner Gala.

The campus publication offers three prizes for the best writing and three prizes for the art and photography category.

 Karen Schramm, Ph.D., a DelVal English professor and the club’s advisor introduced a new prize category, The Bountiful Harvest Award, which honors the very best in show of all the submissions.

This award features the largest cash prize and, of course, merits praise during the Gleaner Gala.

“Each year, we receive hundreds of poems, short stories, creative nonfiction essays, photographs, pencil sketches, paintings, and more,” said Schramm. “My Gleaner staff reviews all submissions and selects that item, which they have determined to be the best.”

The Gleaner staff, which is made up of students, chooses the winners and announces them at the annual Gleaner Gala in April. The winners are also recognized in the literary magazine.

“The Gleaner Gala is a wonderful public event that is always well-attended and sometimes is graced by an extemporaneous speech by President Brosnan,” said Schramm.

At the last gala, Kelsey Krammer, took the top award for her painting, which featured an exquisitely detailed gorilla. She received $100 prize.

Established in 1901, the Gleaner, features the voices and visions of students, faculty, staff, and the administration.

How to enter:

Submissions for this year’s contest are due by December 17. Submissions can be delivered to Schramm in Miller 301 or emailed to

Individuals may submit as many items, in as many genres, as they wish.

Interested in joining The Gleaner?

To join the Gleaner staff, students show up at the annual Clubs and Organizations Expo, August 29, 2012 on Alumni Lane between 4:30 and 7:00 PM. The rain date for the Expo is August 30 at the same time.

Some of the staff and the club’s advisor will be there to recruit new members. Then, the co-editors determine availability and plan meeting days, times, and location accordingly.