Tag Archives: University of Southern Maine

Want to work for us next year?

Words & Images is looking for a whole lot of staff next year. Many of the student workers here are graduating, making more room for other interested USM students.

If you’d like to learn more about what it means to be part of the W&I team, send us an e-mail, comment, or talk to current Publishing Director, Caroline O’Connor Thomas, and Assistant Director, Michael Frier. They’ll tell you everything you need to know!

Please note that positions are only open to undergraduates currently enrolled at the University of Southern Maine.

…Because who doesn’t like prizes?

Thanks to generous donations from Bard Coffee, Longfellow Books and Material Objects, we’re happy to announce our first ever raffle!

Purchase your tickets for the prize (worth $75 dollars) at our release event! $1 for 1 ticket and $2 for a whopping 3 tickets.

All proceeds will go towards the production of the journal next year.
Make sure to check out our donors websites:
Bard Coffee provides Portland, ME with single origin speciality coffees, locally made pastries, and hosts a monthly Thursday Night Throwdown Latte Art Competition to help raise money for the Coffee Kids charity.

Longfellow Books. Great literature and book discussions are found here. Buy your books from this inde-pendent shop!


Material Objects keeps you fashionable with their ever-circulating selection of clothing. This consignment store also specializes in locally made jewelry and a select few new items.

Words & Images 2012 is almost here….

Celebrate with us at our release party, Thursday April 19th at Mayo Street Arts. The fun starts at 6:30 and ends at 9:30.

English Major Spring Gathering

Hey USM English Majors!

If you’re interested in learning more about the journal, your fellow English majors, English alumni and/or faculty – join us for the Spring social, April 4th in The University Events Room in Glickman Library.

As always, there will be free food and readings by your peers.

Winners Circle II !

We’re more than pleased to announce that our judges for the 2012 Betsy Sholl Award, Professor Shelton Waldrep and Professor Nancy Gish have make their selections.

Congratulations to David Sloan, for his poem “Bad Math.”

The winner of the 2012 Andre Dubus Award, judged by Lily King is

Karyn Lie-Nielsen, for her short story “When The Iron Is Hot.”

Congratulations to both our winners for their exemplary work!

Winner’s Circle!

By the time submissions closed for the Dos Cosas Award, we had so many fantastic stories and poetry from our peers that we were overwhelmed. The University of Southern Maine has a vibrant writers community, and the diversity of style, voice and vision was impressive. I want to take a moment to thank all of our entrants, who work diligently at their craft, and will continue to do so beyond their experiences at USM. Don’t roll your eyes, but you’re all winners (I said don’t roll your eyes!) Knowing a handful of our entrants personally and seeing them sweat over the pages in workshops and creative writing courses made judging this contest difficult. I want to encourage everyone to keep submitting, because much of the work I saw was already so well manicured, it deserves recognition.
Cheers to you!
Caroline O’Connor Thomas, Publishing Director 2012

Words & Images is proud to announce the winner of the second annual Dos Cosas award, a $500 prize reserved for a student writer from the University of Southern Maine.

Congratulations to Catie Hannigan -! who has won this year’s award for her poem “Winter.”

Catie is a self-described morning bird, and dream-journal enthusiast. She appreciates hot cheeks and cold air.

We will be announcing the recipients of the Betsy Sholl Poetry Award and the Andre Dubus Award for Short Fiction by the end of the week, so visit us again soon!

Special thanks to Michael Frier, Assistant Director – for helping me judge this contest, and to Professor Waldrep, who was key in helping spread the word about the award. Again, congratulations to Catie for her excellent work!

Book and Bake Sale

W&I knows everyone loves books and baked goods. And if you’re anything like us, you like to multi-task and read while you eat (which admittedly results in a miniature mess. Don’t judge us for who we are.)

We invite you to our Book and Bake Sale on November 14th from 10 am – 2pm in the lobby of the Luther Bonny building on USM’s Portland campus.
We’ll send you on your way with delicious baked goods and a book or two. We’re selling used books for a suggested donation of $3 a pop, as well as current issues of the journal (for a reduced $15) and back issues for a suggested donation of… whatever you’d like to give us. Come ask us questions about our contests, or just get to know us.


There will be snacks!