Opportunities for Students
Pequod is Colby College’s student literary magazine. It is published on a biannual basis, once each semester, and is comprised of both creative writing pieces and studio art works. It is entirely student run from the pieces themselves to the publicity, selection and publication processes. The magazine has been a strong part of Colby’s Creative Writing Program since 1968, though in the earlier years faculty had a larger role both as contributors and editors than they do now. The shape of the magazine has changed over the years, as there used to be a strong connection with the Mary Low Coffeehouse to bring life to the works with live readings and displays of art. The actual physical shape of the magazine has changed as well over the years, as we feel strongly that the content should dictate the format and not vice versa. There is no formula for how many pieces of fiction versus poetry versus nonfiction that we accept. Instead we take the strongest pieces overall, which might mean a longer magazine one semester and a much shorter one the next. Students with creative work – whether produced in writing workshops, studio classes or on their own time – can submit their pieces to [email protected] throughout the semester, but earlier is better. A cut off date for submissions will be announced via the general announcement emails and posters around campus. We look forward to discovering and honoring the wonderful creativity of Colby students.
Please click here to see the Pequod’s art website!
Inklings is the only creative writing club on campus, focusing on peer-led writing workshops for students to hone their craft and feedback skills. We meet in groups of fiction / creative nonfiction / poetry writers to help each other improve our work. Throughout the year, we host larger events, such as collaborations with the Colby Museum of Art and English Department, bringing on outside published writers and giving a chance for Colby students to gain experience with creative writing.
Inklings welcomes creative writers of all genres, backgrounds, and experience levels. If you weren’t able to get into a creative writing course but love to write, if you write in your free time but have never taken a formal course, or if you’ve taken every single creative writing course offered at Colby and want more opportunities to improve your writing, Inklings is for you!
The Inklings workshop meets on Thursdays at 4:00pm in Miller 014. The workshops are casual but productive and focus on author-led discussion about their work.
Kristina Stahl Creative Writing Fund
The Kristina Stahl Creative Writing Fund was established by Bill and Karin Stahl in memory of their daughter, Kristina Stahl ’99, who died tragically in 2002. She was a talented English teacher at Kingswood Oxford School in West Hartford, CT, and was pursuing her Masters in English at Middlebury during summers at the Bread Loaf campus. Kristina loved writing fiction, poetry, and nonfiction.
The Kristina Stahl Creative Writing Fund supports the Creative Writing Program at Colby through three initiatives: the Kristina Stahl Prize for Creative Non-Fiction, the Kristina Stahl Writer-in-Residence, and the Kristina Stahl Creative Writing Internships
Students who secure an unpaid internship for Jan plan or summer can apply for funds to cover their expenses while they undertake their internship.
Applications for the Kristina Stahl Creative Writing Internship award will be live on this DavisConnects webpage.
The dates for the Jan Plan 2024 Funding Applications:
Application Opens: October 2, 2023 @ 12:00 AM EST
Application Closes: October 13, 2023 @ 11:59 PM EST
Award Notifications: October 25, 2023 by 5:00 PM EST
Students will fill out a general application (please visit that DavisConnects funding page to prep all essay questions and application materials). Qualified applicants will then be asked to answer the following:
- Describe previous internship, coursework, non-profit work, extracurricular activities, or other experience that might be directly relevant to the types of opportunities supported by the Kristina Stahl Writing Fund.
- Who will supervise you? Please describe the nature of the supervision, such as how often you will be mentored.
- Are you applying for funding from any source other than the Kristina Stahl? If so, indicate the source and how much are you requesting.
Original poetry by a student
Established in 1967 by a bequest from Ruby Carver Emerson, Class of 1904, in memory of her mother, Mary Low Carver, Class of 1875, who was Colby’s first woman graduate. Mary Low Hall is named for her.
Original poetry by a freshman or sophomore woman
Established in 1987 by Katherine’s parents, Marjorie Murphy Shuman ’37 (nee Gould) and the late Howard R. Murphy. This prize was created in memory of Katherine Rogers Murphy ’71, who died tragically while still a first year student at Colby. Katherine was an English major from New York, and is remembered for her outgoing personality, her love of the outdoors, and her love of reading. Her parents and friends sponsored the creation of the award in memory of the potential she had possessed. The recipient of the award is someone who will be able to go on to do the things Katherine Rogers Murphy was terribly sadly denied.
Short story writing
Established in 1959 by Elmira’s daughter, Margaret H. Jones, M.D. Elmira Nelson Jones, Class of 1897, was one of the women who attended Colby before the idea of a college-educated woman was readily accepted. She was a public school teacher and spent five years on the Portland School Board. The winner of this prize will be someone who is as much a lover of the written word as Elmira Nelson Jones was.
For excellence in the writing of creative nonfiction
Established in 2015 by Kristina’s parents, this prize is created in memory of Kristina Stahl ’99, who died tragically in 2002. She was a talented English teacher at Kingswood Oxford School in West Hartford, CT, and was pursuing her Masters in English at Middlebury during summers at the Bread Loaf campus. Kristina loved writing fiction, poetry, and nonfiction.
Student Open Mic Readings
2022-2023 Creative Writing Open Mic Readings
Thursday, December 8th @ 4:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Thursday, May 4th @ 4:30 PM – 6:30 PM
All readings will take place in Marylow Coffeehouse!