Dr. Susan Honeyman
assistant professor of English, 308.865.8563

The University of Nebraska at Kearney Sigma Tau Delta will present Flash Fiction/Sudden Fiction/Very Short Story/Microfiction/Postcard Fiction/Instant Fiction/Short Short Story Slam at Black Sheep Coffee Roasters in downtown Kearney on Friday, Dec. 3, from 7:30-10 p.m.

“The purpose of the slam is to have fun and see the application of English in a nonacademic environment,” said Erica Chu of Ogallala, coordinator of the slam.  The slam is free and open to the public.

“The slam is an opportunity for the community and UNK students and faculty to interact, promote and recognize creative work written in and out of UNK’s Department of English,” she said.

Three rounds will be held for stories no longer than 500 words.  Competitors are awarded points each round by the judges, and half of the competitors are eliminated each round.  First place will receive $50, second place will receive $30 and third place will receive $20.

The judges are Dr. Barbara Emrys, UNK Department of English chair; Gary Dop, English graduate assistant and last year’s slam champion; and Dr. Kate Benzel, English professor.

“The slam is a great time to present work that you’ve done in the past and test the waters to see how your work compares to others,” Chu said.  “It is also an opportunity to hear and experience other people’s work.  The works that will be presented are more performance-based, so it’s more than just a reading.”

Sigma Tau Delta is an international English honor society that began in 1924 with the purpose to confer distinction upon students of the English language and literature in undergraduate, graduate and professional studies.