Student Opportunities

Current Opportunities

  • The college division of the Abdelkader Global Leadership Essay Contest is accepting submissions. This essay contest involves researching and writing an essay about the founder of a town near Decorah named Elkader. The grand prize is $1500, and the deadline is April 15th. Visit the website for more information.
  • Luther's own Oneota Review is accepting creative submissions including poetry, flash fiction, photography, sculpture, painting, and --for the first time-- music and film! Send submissions to The first deadline is February 17th, and the later deadline is March 10th.
  • The Institute of Reading Development is seeking applicants for their summer teaching program. Applicants must have an undergraduate degree. This is a paid position earning between $500 and $800 per week. Visit the website for more information and application materials.
  • The Iowa Poetry Association is searching for college entries to include in their annual book, Lyrical Iowa. Awards include up to $25 and publication. Visit the website for complete rules and entry information. Deadline is February 28th.

Study Abroad Opportunities

  • If you are an English major looking for a chance to study abroad in Europe, consider ACM's London/Florence program for Spring 2018. See more details at their website

On-Going Opportunities 

In addition to a large number of all-college events in which English majors participate, there are many activities growing specifically out of the English major.

  • The student newspaper, Chips, is typically advised by an English faculty member and includes a large number of English majors and minors.
  • The Oneota Review is an annual literary review published by students and advised by an English faculty member.
  • The Luther College chapter of the international English honor society, Sigma Tau Delta, hosts a wide range of academic and social events.
  • Hosting of visiting writers. View images of visiting writers and read about our Creative Writing courses.
  • Performances such as: local ArtHaus poetry slams, student open-mic nights, a recently completed Paradise Lost, and annual Shakespeare production by the students of the course "Shakespeare Performed."
  • Faculty and student organized out-of-town trips to readings, theatre performances, and lectures.
  • Social events such as fall or spring picnics, the annual Literary-themed Halloween party, a Baccalaureate party for graduates and their families, frequent dinners, and class meetings in faculty homes.
  • The Associated Colleges of the Midwest sponsors an annual short story contest for students at participating colleges, including Luther. View the ACM "Nick Adams" Short Story Contest Guidelines.