Library News for January 2020

  • Posted: January 29, 2020
    FlashLIT Student Writing Contest 2020 - WINNERS

    Congratulations to the winners of the 2020 FlashLIT Contest!

    The theme this year was “FEAST OR FAMINE” and our judges noted that students found a variety of unique ways to incorporate this theme into their “flash” fiction, non-fiction, and poetry entries.

    Read the anthology in this PDF file.

    NOTE: Since the FlashLIT Reception and Reading was canceled due to COVID-19 stipulations, we will be having a "mash-up" reading event with UNCW Sustainability on Thursday, April 23rd at 5:30 on Zoom.  See this website for more information:

    First Place: E.J. Schwartz: “Melon”

    Second Place: Erica A. Langston: “Unnatural Disaster”

    Third Place: Sam Pesot: “Snap”

    The judges also selected 13 pieces to be included alongside the winners in this year's FlashLIT anthology which will be designed and published by the Creative Writing Publishing Lab students, and illustrated by ART 260 graphic design students.

    (alphabetical by author's last name)

    Honorable Mentions:

    Darby Freeman: “Come Up and Get Me”

    Sarah George: “Sated by Knowledge”

    Sydney Giaquinto: “Daydreaming”

    Kayla Greene: “A Temporary Feast”

    Hannah Horn: “Breaking Fast”

    Mikaela Kesinger: “Trough of Knowledge”

    Martina Litty: “”Sweet Tooth”

    Fairley Lloyd: “My Mom’s Guide to Alternative Eating”

    Bo L. Miller: “Famine BEaten”

    Ricki Nelson: “The Green Wind”

    Christopher Sturdy: “Homecoming: A Feast of Seahawks”

    Hayley Swinson: “Tuesdays at Randall”

    Harper Vining: “The Audio Buffet”

    FlashLIT is an expansion of our annual Flash Fiction Contest, which is a hallmark of applied learning at UNCW, and the entire student body is invited to participate.  FlashLIT is a writing competition where contestants have one week to write 500 words (or less) in any genre of writing. (Detailed rules and regulations below.) 

    Once all the entries are judged, three top winners are chosen along with honorable mentions and those stories are illustrated by UNCW graphic design students and published in an anthology by the UNCW Publishing Laboratory.  The top three winners are also awarded monetary prizes.  First prize - $200.00; Second prize - $150.00; Third prize - $100.00 (applied to student UNCW accounts).  

    On Wednesday, April 22nd, students will host a reading reception to celebrate the FlashLIT anthology.  This year's FlashLIT reception and exhibits will be in partnership with Creative Writing, Art & Art History, as well as a celebration of Earth Day.  Randall Library's Sherman Hayes and Sundial galleries will feature student artwork that correspond with this year’s theme.   

    And without further ado, this year’s theme:  FEAST OR FAMINE 

    Feast or famine is an idiom that means overabundance or shortage. This expression originated as “either feast or fast”, which is how it appeared in Thomas Fuller’s Gnomologia (1732) and still survived in 1912: “Dock labour has been graphically described as ‘either a feast or a fast,’” London Daily Telegraph.  In America, famine was substituted for fast sometime during the twentieth century.  The term is still frequently applied to alternating overabundance and shortages (source).   

    Themes of feast or famine can be found in literature, in art and sculptures, in film and television, and throughout history.   

    How will you interpret FEAST OR FAMINE into your FlashLIT entry?

    FlashLIT Contest Rules
    If any of these rules are not followed your submission will be automatically disqualified.

    • Must be a UNCW student, currently enrolled.
    • 500 words or less.
    • Must include theme FEAST OR FAMINE. Must mention Randall Library.
    • Double spaced.
    • 12 pt., Times New Roman.
    • 1-inch margins on all sides.
    • Use one tab to indicate every paragraph indent.
    • Submissions due by Wednesday, February 5th at 5:00 p.m.
    • Four (4) hard copies delivered to the Randall Library Circulation Desk.  
    • Note:  The circulation desk is ONLY a drop- off point.  No information about the contest will be available from Circulation Staff.
    • Each copy MUST have a cover sheet with name, UNCW email, and 850 number. DO NOT include name or personal information on actual submission.
    • One entry per student

    If your entry is selected, the following regulations must be adhered to:

    • An emailed .docx version of your submission.
    • Section breaks should be notated by (***).
    • Turn off all auto-formatting features (such as automatic paragraph indenting, outlining, bullet points).
    • Enter only one space after terminal punctuation. If you used two spaces, search/replace to update your file.
    • For dashes, use em-dash character with no space on either side, or use two hyphens, and we’ll search and replace the em-dash during typesetting.
    • For any special characters or glyphs, such as trademark symbols, accents, or irregular punctuation, please note them by highlighting them in yellow with MS Word's "text highlight color" feature. 
    • If you'd like to include a special character or a glyph but you don't know how to set it, please submit a hardcopy of your story with specific instructions for the placement and type of special character to be inserted.
    • Files should be saved as follows: lastname_firstname.docx.

          NOTE: Edits and revisions will NOT be allowed after submissions, nor will the publisher have time to check your work. Take care that your piece is fully edited and perfected before submitting.

          NOTE: If your submission is selected for publication, you will be required to sign the following release:FlashLIT Student Release Form

  • Posted: January 22, 2020
    Faces of Randall logo

    Welcome back, Seahawks! We're continuing our Faces of Randall series with a feature on another of our newer hires:

    Name: Nicole Yatsonsky

    Title: Library Specialist in Special Collections

    What that means: Nicole handles the archives collections as librarians do with books and patrons. She organizes and catalogs documents that are important to the SENC/Wilmington area so that researchers can find and use them. This includes things like letters, photos, articles, and more.

    Favorite book: Her favorite all-time book is The Great Gatsby. More recently, she read American Predator, which is the true story of the attempt to catch serial killer Israel Keyes, who evaded law enforcement for over a decade.

    Favorite place in the library: Port City Java, because the seats still feel like the old library furniture from when she was here for undergrad.

    If you could instantly learn any one (real) skill, what would it be and why?:
    Nicole would choose to learn Portuguese; she’s half Brazilian, and it would be nice to be able to talk to her family members in Brazil who don’t speak English. She hasn’t been to Brazil yet because she wants to learn the language before she goes; she actually speaks some Spanish, which has interfered with her Portuguese.

    About Nicole:
    Nicole just started working here at Randall a year ago (happy anniversary!), but she attended UNCW as a student from 2006-2009. Wilmington is her absolute favorite place, and she’s very excited to be back here and to have found this job. However, before Wilmington she lived in LA for six years, and while there was an extra in an episode of Glee. She’d been working part-time then and was a big Glee fan and looking for free entertainment, so when the opportunity arose she took it, appearing in the background of a regional competition as an audience member.

    Documented evidence of Nicole existing in the same place as JEFF GOLDBLUM:

  • Posted: January 21, 2020
    FlashLIT An Expansion of Flash Fiction Contest Announcement January 29

    Calling all campus writers! Randall Library’s annual writing contest, FlashLIT, is back!

    Perhaps you are a journalism student?  Let’s hear your news report!  Do you write for blogs, or enjoy crafting pithy responses on current issues?  Let’s see your essay skills!  Or, perhaps you enjoy research or writing on scientific topics?  Let us learn something new from your short paper!  Is poetry your passion?  Send us your verse!  All genres are welcomed.

    One week from today on Wednesday, January 29, 2020 there will be an announcement of our theme for this year’s FlashLIT Contest.  This contest is a hallmark of applied learning at UNCW and the entire student body is invited to participate.  Students will have one week to write 500 words or less on a given theme while incorporating Randall Library into the writing in some way.  The top 3 winners are awarded monetary prizes (to their One Cards) and all winners and honorable mentions are included in a published anthology.  Students from the Creative Writing Department Publishing Lab will be producing the anthology, and students in ART 260: Introduction to Graphic Design will be illustrating all entries, so it is truly a campus-wide applied learning production. 

    Detailed rules and regulations will be included in next week’s announcement.  Get ready – the countdown to FlashLIT begins now!!!

  • Posted: January 07, 2020
    Red letters on red and white background. Reads "Red Tape at Randall"

    Red Tape at Randall

    We are committed to making Randall Library spaces safe and accessible for everyone, so we've created "no-furniture" zones to allow for better navigation throughout our building, easier access for wheelchairs, and a safer evacuation process in the event of an emergency.

    The concept is simple! Please do not move furniture inside an area that is blocked-off with red tape. If you are using furniture that is inside the red tape, a Randall Library staff member will help you move it to a new location.