Student Organizations

Sigma Tau Delta English Honor Society

Sigma Tau Delta is the International English Honor Society. A member of the Association of College Honor Societies, it was founded in 1924 at Dakota Wesleyan University. Sigma Tau Delta’s central purpose is to confer distinction upon students of the English language and literature in undergraduate, graduate, and professional studies.

English Graduate Student Association

The English Graduate Student Association (EGSA) fosters support and professionalization among graduate students in English. In the fall semester, EGSA presents the English Colloquium with faculty-led panels about succeeding in the field of English and submitting literary pieces to conferences and publications. In the spring semester, EGSA collaborates with Sigma Tau Delta to present the English Symposium, where students present on panels showcasing their creative and scholarly work to fellow students, faculty, and distinguished guests. Throughout the year, EGSA hosts casual events for graduate students to associate with one another and with faculty members, facilitating a positive community atmosphere and professional networking.

Number One Magazine

Number One Magazine strives to showcase the creative talents of UMKC students from various schools and disciplines. Submissions are accepted from any UMKC graduate or undergraduate student between April 1 and December 1 and include, but are not limited to, fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, one-act plays, screenplays, visual art, and photography. Submissions can be e-mailed to

Sosland Journal

The Sosland Journal is an annual publication, edited by English graduate students and funded by Rheta Sosland-Hurwitt, that features essays by student winners of the Ilus W. Davis Writing Competition. The journal exhibits exemplary writing from both composition courses and university-wide writing intensive courses to be published and distributed to a larger audience, including UMKC students who use the journal as a textbook in select writing courses and the Kansas City community at large.

Visit The Sosland Journal Online for current and past issues, submission guidelines, and deadlines for the Ilus W. Davis Writing Competition.