Student membership in Sigma Kappa Delta is only by invitation to undergraduate students currently enrolled at a college or university with an active Sigma Kappa Delta chapter. It is an outward recognition of personal accomplishment and signifies that those invited to join Sigma Kappa Delta have achieved the Society’s high standards of academic excellence. Benefits of membership include:

Academic Recognition

Members receive a personalized Sigma Kappa Delta membership certificate and the official Society pin to signify high achievement in English language, writing, and literature.


Members are eligible to apply for a variety of Sigma Kappa Delta scholarships valued at up to $750 each.

Writing Awards and Opportunities

Members may submit papers for publication (See Awards section) in the Hedera helix. Works selected for publication are also eligible for overall awards and monetary prizes.

Annual Convention

Members may submit papers for presentation at the annual Sigma Tau Delta international convention. Works selected for presentation are also eligible for overall awards and monetary prizes.
Members who attend the annual convention have opportunities to hear students from throughout the U.S. and abroad present their creative and critical writing, to attend sessions on student leadership and chapter activities, and to listen to presentations by noted authors. Featured speakers at recent conventions include Neil Gaiman (2009), Azar Nafisi (2010), Poet Laureate Kay Ryan (2011), Natasha Trethewey (2012), and Ursula Le Guin (2013).

Student Leadership and Community Services

Members may compete for officer positions and take part in community service projects at many campus chapters.

Career Advancement

Members may use their honor society affiliation as a tangible sign of academic success to help advance their professional career.

Lifetime Affiliation and Fellowship

Members have many opportunities to network with other Sigma Kappa Deltans through local chapter activities, the annual Sigma Tau Delta international convention, and online sites such as Facebook and Twitter.