St. Martin’s Press is running a short-story contest to mark the publication of Jeffrey Archer’s latest short-story collection. No entry fee. Prize: e-publication with St. Martin’s (& royalties). “Contest is open to legal residents of the U.S. aged 18 or older who have been Previously Unpublished (except that authors of self-published works only may enter, as long as the Manuscript submitted is not the self-published work) and who are not under contract with a publisher for publication of a novel.” Deadline: October 1, 2010 (11:59 p.m. ET). (via PublishersLunch)
From @thewritermag: “Calling all self-publishers! We’re looking for fresh articles on this topic. If you have a new angle, pitch us at queries(at)writermag(dot)com.”
The Sleep Club (U.K.) seeks bedtime stories (stories that “are to be read before falling asleep”). Stories for children are also welcome. Pays: “The Sleep Club is able to offer a nominal fee to those writers we chose to publish on the site.”
Oregon Humanities magazine has announced a call for submissions for its spring 2011 issue, on the theme of “fail”. Pitch/submit by October 18, 2010. More info on the call is available at the link above; for general information and pay rates, click here. NB: “At this time, we almost exclusively publish work by Oregon artists and writers.”
Choice Publishing Group has issued calls for submissions for three anthologies within the Patchwork Path series: “Star Spangled Banner,” “Star of Hope,” and “Baby’s Block.” Deadlines vary (the first, for “Star Spangled Banner,” which is looking for stories and essays “about living the American Dream,” is December 31, 2010). Pays: $50/published story. (Via PayingWriterJobs, http://groups.yahoo.com/group/paying-writer-jobs).
Teaching jobs with a multi-genre focus: The University of Montana invites applications for the position of assistant professor of creative writing, and they’re looking for “a writer of both nonfiction and fiction.” And the College of Wooster (Mass.) is advertising for a visiting assistant professor of English (three-year position), with a “background in teaching all forms and levels of writing, especially fiction and/or creative nonfiction; secondary expertise in U.S. ethnic literatures desirable.”
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