The October 7 issue of the Writing World newsletter included this announcement from editor Moira Allen: “We’re getting low on articles here at Writing-World.com. We use two feature articles each month, and we need more. We accept original articles AND reprints — including articles that have appeared in other writing publications (preferably print as there’s less overlap in audience) and excerpts from books (including e-books) on writing.” Guidelines and pay rates are available online.
Calling all Irish practicing writers (“people born or normally resident in Ireland”): This year, the Francis MacManus Short Story Competition is accepting entries until December 31, 2010. This contest looks for previously unpublished work suitable for radio broadcast. Entries are welcome in English or in Irish. “The author of the overall winning story will receive €3,000 with prizes of €2,000 and €1,000 awarded to the second and third prize winners.” No entry fee indicated.
“The Run for Grub Scholarship was founded by Grub Street member Catherine Elcik who ran a marathon in July to raise money to cover the cost of workshops for four students. Each of the four scholarships covers the cost of a 10- or 6-week workshop of your choice, anytime in the 2011 calendar year. To be eligible, you must be taking your first multi-week workshop at Grub Street OR taking your first multi-week workshop in a genre that is new to you (i.e. you are a fiction writer taking screenwriting for the first time, or a poet taking a memoir class, etc).” No fee to apply. Deadline: November 1, 2010 (applications must be received via email by 5 p.m. EST that day).
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“The Brief-Residency MFA Program in Creative Writing at Eastern Kentucky University seeks a Visiting Fiction Writer for the Spring 2011 semester. The successful candidate will attend the program’s Winter Writing Residency in Lexington, Kentucky from January 1st – 9th, 2011, where, among other duties, she or he will teach an intensive fiction workshop. After the Winter Residency, the Visiting Writer will teach two online courses for the MFA program, a fiction workshop and a class in contemporary literature. Although the Visiting Writer must attend the Winter Writing Residency as a guest of the MFA program (with travel, lodging, and meal expenses provided by the university), this position does not require that the Visiting Writer relocate to Kentucky.”
Rowan University (N.J.) is looking for an Assistant Professor, Creative Writing, “with expertise and 3 years college-level teaching experience in one or more of the following areas: fiction, creative nonfiction, children’s stories, or introductory creative writing.”
Erika Dreifus is the author of Quiet Americans: Stories (Last Light Studio), which is an ALA Sophie Brody Medal Honor Title for outstanding Jewish literature. Quiet Americans was also named a Notable Book (The Jewish Journal) and a Top Small-Press Book (Shelf Unbound). Erika is a contributing editor for Fiction Writers Review and an advisory board member for J Journal: New Writing on Justice, and she wrote the section on “Choosing a Low-Residency MFA Program in Creative Writing” for the second edition of Tom Kealey’s Creative Writing MFA Handbook (Continuum, 2008). Erika is also the editor/publisher of The Practicing Writer, a free (and popular) e-newsletter featuring advice, opportunities, and resources on the craft and business of writing for fictionists, poets, and writers of creative nonfiction.
A high-ranking Nazi’s wife and a Jewish doctor in prewar Berlin. A Jewish immigrant soldier and the German POWs he is assigned to supervise. A refugee returning to Europe for the first time just as terrorists massacre Israeli athletes at the 1972 Munich Olympics. A son of survivors and the family secrets modern technology may reveal. These are some of the characters and conflicts that emerge in Quiet Americans, in stories that reframe familiar questions about what is right and wrong, remembered and repressed, resolved and unending. Portions of the proceeds from sales of Quiet Americans are being donated to The Blue Card. Quiet Americans has been named a 2012 Sophie Brody Medal Honor Title (American Library Association) and recognized as a “Notable Book” (The Jewish Journal) and “Top Book” (Shelf Unbound).
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