The Center for Fiction is launching “a new grant program for emerging fiction writers who reside within the five boroughs of New York City….Eight writers will be selected in 2011….” Grants confer $3,000 plus an array of other benefits, including space and time to write in the Center’s Writers Studio, opportunities for mentorship and agent meetings, two public readings, and much more. The application deadline is January 31, 2011, and there is no application fee.
Something else for fiction writers: The annual Nelson Algren Short Story Awards competition is now open to submissions. “Stories must be fictional, unpublished, under 10,000 words and received by midnight (Central time) Feb. 15, 2011.” Administered by the Chicago Tribune, the awards confer a $5,000 first prize and three finalist prizes of $1,500 each. No entry fee. (Thanks to Jenn Crowell for reminding me that it was time to check in on this opportunity once again.)
Not just for fiction writers: The January/February 2011 Poets & Writers Classifieds section is now live. Lots of calls for submissions and contest listings. But be forewarned: Not all of the calls are paying opportunities, and not all of the contests are fee-free.
Visiting Assistant Professor position: “The Department of English at Franklin & Marshall College invites applications for a one-year position at the Assistant Professor level, beginning Fall 2011. We are looking for a Creative Writer who can teach a multi-genre introduction to creative writing as well as upper-level workshops in a single genre-poetry, fiction, or non-fiction.”
From MediaBistro.com: “mb LEARN is looking for a dynamic, spirited instructor to teach our Food Writing Boot Camp class in New York this March. This class meets for 8 weeks and will teach students how to write pitches, how to break into a print or online food magazine, and how to write articles that will get published. By the end of class, students will have a complete portfolio of publishable articles including a news product; an interview; a profile of a food personality; a restaurant roundup; a travel piece; and a food blog entry.Ideal candidate will be a highly experienced food writer, editor, or freelancer with a passion for teaching others. No previous teaching experience required. Classes run several times throughout the year, so there is an opportunity for continuous teaching.” Click here for the announcement (you’ll need to be registered on the site–it’s free–to access it).
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Some nonteaching jobs for writers: Worcester Polytechnic Institute (Mass.) is looking for a Magazine Editor, San Jose State University (Calif.) seeks an Advancement Writer, and PEN Center USA (Calif.) has announced a 24-hr/week position for a Program Coordinator.
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