You’ll have to hurry to apply for a residency (including accommodation, travel bursary, and stipend) at the Centre Culturel Irlandais in Paris. “Applicants must be either: 1. Irish citizens or normally resident in Ireland, with full-time professional involvement in creative practice. 2. French professional artists whose work demonstrates an Irish dimension, who are resident in Ireland or have another clear link. 3. Artists with a body of work with a distinct Irish element, and who would benefit from a connection with France and Paris.” There’s no application fee, but the deadline is the end of the day (5 p.m. or 17h) on Friday, January 28.
“Spirit First is pleased to announce its second annual meditation poetry contest. Poetry submissions may be of any length and any style but must have a theme of meditation, mindfulness, stillness, or silence. Poems may reflect any discipline, any faith, or none. Poems must be previously unpublished.” No entry fee. Cash prizes ($175/$125/$75), plus $75 for a Spoken Poem Prize. Deadline: “Submissions must be received no later than January 31, 2011.” (via Beltway Poetry Quarterly/Poetry News)
Attention, Alaska writers! “Today [January 7, 2011] Rasmuson Foundation announced that Alaska artists are invited to apply for Individual Artist Awards to support the activities and experiences necessary to nurture and foster their creative work. Artists who are currently producing or performing work, are at least 18, and who have lived in Alaska for at least two years are eligible to apply.” The Foundation offers three grant programs. No application fees indicated.
Our February Practicing Writer newsletter will go out to subscribers next weekend. Just so you know to expect it (or sign up to receive it).
“Outdoorzy.com seeks bloggers personally involved in outdoor activities like hunting, fishing, hiking, camping, backpacking, trail running, climbing, or playing in dirt or snow. To write for Outdoorzy.com, you should be able write about these topics with the tone of someone who loves doing what you do. A broad range of skill levels in each of subject categories are accepted, so applicants don’t need to be ‘experts.’ All topics are ‘outdoorzy.’ New bloggers receive $20 per article to start, with the opportunity for pay advancement in the future. Email information about yourself, topic(s) to cover, and three published writing samples (preferably covering the same topics or topics you are applying for), and put “OUTDOORZY BLOGGING APPLICATION” in the subject line. Email to Jason Heflin, jason(dot)heflin(at)gmail(dot)com. For more information, visit www.outdoorzy.com.” (via NH Writers’ Project)
An assistant professorship is available at the University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown: “Responsibilities include: teaching four courses per semester, including composition, introductory professional writing, and intermediate/advanced coursework in creative nonfiction, literary journalism and new media.”
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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