Good news: flashquake is back! The spring issue of this “literary and art journal for the briefest of forms” will launch on March 1. In submissions news, you can send work until February 15 for the current reading period. This remains a paying (albeit low-paying) publication.
Want to have your essay on the writing life published in Writer’s Digest magazine? It’s a distinct possibility! (Via e-mail, I’ve been assured that this is a paying freelance opportunity.)
As I said on Twitter when I discovered this competition last week, this Short Story Prize is my ideal contest–or it would be, if I were still 16-25…and “resident in the UK.” From the Franco-British Council: “Do you have a passion for France? Are you a Francophile with a story to share? The FBC, in conjunction with Prospect magazine and Eurostar, is inviting those aged between 16 and 25 to submit a short story of no more than 1,500 words. This year we are asking entrants to be inspired by a few choice quotes from French literature in writing a story that touches on some aspect of France or the French. The story does not have to be set in France but should simply possess a French element, however tentative. Particular credit will be given to stories that are well plotted, set in a real rather than abstract world and illuminating unexpected rather than familiar aspects of France or Frenchness.” Cash and travel prizes. No entry fee. Deadline: April 1, 2011. (Bonne chance!)
Another opportunity for writers on the younger side: In conjunction with the Lex Allen Literary Festival, Hollis University (Va.) has announced literary festival prizes in poetry and fiction ($100 each). Undergraduate college students are eligible. No entry fee. Submission deadline is Monday, February 7, 2011.
LOTS more no-fee competitions (and paying literary markets) are included in the February issue of The Practicing Writer, which went out to subscribers over the weekend. But the current issue is also online.
“The English Department at Siena Heights University in Adrian, MI, seeks candidates for a full-time, Assistant Professor position in creative writing with a specialization in Fiction. The successful candidate may also be asked to help develop a potential program in Digital Media Arts and Communication. Siena Heights University is a Catholic liberal arts University sponsored by the Adrian Dominican sisters.”
From the University of Puget Sound (Wash.), where they’re looking for a Visiting Assistant Professor of Creative Writing: “We seek a colleague who works in fiction, with secondary areas of teaching ability in one of the following: poetry, playwriting, screenwriting, or creative non-fiction. The course load is three courses per semester and the faculty member in this position will be asked to teach composition courses in addition to creative writing. Depending upon interest and expertise, the possibility for the candidate to teach literature courses also exists.”
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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