There’s not much time left to take advantage of this (deadline is tomorrow, February 15): The American Society of Journalists and Authors (ASJA) Educational Foundation is delighted to offer professional nonfiction writers the opportunity to apply for scholarships that will enable them to attend ASJA2011,” a conference in New York City scheduled for the end of April/beginning of May. Scholarships will be awarded to writers in three categories: blogging, nonfiction article, and nonfiction book. No application fees indicated.
“The Charles Johnson Student Fiction Award from Southern Illinois University Carbondale is an annual award competition intended to encourage increased artistic and intellectual growth among students, as well as reward excellence and diversity in creative writing. Each year, $1000 and a signed copy of a Charles Johnson book will be awarded to the winner.” Winning entry will also be published in Crab Orchard Review. “The award competition is open to all undergraduate and graduate students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents currently enrolled full- or part-time in a U.S. college or university.” Submissions must be postmarked during February. There is no entry fee.
Another student contest: The New York Times has just announced its latest Modern Love College Essay Contest. “If you have a personal story that illustrates the current state of love and relationships, e-mail it to us….The winning author will receive $1,000 and his or her essay will be published in a special ‘Modern Love’ column on May 1, 2011, and on nytimes.com.” No entry fee. Deadline: March 31, 2011.
Interested in applying for a residency at the Anderson Center (Minn.)? The deadline for May-July residencies has passed, but if you’re interested in a spot for August-October, you have until March 1 to complete your application. Keep in mind that August residencies (sponsored by the Jerome Foundation) are limited to applicants who are emerging writers/artists from Minnesota and New York City. Check all the details at the website. No application fee indicated.
Last week I mailed signed copies of Quiet Americans to the winners of three separate giveaways. Meantime, at this very moment there are three more ways that you might receive your very own signed copy, too (at least, if you live in the U.S. or Canada). You can enter this Goodreads giveaway through Friday. You can “like” our Facebook page and thereby become eligible for two copies to be awarded next weekend, too. And you can check out The Quivering Pen, where Quiet Americans was named last Friday’s “Friday Freebie.” (But if all of this is just too much work and/or waiting, please feel free to go ahead and buy a copy!)
“Lake Superior State University [Mich.] seeks a full-time, tenure-track faculty member in the Department of English to start August, 2011. Primary responsibilities include teaching sections of composition I and/or II each semester, with occasional teaching of a Creative Writing course consisting of fiction, creative non-fiction, and/or playwriting.”
New York University’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies is looking for part-time adjunct faculty “in Fiction Writing and Creative Nonfiction, Screenwriting and Writing for Television, Journalism and New Media, Business and Professional Writing, Basic Writing Skills, and Speech.”
Columbia College Chicago’s Department of English has extended the deadline for applications for the position of the Elma Stuckey Liberal Arts and Sciences Emerging Poet-in-Residence. This two-year position starts August 2011. “Poets from underrepresented communities and/or those who bring diverse cultural, ethnic, and national perspectives to their writing and teaching are particularly encouraged to apply. Successful candidate will teach, give a public reading, advise a student-curated reading series, and possibly supervise a small number of graduate theses.” Extended application deadline is March 1, 2011. (via CRWROPPS)
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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