A new poetry contest (open to residents of Washington, D.C., Maryland or Virginia) is being administered in conjunction with the upcoming Bethesda Literary Festival. Cash prizes of $500, $250, and $150. “Winners will be honored at a special event during the Bethesda Literary Festival, held April 15-17, 2011. Winning poems will also be posted on the Bethesda Urban Partnership Web site.” No entry fee indicated. Deadline is coming up fast: March 11, 2011.
Want to submit your manuscript to Coffee House Press? Take note of these remarks: “Coffee House Press will only accept submissions during two annual reading periods: March 1 – April 30 and September 1 – October 31. Submissions postmarked outside of these two reading periods will not be considered or returned. In addition, until further notice, Coffee House Press will not accept unsolicited poetry submissions. Please check this web page periodically for future updates to this policy.” (Thanks to Duotrope for the heads-up on the reopened submission window.)
“‘Tales from the South’ radio show, in conjunction with William F. Laman Public Library and the 2011 Arkansas Literary festival, is looking for great true stories. Top three stories will receive $100 each, and writers will read their winning story on the internationally-syndicated radio show on Tuesday, April 12, 2011….” NB: “Writers must currently live in the South (currently limited to Arkansas, Texas, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Alabama) or be from the South originally.” For this call, they’re looking for literary memoirs connected to the following Jorge Luis Borges quotation: “Any life is made up of a single moment, the moment in which a man finds out, once and for all, who he is.” Download the full guidelines for this “Telling Tales: Writing Contest for the Arkansas Literary Festival” at the website. There is no entry fee, and the submission deadline is March 13, 2011. (via Femministas)
Opportunity for Vermont poets: “Governor Peter Shumlin and the Vermont Arts Council invite you to submit nominations for the appointment of a new Vermont Poet Laureate.” There is no fee involved to nominate/apply, and the position confers a $1,000 honorarium. Deadline: March 25, 2011. (via @LeneAGary)
News from the BBC National Short Story Award: Electronic submissions are being accepted for the first time, and the deadline has moved up to May 5. “The Award is one of the most prestigious for a single short story, with the winning author receiving £15,000.” No entry fee indicated. (via @TaniaHershman)
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.
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