From Creative Nonfiction: “We are currently seeking experimental nonfiction for our ‘Pushing the Boundaries’ section (‘experimental,’ ‘boundaries,’ yes, these can be loaded terms). We want writing that blows our minds with its ingenuity, essays that not only push the boundaries of the genre, but tear down the borders. Be ambitious and send us work like we’ve never seen before. As always, there’s only on stipulation–the pieces must be true.” Deadline is June 13, 2011. Pays: “We typically pay $10 per printed page.”
Although the submission season at Colorado Review has closed for fiction and poetry, the journal is now considering nonfiction year-round. “It’s not that we don’t love fiction and poetry—we do!—but we just don’t get enough nonfiction. Between August 2010 and today, 54.74% of the online submissions have been fiction, 33.06% poetry, and just 12.20% nonfiction.” You can also choose to submit via an electronic submissions manager, but that will cost you $3. (You can continue to submit via postal mail, too, without a fee.) Pays: “Colorado Review pays $25 or $5 per printed page (whichever is greater). Authors also receive two copies of the issue in which they are published and a one-year subscription to CR.” (Hat tip to CRWROPPS-B for the news about the nonfiction change.)
And still more nonfiction news: Last week, the Internet was abuzz with news of the Hilary Weston Prize, what is now Canada’s largest award for nonfiction. “A prize of $60,000 will be awarded to a literary nonfiction book that in the opinion of the judges is the year’s best book of nonfiction. The judges will shortlist between three and five titles. Prizes of $5,000 will be awarded to each of the finalists.” There appears to be no application fee, and the deadlines vary depending on a book’s publication date.
Assistant Professor in Creative Writing/Fiction position available at American University (Washington): “One-year temporary position 2011-2012. Specialization: Fiction (at least one book) with some publications in Creative Nonfiction (Memoir, Literary Journalism).”
“The English Department at Rhodes College [Tenn.] seeks a Poet for a visiting position starting August 2011. Successful candidates should have an M.F.A. as well as a clear record of teaching excellence. Initial appointment will be for one year, with the possibility of renewal for a second. Secondary expertise in teaching fiction writing, screenwriting, or dramatic writing is desirable.”
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