There’s an early deadline in place for submissions for Contrary Magazine‘s fall issue. Get your work in to this “journal of unpopular discontent” by August 1! Pays: “For original commentary, fiction, and poetry, Contrary Magazine pays $20 per author per issue, regardless of the number of works or nature of the submission. Reviews and Contrary Blog posts are usually unpaid. Domestic payments are made by check or Paypal. International payments will only be sent through Paypal.”
“The Zócalo Public Square Poetry Prize is awarded annually to the U.S. poet whose poem best evokes a connection to place. ‘Place’ may be interpreted by the poet as a place of historical, cultural, political or personal importance; it may be a literal, imaginary or metaphorical landscape. We are looking for one poem that offers our readers a fresh, original and meaningful take on the topic.” Prize: $1,000 and publication. No entry fee indicated. Submissions: September 5 – November 5, 2011. (hat tip: Anna Leahy)
The ArLiJo Poetry Award competition is limited to entrants who live or work in the Mid-Atlantic region, defined as Virginia, West Virginia, D.C., Maryland, Delaware, or Pennsylvania. Prize includes publication and a $100 honorarium if the winning poet attends a celebratory reading on Sunday, October 23 and reads his/her poem. No entry fee indicated. Deadline: September 30, 2011. (via MagnaPoets)
“Month at the Museum™ is back! The Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago (MSI) is once again searching for a roommate to live in the Museum for a month, experience the adventure of a lifetime–and take home $10,000.” Reporting on one’s adventure is part of the gig: “We’re looking for a good communicator. Excellent writing skills are a must. Having some experience with speaking in public, media interviews and blogging would be ideal. An outgoing nature will help when you’re interacting with our guests and making public appearances. For your reporting via blog, Twitter and online video, it’s also a plus to possess some Web savvy and photography skills.” No application fee indicated. Deadline: July 22, 2011 (received). (hat tip to @LisaRomeo)
Attention, writers in Washington State: “The Arts Innovator Award is an unrestricted award of $25,000 given annually to two Washington State generative artists of all disciplines who are originating new work, experimenting with new ideas, taking risks and pushing the boundaries in their respective fields. The award recognizes artists who demonstrate innovation in their art practice.” In addition, “two artists will be selected to receive Arts Innovator Special Recognition Awards of $2,500 each.” No entry fee indicated. Deadline: July 25, 2011. (via WomenArts)
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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