From Witness: “The 2011-12 Witness submission season, which runs September 1 to December 1 for general work and January 1 to April 1 for thematic work, has begun. Writers interested in submitting work to Witness can learn more about the process here.” Note that the thematic issue will focus on “Redemption.” Pays: “Witness pays $25 for every 1,500 words of prose and $25 per poem, for both print and online work.”
From Max Perry Mueller, Associate Editor, Religion & Politics: “Recruiting emerging and established scholars and journalists of religion to write magazine-length stories on religion and politics as well as book reviews for new, online weekly journal (university center based) set to launch in early Winter, 2012. Authors work with editors on story planning and editing. Authors are compensated per article/review.” See the announcement on H-Net.org.
“The New York Mills Regional Cultural Center Arts Retreat program is now accepting new applications for artists’ retreats. The application deadline is October 1, for retreats from January-June, 2012….Artists from all performance or visual media will be considered for a retreat. The selection committee awards retreats to artists based on merit and plan of work during the retreat period. The retreat program provides stays of two to six weeks for artists at no cost for room. Each artist provides her or his own transportation and board. There is no stipend.” No application fee.
Towson University (Baltimore) is looking for a tenure-track Assistant Professor (Poetry): “Candidates must possess a demonstrated commitment to teaching and evidence of a promising research or creative agenda, manifested by at least one book or significant other publication. Three-course load each semester for initial three-year appointment; load afterwards determined by balance of responsibilities. M.F.A. or Ph.D. in appropriate discipline must be conferred by time of appointment.”
“The Department of English at Coastal Carolina University [S.C.] invites applications for a tenure-track position as Assistant Professor of English to join our growing creative writing program. The department seeks an experienced instructor with a creative writing background to teach courses in his or her specialty (poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction), introductory creative writing, first-year composition, and graduate-level classes in the M.A. in Writing program. The new hire will also have the opportunity to work on Waccamaw, the department’s award-winning literary journal.”
The University of Wisconsin-River Falls seeks an “Assistant Professor in Creative Writing, beginning August 2012, to teach in the Department of English, which has an English-Creative Writing Emphasis major with more than 80 majors and minors in the program. We are looking for an accomplished writer with a strong commitment to undergraduate teaching, publications in one creative writing genre-preferably fiction-and the ability to teach in at least one other genre. Further teaching responsibilities include teaching composition and literature courses and designing writing, cultural, or humanities courses to fit specific goals in the General Education program. Second field is open, dependent upon the applicant’s areas of expertise.”
Siena College (N.Y.) is advertising for an assistant professorship (fiction/nonfiction writing): “The Department of English at Siena College seeks applicants for a tenure track position in Fiction/Nonfiction Writing, beginning September 2012. MFA, Ph.D. or terminal degree required. Expertise in composition and literature preferred, as is previous teaching experience. Course responsibilities will include Writing Short Fiction, Introduction to Writing, Advanced Writing, Literary Perspectives, and other writing and literature courses. Teaching load is 3 classes per semester with the expectation of creative or scholarly activity.
Bradley University (Ill.) seeks an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing-Fiction: “Candidates must have M.F.A. or Ph.D. in Creative Writing – Fiction in hand by August 15, 2012. Experience teaching college-level fiction workshop is required as is experience teaching college-level composition. The ideal candidate would also possess college-level teaching experience in Creative Nonfiction. In addition, candidates must demonstrate ability to teach general education literature courses within the Department’s standard 3-course load. Significant journal publication of fiction is required. Fiction book publication is preferred. Creative nonfiction publication is also preferred. Candidates must be legally eligible to work in the United States.”
Columbia College (Mo.) “seeks candidates for a full-time, tenure-track Assistant/Associate faculty position in English beginning in the Fall of 2012. The successful candidate will have a strong background in both English literature and creative writing. While we seek a generalist, the department is already well-served in Medieval and Renaissance as well as Creative Non-Fiction. Qualified candidates will have an earned Doctorate in English in hand at time of appointment. Experience teaching English composition literature and creative writing. Typical teaching load is 12 hours per semester with at least half in Freshmen level composition.”
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology seeks a Communications Officer, the American Dental Association (Chicago) is looking for a Senior Editor, and the Nature Conservancy (Arlington, Va.) invites applications for a Writer/Editor position.
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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