Special call for ghost stories written by women. “An anonymous flesh and blood patron of the arts has offered a $100 prize for a ghost story written by a woman. Here is what she writes: “Ghosts are with us all year round and in this season of mists they call for particular attention. I leave the definition of ‘ghost story’ up to the author and look forward to the many embodiments and disembodiments of this theme. Preferred length 1000 to 3000 words, but stories of any length may be submitted.” One submission per author. NB: “Simultaneous submissions and previously published stories are okay, but please mention that in your submission. The winning story will be offered non-obligatory publication on the Glass Woman Prize page. There is no reading fee.” Deadline: November 18, 2011. (via Duotrope.com)
“Diamond Light Source is the UK national synchrotron facility – a 562m particle accelerator nestled in the Oxfordshire countryside. Diamond generates incredibly bright light from infra-red to X-rays and is used by thousands of scientists every year to study all kinds of materials, from artificial hips and samples of the Mary Rose to virus proteins and potential new fuel sources. To introduce Diamond to a wider audience we are running a short story competition, Light Reading. The rules are simple: we’re inviting you to submit a story of up to 3,000 words inspired by Diamond – the facility, the science and the people.” Cash prizes (£500/£300/£125). There is no entry fee. Deadline: November 30, 2011. NB: Check the guidelines carefully, and see as well the information on a complementary flash fiction competition. (via Pamelyn Casto’s Flash Fiction Flash Newsletter)
“The Hadassah-Brandeis Institute is pleased to announce the third annual competition to translate a book on a topic that deals in a significant way with Jews and gender. Applications will be accepted from both authors and/or translators, and are due by November 16, 2011. Decisions will be announced by February 16, 2012.” No application fee. Download guidelines here.
“The Department of Writing, Literature & Publishing at Emerson College [Mass.] seeks to fill the position of Department Chair, with the appointment at senior rank depending on experience and qualifications. The appointment begins August 15, 2012.”
“The English Department at The University of Texas at Austin wishes to appoint a distinguished senior scholar or creative writer to the J.R. Millikan Centennial Professorship in English Literature. All areas of specialization are open. Ph.D. or terminal degree in field preferred. Duties include undergraduate and graduate teaching, research, publication, and service. Salary will be commensurate with achievements.”
“The Jackson Center for Creative Writing at Hollins University [Va.] invites applications for an endowed distinguished professorship in creative writing to begin July 2012. This is a one-year, visiting, full-time, renewable position. The distinguished professor will teach a 2-2 load, including mixed-genre advanced seminars in creative writing, focused graduate tutorials, and graduate and undergraduate thesis direction. Additional responsibilities include full participation in the co-curricular and admission activities in support of Hollins’ MFA creative writing program. Qualified candidates should be accomplished fiction writers with several published books.”
“The English Department of Butler University in Indianapolis seeks to fill a full-time, tenure-track position in Creative Writing at the rank of Assistant Professor, beginning in Fall 2012. Primary qualifications in prose (fiction and/or nonfiction), with secondary qualifications desirable in one or more of the following: screenwriting, genre fiction, game design and narrative, digital literature and/or publishing, science/health/environmental writing for the public, graphic novel.”
Pittsburg State University (Kansas) seeks an Assistant Professor of English. “To teach four courses/semester: fiction writing, craft of fiction, introduction to creative writing, literature, and composition.”
West Chester University (Penn.) is advertising for a tenure-track assistant professor (creative writing-fiction). “There is a four course teaching responsibility per semester, with two courses per semester in general education writing.”
Griffith University (Australia) is looking for a Lecturer, Creative Writing and Literary Studies (poetry specialist).
“The Department of English at Sam Houston State University [Texas] invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of associate or assistant professor with a primary emphasis in creative writing poetry. A secondary emphasis in creative nonfiction is preferred. An MFA is required.”
From Francis Marion University (S.C.): “The Department of English, Modern Languages, and Philosophy is accepting applications for a tenure-track position of Assistant Professor.” What they’re looking for: “Writing specialist with interest in creative non-fiction and business/professional writing. Experience teaching first-year writing required.”
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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