From Mslexia: “We’re looking for guest bloggers for the Mslexia blog. Are you working on an interesting short-term writing project or in a key role in publishing? Perhaps you’re researching your novel or finalising your first poetry collection; freelancing as a journalist or reading submissions at a literary agency? We’re opening out our blog to a limited number of women writers with something interesting to say about the writing process, writing projects they’re involved in, the publishing industry, their particularly inspiring journey on the rocky road to publication or anything writing-related that other authors, published or not, will be inspired by.” Deadline to be considered as a blogger for a three-month “residency” starting April-June 2012 is April 16. Pays: “£100 for a three-month guest blog.”
Short-story contest from The Abstract Quill. Cash prizes ($100 and $25) plus publication to the first- and second-prize winners. Payments will be made via Paypal. No entry fees indicated. Deadline: May 15, 2012. (via NewPages.com)
“2012 is the 200th anniversary of the uprising by Luddite machine breakers, which inspired great poetry by Byron, Shelley and others. The defeat of the Luddites by thousands of soldiers led to two centuries of industrialism. Its ugliness and beauty, its wealth and its poverty have all been inspiration for truly brilliant pieces. Now we live in a world dominated by science and technology, but on the brink of environmental disaster. What do the Luddites and their mythical leader, General Ned Ludd mean to you?/Luddites 200 is launching a poetry competition, with prizes to be awarded by Andy Croft at our festival in Huddersfield on April 28th/29th. Poems can be in any style, with a maximum length of 40 lines.” First-prize poems in both categories (under 16 and over 16) will be awarded £40 each. “There will be second and third prizes of books and/or merchandise, to be confirmed on the day. There is no entry fee, but we would appreciate donations to cover the costs of running our festival.” Deadline: April 14, 2012.
Have you seen the latest issue of The Practicing Writer yet? It’s filled with additional no-fee competitions and paying submission calls.
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“Holy Family University, a comprehensive Catholic institution in Philadelphia, PA., invites applications for a full-time Assistant Professor of Writing, beginning August 2012.The position requires teaching in the university’s first-year, undergraduate writing program, as well as courses in composition and, contingent upon availability, creative writing. The ideal candidate will have specialization and teaching experience in these areas, along with a track record of related research and publication. Candidates should have a commitment to support the mission of Holy Family University and possess excellent teaching skills, an active scholarly agenda and a willingness to participate in student advising and campus service. A Ph.D. in English or Composition/Rhetoric is required. Candidates with an MFA in Creative Writing (Fiction) will also be considered.
Stillman College (Ala.) is looking for an Assistant Professor of English: “Minimum Requirements: Ph.D. in English. Academic experience in composition and/or technical writing is highly desirable. Applicants who have background and interest in composition and rhetoric, technical and professional communication, and/or African American literature are encouraged to apply. Instructional Duties: Teach English composition courses as well as upper level courses of English such as technical writing, creative writing, and/or special topics literature (i.e., Chaucer, Shakespeare, modern Black fiction, 20th century literature, African literature, and Caribbean literature).”
The Sun (Chapel Hill, N.C.) is looking for a Managing Editor, Chicago magazine seeks a Senior Editor to handle culture coverage, and National Geographic Society (Washington) invites applications for an Assistant Editor position (looks as though this job focuses on NG Kids and NG Little Kids magazines).
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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