The deadline is fast approaching (June 15) for the 2012 Fabri Literary Prize. From the Boaz Publishing website: “In 2006 Dr. Matthew McKay established the Fabri Literary Prize to honor the memory of Frances Fabri. A Holocaust survivor, Frances spearheaded efforts in the US to record survivor stories, creating the interviewing protocols that are used widely today. The Fabri Literary Prize recognizes the work of aspiring novelists by providing funds directly to authors, by publishing their novels in attractive trade editions, and by publicizing their work to literary reviewers, librarians, and booksellers. The 2012 prizewinner will receive a publishing contract with a $7,500 advance and a $5,000 marketing budget. The winning novel will be published in the Spring of 2013 in a hardcover or trade paperback edition by Counterpoint/Softskull Press and distributed to the book trade by Publishers Group West. The contest is open to American novelists. Submitted manuscripts must be unpublished and written for educated adults with broad interests. Excluded from consideration are books for children or young adults and books that are focused on the religious market.” No entry fee.
The 2012 Esquire and Aspen Writers Foundation Short Short Fiction Contest is now open for submissions! Stories should run no longer than 79 words. “Top ten finalists will receive reimbursement for up to $500 from Aspen Writer’s Foundation for a roundtrip economy plane ticket to New York City from anywhere in the 50 United States, District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Canada, reimbursement for up to $500 for two nights lodging in New York City to be provided by Aspen Writer’s Foundation, two hour workshop with Colum McCann, and an invitation to a party with top literary luminaries hosted by Esquire and the Aspen Writers’ Foundation all at a total estimated value of $2,000/person. From the finalists, one finalist will be chosen as winner of a scholarship to 2013 Aspen Summer Words fiction workshop, 5 nights lodging in Aspen (booked by the Aspen Writers’ Foundation), and reimbursement for up to $500 from Aspen Writer’s Foundation for a roundtrip economy ticket to Aspen from anywhere in the 50 United States, District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Canada, and will have his/her entry published by Esquire either in the magazine or online at esquire.com.” No entry fee. Deadline: September 1, 2012.
If you’re in the Boston area (or can get there easily), you may be interested in this opportunity from the Boston Book Festival: “Would you like a chance to curate a session at the Boston Book Festival on October 27, 2012? We are making two one-hour slots available to outside groups/individuals who can introduce fresh voices and new ideas to the BBF. Be creative! The session can involve a workshop, literary improv, dramatic readings, literary games, etc. You will be responsible for running your session, i.e., gathering your participants, beginning and ending on time, and covering any expenses (beyond room rental and basic A/V) for the session. We will publicize your session on our website and in our Program Guide, and we will ask you to publicize it as well.” No application fee. Deadline: July 15, 2012.
“The University of Baltimore’s School of Communications Design seeks a published creative writer for a half-time contractual position beginning in August 2012 (contingent on final budgetary approval). Responsibilities include teaching two courses per semester at the undergraduate and graduate levels, as well as participating in curriculum development. Applicants should possess an appropriate graduate degree, a substantive record of publications, and college-level teaching experience. The ability to teach literature, as well as writing, will be a plus. Teaching responsibilities will focus on helping students develop and improve their writing, and understand and seek publication opportunities.”
Community-Word Project (CWP) seeks Teaching Artists in New York City: “CWP is a community of artists dedicated to bringing high-quality arts programming to NYC public schools. We are accepting applications from creative writers, theater artists, dancers, musicians/drummers, photographers/filmmakers, and other visual and multi-media artists with at least 2+ years of teaching artist experience.” NB: “Poets and photographers are strongly encouraged to apply Applicants with an ability to teach in Spanish are strongly encouraged to apply.” Pays: $50-$75/hour.
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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