From Sage Cohen: “Would you love to take the Poetry for the People Level 1 or Level 2 class starting in January but can’t afford it? Then you qualify for The Poetry for the People Scholarship. And the time to apply is now….I’ll be accepting applications for the Poetry for the People Scholarship from Thursday, December 16 through Friday, December 31. The scholarship recipient for each class will be chosen based on the following criteria: demonstrated past effort, need, and enthusiasm as determined by Sage Cohen.” There is no entry fee, and each scholarship (one for the Level 1 class and one for Level 2) is a full scholarship. (I’ve taken both of these classes, and I can attest that they’re fabulous.)
A forthcoming Madonna anthology seeks submissions from women writers: “I’m looking for sharp women-authored nonfiction essay submissions for a new anthology (to be published by Soft Skull Press in winter 2012) about our favorite freaky feminist singer/artist/’Sex’-er/mother/material girl: Madonna. She’s been such a powerful, iconic cultural figure for the past 27 years (!). For women and girls in America, it’s almost impossible not have been influenced, in some way, by her media presence. I want to hear how Madonna has changed your life. Love her or hate her, you probably have an opinion. Whether you think she’s a genius marketing maven, a pioneering feminist businesswoman or little more than a very rich stripper, I want to hear your perspectives. How did her work affect your feelings, your mindset, your sexuality, your ambitions? How did seeing her videos on MTV change the way you thought about growing up female? How did your parents react when they heard you singing the lyrics to ‘Like a Virgin’ at the dinner table? What was it like the first time you saw her perform live? What about her pisses you off to no end? I don’t care if you love her or loathe her. Just own a strong point of view, and write your essay in an honest, thoughtful, engaging fashion. Having a very specific, unique, or unexpected angle is a plus!” Pays: “a small stipend ($TBD) upon publication” and two copies. Deadline: February 15, 2011. (via Susan Johnston’s UrbanMuseWriter Twitter feed)
From Holland Park Press (U.K.): “To celebrate the release of Arnold Jansen op de Haar’s King of Tuzla, Holland Park Press is holding a short story writing competition, because often fiction describes reality more truthfully than an item on the evening news. The task: You are asked to write a short story set in a conflict zone. The story should not contain more than one thousand words.The story can take place anywhere in the world and be set in the past or present but not in the future.” Prize: £100 and online publication. No entry fee. Deadline: December 31, 2010. (via WinningWriters.com)
“The Creative Writing Program of the Department of English at the University of Arizona invites applications and nominations for a tenure-eligible advanced assistant professor or tenured associate professor in creative nonfiction/environmental writing, to start August 2011.We seek an outstanding writer with significant publications and demonstrated excellence as a teacher to work with students at the graduate and undergraduate level in the creative writing program and in other English programs such as Literature or Rhetoric, Composition, and the Teaching of English, if appropriate. Publications must include at least one book from a reputable press. A secondary expertise in poetry or fiction is also welcome, but not required.”
Rhode Island College is looking for an Assistant Professor of English (Creative Writing-Fiction) (click “Faculty Positions”). Prefers “some college teaching experience; subfield in literary nonfiction and/or young adult creative writing” as well as “experience supervising the production of an undergraduate literary journal; willingness eventually to play a significant role in program promotion and administration.”
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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