“Inspired by the July publication of Microstyle: The Art of Writing Little, Gotham is pleased to present a Microstyle Writing Contest.” The book’s author, Chris Johnson, will serve as finalist judge. Prize package includes a 10-week Gotham Writing Workshop, a $50 Barnes & Noble Gift Card, a one-year subscription to The Writer (the September issue of which includes my review of Microstyle), and a copy of the book. Deadline: September 15, 2011. No entry fee.
“The theme of the next issue of Vestal Review is a twist on classic fairy tales. Please submit a flash fiction story (500 words or less) about the yet unheard adventures of Red Riding Hood, Cinderella, Rapunzel, Jack and the Beanstalk, Snow White or any other well-known fairy tale character. Interpret the theme broadly and imaginatively, but incline toward a literary story. Please state the source tale’s name before the title. No more than two submissions per author, as usual. Submit between August 1 and November 30, 2011.” Pays (rates vary depending on story length; “stories of great merit receive up to $25 flat fee; 3 cents a word is a minimum pay in any case”). (via Pam Casto’s Flash Fiction Flash Newsletter)
“Cintas Fellowships acknowledge creative accomplishments and encourage excellence in architecture, literature, music composition and the visual arts. Eligibility is limited to artists of Cuban citizenship or direct descent (having a Cuban parent or grandparent)….Fellowships are awarded annually in the amount of $10,000 each and are paid in quarterly stipends, beginning in September, for twelve consecutive months.” Applications from creative writers are welcome in 2011. Deadline: August 29, 2011 (received). No application fee indicated.
“The International Day of the Disappeared (30 August) commemorates people who have gone missing throughout the world in situations of violence and armed conflict. It is a reminder of the hundreds of thousands of families who are unaware of the fate of their loved ones, and organisations like the Red Cross who work to restore family contact between separated family members.Give your voice to the thousands of missing people throughout the world by entering our creative writing competition….Your writing should be based on the theme of ‘the disappeared’. It should fit onto one side of A4 paper. So this could be poetry, prose, a comic strip, a short story, an excerpt from your diary, a song… anything at all that you can write on the chosen theme.” Prizes: “The winning entry will receive a £50 cash prize and a £50 national book voucher. A compendium of the top entries will be compiled and published for International Day of the Disappeared 2012. All authors of published entries will receive a free copy.” No entry fee. Deadline: August 30, 2011.
Visiting position: “The English Department at Ohio University seeks an assistant professor of Creative Writing-Fiction for a one-year term. Faculty will be expected to teach 7 courses per year on a quarter system. No expectations for service. Position begins September 6, 2011.”
US Lacrosse (Baltimore) is looking for an Editor for Lacrosse Magazine Online, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts (New York) seeks a Digital Content Editor, and Harvard University Press (Mass.) is advertising for a Senior Publicist.
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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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