New opportunity: “The John E. Nance Writer-in-Residence [Program] at Thurber House is dedicated, by his wife, Sally Crane, to the memory of the late photojournalist and author who was a critically acclaimed Associated Press photographer and journalist. AP Bureau Chief in the Philippines, Nance wrote The Gentle Tasaday about a primitive tribe in the Philippines as well as Lobo of the Tasaday, a Horn Book Award Honor Book. Nance was a Thurber House writer-in-residence twice, in 1995 and 1998. An annual residency of four weeks, the Writer-in-Residence program is designed to provide a writer with the gift of time to develop his/her work-in-progress. The residency is a two-bedroom apartment in the boyhood home of author and New Yorker cartoonist, James Thurber. Each year the residency will focus on a specific genre, the first for 2012 being nonfiction in honor of Nance’s field.” Open to U.S. citizens, 18 years of age or older, who have had a book published by a traditional publisher in the past three years or have a work under contract. Residency will take place in September-October 2012 and will offer a stipend of $4,000. Application deadline: March 15, 2012. No application fee.
From Ladies’ Home Journal: “For the first-ever LHJ Personal Essay Contest, we’re looking for first-person narratives of personal growth — a term you can interpret as broadly as you like. Whether you choose to write about a life lesson you learned the hard way or a challenge you managed (or perhaps failed) to meet, no topic is off-limits. And you could win $3,000 and have your essay published in LHJ.” Deadline: December 13, 2011. No entry fee indicated, BUT take note of these lines in the fine print: “By entering and/or providing the required registration information, you acknowledge that Sponsor may send you information, samples, or special offers it believes may be of interest to you about its publications or other complementary goods offered by Sponsor. Sponsor may also include your name and postal address in postal address lists that Sponsor sells or rents to third parties for marketing purposes….IF YOU DO NOT WISH TO SHARE YOUR INFORMATION, PLEASE DO NOT ENTER THIS PROMOTION.” (original emphasis)
Opportunity for emerging poets in the five boroughs of New York City: Four Way Books invites you to “consider submitting your first or second poetry collection to us through our new ‘It’s No Contest’ Program. We will read your manuscript with a mind to selecting it for publication until December 15, 2011. FWB editors hope to find one or more manuscripts to publish between fall 2012-2013.” No fee.
“Creative writers whose work in any genre reflects a keen awareness of the natural world and an appreciation for both scientific and literary ways of knowing are invited to apply for one-week residencies at the H.J.Andrews Experimental Forest [Ore.]. The mission of the Long-Term Ecological Reflections program is to bring together writers, humanists and scientists to create a living, growing record of how we understand the forest and the relation of people to the forest, as that understanding and that forest both change over time.” No application fee. Deadline: December 1, 2011 (received).
From Nanyang Technological University (Singapore): “The Division of English at NTU seeks to fill a tenure-track position in Creative Writing at the Assistant Professor level. Fiction, creative non-fiction, play-writing and screen-writing are areas of particular current interest. The Division of English at NTU is an academic department in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, which offers the B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. in literary studies. Students can minor in creative writing, and creative writing options are also available at postgraduate level.”
Erika Dreifus is a freelance writer and book publicist. She is also the editor and publisher of The Practicing Writer, a free (and popular) e-newsletter that features opportunities and resources 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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