“The Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award brings together talented writers, reviewers, and publishing experts to find and develop new voices in fiction. The 2012 international contest will award two grand prizes: one for General Fiction and one for Young Adult Fiction. Each winner will receive a publishing contract with Penguin, which includes a $15,000 advance.” No entry fee. Deadline: February 5, 2012.
The Flatt Prize for Literature welcomes submissions of short stories (no longer than 3,000 words). “The theme for the short story is to be inspired by the title ‘INTERRUPTED’.” $1,000 prize. No entry fee. Deadline: February 29, 2012.
Lilith magazine, which describes itself as “independent, Jewish & frankly feminist,” has extended the deadlines for its annual poetry and fiction contests. No entry fees; cash prizes plus publication.
Poetry competition for Michigan college students seeks poems “that strive to define Michigan by looking at its history and roots, its contemporary culture, and all the dreams for its future.” Prizes of $250 and $150 will be awarded to two winning poems, which will be featured in a nature walk featuring sculpture and poetry. No entry fee. Deadline: April 30, 2012.
“Green College at the University of British Columbia invites applications from Canadian writers normally resident outside the Lower Mainland of BC, for the position of Canada Council Writer-in-Residence at the College. The term of the residency will be three months within the period between September 1 and December 15, 2012, subject to funding approval.” Applications are due February 1, 2012. No application fee.
“Quinnipiac University [Conn.] invites applications for an Assistant Professor position beginning in Fall 2012. This is a full-time, non-tenure track renewable term appointment in creative writing with a specialization in poetry. Applicants must have an MFA or Ph.D. in creative writing completed by August 2012. We seek candidates with a demonstrated commitment to undergraduate teaching and an established publishing history. Preference will be given to candidates with experience in both traditional and innovative forms, including multidisciplinary, multimedia, and digital approaches to poetry.
RT Book Reviews Magazine is looking for a Magazine Editor/Writer. From the MediaBistro.com listing (you need a [free] account to access the listings): “Nationally distributed consumer book review magazine is seeking a true book lover who is a professional editor with at least three years of writing, interviewing and editing experience. No literary snobs please! We cover all forms of women’s genre fiction (romance, young adult and womens mystery, sci-fi and fantasy etc.).”
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).
For nearly seven years, subscribers have welcomed The Practicing Writer, a free monthly e-newsletter that helps fiction writers, poets, and writers of creative nonfiction with their craft and business. Always listing paying publication opportunities, always announcing contests and other opportunities that don’t charge entry/application fees. Click here [HYPERLINK TO http://www.erikadreifus.com/newsletter/ ) to learn more, click here [HYPERLINK TO http://www.erikadreifus.com/newsletter/current/) to read the latest issue online, or go ahead and subscribe right now (and get a free writing-contest guide!).