Brevity has announced an unusual contest, linked to the publication of A Field Guide for Immersion Writing: Memoir, Journalism, and Travel (by Robin Hemley). “For centuries writers have used participatory experience as a lens through which to better see the world at large and as a means of exploring the self. Immersion writing encompasses Immersion Memoir (in which the writer uses participatory experience to write about the Self), Immersion Journalism (in which the writer uses the Self to write about the world), and Travel Writing (a bit of both: the writer in the world and the world in the writer). Types of immersion writing within these broad categories include: the Reenactment, the Experiment, the Quest, the Investigation, and the Infiltration. Immersion, by the way, is defined as involvement in something that completely occupies all the time, energy, or concentration available. So, choose one of the immersion modes and knock yourself out, except that we are only allowing you 500 words.” Prizes: “First prize is a copy of A Field Guide for Immersion Writing: Memoir, Journalism, and Travel and $50, second prize is a signed copy of the immersive The Accidental Buddhist, and third prize is a showercap. All three winners will be published on the Brevity blog.” No entry fee. Deadline: May 11, 2012.
Attention, New England writers! Level Best Books is taking submissions for its tenth anthology, Best New England Crime Stories 2013: Blood Moon. Deadline: April 30, 2012. Pays: “Authors whose work is selected receive $25 and one free copy of the anthology.”
Earthworks Prize for Indigenous Poetry: “The Kenyon Review, in partnership with Salt Publishing, UK, and the award-winning Earthworks Book Series, announces a competition for a first or second collection of poems by an Indigenous writer. The winning volume will be published by Salt, and the winning poet will give a reading at Kenyon College and receive a $1,000 honorarium.” No entry fee indicated. Submissions during the month of August 2012.
Paying editorial internship with The Root, “the leading online source of news and commentary from an African-American perspective”: “The Root has openings for summer editorial interns. Duties include but are not limited to: Writing, article and photo research, online comment moderation, social media posting and curating, preparing content for publication, answering phones, answering emails, and podcast production. The internship pays $10 per hour.”
Utica College (N.Y.) is looking for: “One-year assistant professor starting August 2012 with the possibility of renewal. Applicants should have expertise in creative nonfiction. Candidate will teach a minimum 4 course load per semester, including two sections of freshman composition, and one section of literature every semester, and a multi-genre beginning creative writing course and a course in creative nonfiction in alternating semesters.”
“The Delaware College of Art and Design (http://www.dcad.edu) is accepting applications for adjunct faculty to teach Writing and Literature. Fall semester begins on August 27, 2012. Teaching assignments may be possible for subsequent semesters, depending upon enrollment. Master’s degree required.
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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