Monday brings the weekly batch of no-fee competitions/contests, paying submission calls, and jobs for those of us who write (especially those of us who write fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction).
Spark: A Creative Anthology, has announced its latest contest: “The theme for this contest has several lofty terms: self-reflection, introspection, epiphany. We’ve chosen a simpler way to describe it: “You Are Here”….For this contest, present a story where the main character or characters not only go through growth and development, as is appropriate for a good story arc, but are aware by the end of the piece that they’ve changed.” No fee required. Prize packages include cash awards (and more). Note that despite the reference to “stories,” poetry is also welcome. Deadline: July 1.
”The Stone Court Writer-In-Residence [program] has a number of aspects. First, it is designed to provide emerging writers the freedom, time and material support to concentrate on their creative work. Second, it is focused on bringing to the Berkshire Hills in Western Massachusetts young writers who represent diverse American voices, particularly those from other regions of the United States. Finally, it is structured to permit the writer to contribute to the community by leading a creative writing ‘master class’ at a local independent high school and offering at least one community reading of his/her work.” Two 8-12 week residencies will be offered, one starting in September and one starting in February. “The residency includes a small one bedroom apartment in Stockbridge, Mass. The apartment is on the second floor (walkup) of a quiet colonial building listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Stockbridge, Mass. is in western Massachusetts approximately two hours west of Boston and two and one-half hours north of New York City.” Residents receive a stipend ($250/week) plus lodging and utilities. “Residents are responsible for their own transportation and meals. The stipend will be $250 per week for the length of the residency.” NB: “Over time, the program hopes to attract young writers from a variety of regions of the U.S. For the Fall 2014 and Spring 2015 residency, preference will be given to those writers bringing a distinctive Southern voice to their work. The program is open to those who are pursuing or have completed a graduate degree in creative writing or who have completed an undergraduate creative writing degree in the last five years.” Also note that the application guidelines ask for a writing sample “of a chapter of a novel or work in progress, or a short story,” which suggests a focus on fiction writing. No application fee. Deadline: July 24.
Received via email from Brian Scott: “We’ve been publishing new articles at http://www.freelancewriting.com/articles/articles-new.php over the last year….We are accepting more nonfiction (how-to) articles on the business and craft of freelance writing. This also includes topics on how-to write fiction and poetry. Word length is between 700 and 1,200 words. We pay an honorarium of $25 on acceptance. We work with both emerging and seasoned writers.” Guidelines.
And from WritersWeekly.com: “We’re out of features! We pay $60 on acceptance for features, non-exclusive electronic rights only. Features run around 600 words but we’re very flexible.” Guidelines.
From the University of Louisville: “The Department of English invites applications for a Visiting Assistant Professor position in Creative Writing: Fiction to begin Fall 2014. The position is for one year with the possibility of renewal for a further year.”
GOOD magazine appears to have several jobs open in Los Angeles.
From the Center for Book Arts in New York: “We are currently seeking a part-time Marketing Assistant to help us to boost our earned income, raise our profile, and spread the word about our programs. This is a temporary, part-time, grant-funded position for two years with the possibility for growth to permanent.”