Monday brings the weekly batch of no-fee, paying listings of competitions, contests, and calls for submissions—plus jobs for those of us who write (especially those of us who write fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction).
Quick reminder that you have about two weeks left to send work to Nashville Review for this submission window; they’re open to new fiction, poetry, and nonfiction throughout the month of January, with submissions in all other genres open year-round. Pays: “We pay $25 per poem & song selection; $100 per selection for all other categories, including featured artwork.”
The Wilbur Smith Adventure Writing Prize is an annual award for adventure writing that is open to those of any nationality writing in English. “This award is split into two separate categories – a prize for the best published adventure novel of the previous calendar year and a prize for the best unpublished adventure manuscript submitted for consideration. The winner of the prize for a published novel will receive £10,000. The winner of the prize for an unpublished manuscript will be offered the Writer’s Adventure Research Award. The award is an exceptional opportunity in the form of a £5,000 grant, enabling the winner to travel to undertake invaluable research for their next story. They will also be offered guidance from Wilbur’s literary agents at Tibor Jones & Associates.” No entry fees. Deadline: January 23, 2017. NB: Adventure writers 21 years of age and younger may want to look into the Author of Tomorrow Award from the same organization.
“The National Book Critics Circle is launching an NBCC Emerging Critics program that aspires to identify, nurture and support the development of a new generation of book critics. We are seeking a broad and diverse range of applicants. As we build an annual class of critics, we will be selecting those who have demonstrated a genuine interest and commitment to engaging in critical conversation about books in all genres.” There is no application fee. Although there is no stipend provided, the one-year fellowship covers membership dues in the NBCC, offers active mentorship/editing advice, and includes admission to NBCC events (including the annual ticketed reception). Deadline: January 27, 2017.
“Spirit First is pleased to announce its 8th Annual Meditation Poetry Contest. Poetry submissions may be of any length and any style but must have a theme of Meditation or Mindfulness. Poems may reflect any discipline, any faith, or none. Poems must be previously unpublished. Poems not on the themes of meditation, mindfulness, stillness, or sacred silence will not make it past the first round.” Prizes: $200/$150/$100 and publication. No entry fee. Deadline: January 31, 2017 (received).
Opportunity for emerging fiction writers in New York City to apply to the 2017 NYC Emerging Writers Program at the Center for Fiction. “This program is generously funded by a grant from the Jerome Foundation, matched by additional funds from individuals. We will be selecting nine writers in 2017.” The one-year fellowship includes a grant of $5,000, mentorship and networking opportunities, and a number of other benefits listed in the announcement. NB: “Applicants can be of any age, but must be in the early stages of their careers as fiction writers and will not have had the support needed to achieve major recognition for their work. We define ’emerging writer’ as someone who has not yet had a novel or short story collection published by either a major or independent publisher and who is also not currently under contract to a publisher for a work of fiction. Eligible applicants may have had stories or novel excerpts published in magazines, literary journals or online, but this is not a requirement.” No application fee. Deadline: February 15, 2017.
“The Tulsa Artist Fellowship continues to cultivate Tulsa’s arts community through the support of literary arts. National and local writers are invited to continue their practice within the Fellowship. The Tulsa Artist Fellowship will award up to 15 fellowship positions in the program to writers within various genres and in various stages of their creative practice. A number of positions will be reserved for Alaska Native, Native American, and Native Hawaiian writers. Fellowships are merit-based, not project grants, and will include an award of $20,000. Housing will also be provided to non-local artists. The position lasts for two years, with an option to renew for a third year.” Deadline: March 1, 2017. No application fee indicated. (via Anna Leahy)
“The PEN/Faulkner Foundation [Washington] seeks a dynamic and experienced leader to serve as Executive Director starting in the summer of 2017.”
“The University of Iowa Press is seeking to hire a Senior Acquisitions Editor (Writer/Editor PWM2) to guide the acquisitions list and editorial development of scholarly and trade books.”
Oxford University Press in New York is seeking “an enthusiastic and professional Social Media Manager who will help build our social presence to drive awareness, foster communities, and deepen relationships throughout the customer life-cycle. The successful candidate must be able to balance a varied work-load in a fast-paced environment. They will be responsible for managing core OUPAcademic social channels and providing support to various marketing teams for discipline-level channels.”
“The Liberal Arts Department at the Cleveland Institute of Art seeks an Assistant Professor of English and Creative Nonfiction to start in fall of 2017. We are particularly interested in writers who can connect their work to CIA’s visual art and design majors.”