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- “Bellevue Literary Press will accept narrative nonfiction submissions only” until December 15. (HT Entropy’s Where to Submit list)
- Shenandoah is accepting poetry submissions until December 15. “We will also accept submissions in the same window for the GRAYBEAL-GOWEN PRIZE FOR VIRGINIA POETS, which was established to honor the memory of Washington and Lee graduate and lover of poetry, Howerton Gowen. Poets living in or born in Virginia, as well as those with long-term residency in the past, are eligible.” NB: “Our submission manager accepts only 800 submissions per month as that is all we can reasonably handle. If submissions are not being accepted during the windows noted, it’s because we’ve already reached 800 for that month.” Pays: $100/poem for contributors; $1,000 for the Graybeal-Gowen Prize.
- Also with a December 15 deadline: “The Wick Poetry Center is now accepting poetry submissions as part of the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the May 4 shootings. The poems should resonate with the themes of peace, conflict transformation, and student advocacy. We are accepting submissions in three categories: youth (K-12), adult student, or adult non-student. Poet, songwriter, and novelist, Naomi Shihab Nye, will select one winner from each category who will receive $500 and a possibility to read their poems at Kent State during the May 4 Music and Poetry Event on April 21. Two poets will receive honorable mention prizes for $250 and a possibility to read their poems at Kent State during the April 21 event. All winners will have their poems set to a musical composition by students in the Kent State University School of Music.”
- And still another December 15 deadline: “Kissing Dynamite seeks poetry microchap manuscripts for print publication in April 2020. We’re happy to consider a diverse range of poetic styles and themes, so send us work that represents you! We are committed to publishing two titles from this round of submissions and will publish up to four if finances at the time allow us to do so.” Payment: “Authors will receive $50 USD and 10 complimentary copies of the microchap. Additional copies are available to authors at the cost of printing.” (HT again to Entropy’s Where to Submit list)
- Ploughshares is currently accepting applications for regular contributors to its blog. “Applications are due December 16, 2019 at 9:00am EST.” Payment: “Regular contributions are approximately 1,300 words each; regular contributors are paid $20 per contribution.” (HT @Karen_E_Bender)
- “The Forward is seeking one or more beginning journalists passionate about digital and audience — and the Jewish world — for paid internships reporting and writing news items. The interns will work up to 29 hours a week for $15 an hour. The initial term is 10 weeks but the internship may be extended for up to a year. We accept rolling applications for this position, but are currently seeking a candidate to start immediately.”
- “For the third year in a row, the Studios at MASS MoCA invites artists in Puerto Rico to apply for fully-funded 4-week residencies (along with one slot that’s specifically available for an artist with children under 18 to be invited for a shorter 2-week residency with extra funding for childcare or related costs while they’re away from home). The normal residency fee will be waived, and additional support will be provided for travel and meals.” Deadline: January 8, 2020.
- “The newly created Artist-in-Residence Program at SUNY Oswego brings an artist to campus for one academic semester (applicant’s choice of Fall or Spring) to produce a body of work, teach in the area of their specialty, and to conduct research. The resident artist is given the opportunity to pursue research and/or realize a specific project while drawing on the College’s resources, including its facilities, faculty and student body, practice and performance space, libraries and collections.” NB: “The selected Artist-in-Residence will receive on campus housing (single occupancy), use of campus facilities and studios, and an honorarium of $5,000 in addition to adjunct pay, if applicable. Expenses associated with the final public performance or exhibition will also be covered by this program.” Apply by February 29, 2020.
- New England College is looking for online adjuncts “for graduate program in Professional Writing. Course topics include brand development, digital portfolios/platforms, editing and publishing, business and technical writing, new media, public relations, creative nonfiction, and communication theory.”