Jewish Literary Links
Toward the end of each week, the My Machberet blog presents a collection of links, drawn primarily from the world of Jewish books and writing.
- “The purpose of the MFJC (Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture) Fellowship program is to assist well-qualified individuals in carrying out an independent scholarly, literary or art project, in a field of Jewish specialization, which makes a significant contribution to the understanding, preservation or transmission of Jewish culture. Please note that we do not fund conferences, gap years, or study tours.” Grant amounts do not appear to be posted on the site. Deadline (for eligibility intake form submission): October 14. (Cross-posted in The Practicing Writer 2.0.)
- Mark your calendar: Having secured sufficient funding, Jewish Futures: Science Fiction from the World’s Oldest Diaspora will be opening shortly for submissions for “a few more stories.” The anthology is being edited by Michael A. Burstein. “While stories can be optimistic, pessimistic, utopian, dystopian, or anywhere in between, being Jewish and Judaism itself ought to be portrayed in a positive light. We encourage stories set outside the United States and Israel, and stories that include non-Ashkenazi American Jews, as we want this to be more than just ‘What will American Jews look like in the future?'” Payment: “five cents a word (for a maximum total payment of $250).” Note that submissions will be received only between October 19, 2022 to December 18, 2022.
- LABA, “a non-religious house of study whose goal is to function as an international incubator for creativity and to push the boundaries of what Jewish art can be, and what Jewish texts can teach,” has issued a call for applications for its next cohort of fellows. “We are seeking NYC-based artists and culture-makers from any creative field: fellows have included choreographers, performers, curators, visual artists, bakers, directors, composers, writers, film-makers, clowns, comedians and fashion designers. We do not limit our categories: we encourage everyone from puppeteers and chefs to architects and tight-rope walkers to apply. No previous knowledge of Jewish texts is required for fellows, nor will previous knowledge of Jewish texts lessen one’s chances of becoming a fellow. What is required is a desire to study these texts in an intellectually rigorous, non-religious setting.” The next LABA theme will be “Taboo”; applications are due by October 26. Note that the fellowship confers “a $1200 study stipend, and a production stipend.” (Cross-posted on Practicing Writing; note that there is a Bay Area LABA organization, where the fellowship will focus on the same theme [but apparently offer a slightly lower $1000 stipend], with an application deadline of November 18.)
- Happening October 27: “Stronger Together: Combating Antisemitism Through Positive Jewish Role Models in KidLit.” Hosted by the Association of Jewish Libraries and featuring authors Chana Stiefel, Liza Wiemer, and Nancy Churnin, this online event is free and open to the public.
- “Every year, New Voices Magazine hosts an annual Jewish Student Media Conference in New York City.” The upcoming conference, “Gender Justice in Jewish Media,” will take place on October 30 . “This event is open to all Jewish mediamakers ages 18-24, or otherwise enrolled in an undergraduate, trade, or associates’ degree program.” Registration is $25. “Travel stipends, lodging opportunities, and registration scholarships are available. Interest in stipends, lodging, and scholarships can be indicated through the registration form and an organizer will get in touch with you after your form is submitted.”