Call for Submissions: "Works of Witness"

For an upcoming special section, Hayden’s Ferry Review, a literary journal based at Arizona State University, is looking for poetry, fiction, essays, and visual art “that explore social and political injustice on any scale, give a voice to the voiceless, raise a call for awareness and act as a catalyst for change.”

The journal’s editors read year-round. Payment is $25/page (maximum of $100), plus two copies of the magazine and a one-year gift subscription. Submission deadline for this special section: July 30, 2006. Full guidelines are available here.

Attention, translators!

A new poetry anthology, to be edited by Jan Greenberg and published by Harry N. Abrams, Inc., is looking for English-language translators working with published international poets who would write a poem inspired by a work of art. “The poems in their original language will be published side by side with their translations, along with the artwork. Artworks can be from any period in that country’s history, but they must be in a museum collection.”

Poems/images “must be appropriate for young readers ages ten and above. The poem should be no more than fourteen lines and not previously published in the United States.” Submission deadline: September 15, 2006. Selected work will receive honoraria of US$100 ($100 per poem and $100 per translation). Full information about this call can be found here.

Call for Submissions: Family Adventures

Yet another call for essays I’ve learned about from This time the announcement is for a new anthology (prospective publisher: Travelers’ Tales) called Wild with Child: Adventures of Families in the Field. Editor Jennifer Bové seeks tales of “roughing it” in the outdoors with kids. “Parents, guardians, friends, educators, and counselors are encouraged to submit lively, engaging essays and anecdotes about outdoor adventures with kids of all ages (from pregnancy to teen). Whether working or playing your expedition qualifies.” She’s looking for pieces “that read like good fiction and reveal something about the bonds we form with children when we strike out into open spaces.” International submissions are encouraged, and the announcement specifies that both men and women are welcome to submit.

You can submit up to 2 stories, no longer than 2,500 words each. Previously published work may be submitted if you retain the copyright. $100 honorarium will be paid for one-time publication rights. Submission deadline: July 1, 2006.

For more information and additional submission instructions, check Bové’s blog.

Arranging a Poetry Collection

If you’re a poet, short story writer, or essayist, you’ve probably spent some time (and maybe a lot of time) thinking about ways to structure a collection. In the April Writer’s Digest, Paola Corso offers some tips on how poets can go about this. And the article is available online, too.

Win a Trip with Nick Kristof

Aspiring journalists will want to look into this contest from The New York Times. Open to current undergraduate or graduate students (including those who will graduate in June), who are at least 18 years of age or older, and who are enrolled in an American college or university, it offers an expenses-paid trip to the developing world with Pulitzer Prize winner Nick Kristof, Op-Ed and TimesSelect columnist.

Grand prize package includes a $1,000 stipend, a round-trip airplane ticket, all trip-related meals, lodging and transportation, plus the chance to submit for possible publication a regular report in the TimesSelect section of and in the New York Times newspaper. There’s NO FEE to apply. The application deadline is April 12.

Application includes a 700-word essay explaining “why you would like to go on a reporting trip to the developing world with Nick Kristof and what in your background is relevant, along with your completed application, names of at least two references (at least one of whom is a faculty member) and any supporting documentation including writing samples and photographs.” Finalists will have to mail their official transcripts to the contest partner’s address. Note: submissions become property of The New York Times Company and will not be returned. Read the full rules, plus a letter from Nick Kristof, at the Web site.

(Thanks to the wonderful Practicing Writer who alerted me to this contest.)

Novelist at Work: Allegra Goodman

Maybe you’ve already seen the excellent article for fiction writers tucked into the “Science Times” section of yesterday’s New York Times. If not, you’ll have to register to read Gina Kolata’s “Writer Depicts Scientists Risking Glory for Truth and Truth for Glory” online. Meantime, here’s a summary:

Allegra Goodman’s new novel, Intuition (Dial Press), is, in Kolata’s words, “a tale about life in a science lab that rings so true and includes details so accurate and vivid that [scientists] say they are left reeling.”

Goodman is not a scientist. So some have wondered how “an outsider, someone who has not been bathed in the culture and mores of science,” “could get it so right?”

Well, apparently her research process has something to do with it. And that’s what the article details.

To return to one of my favorite arguments–writing what you know does not necessarily mean writing what you have (already) lived. You can learn to know what you write, too.