New Prize for UK Short Story Writers

This is pretty big news. There’s a new annual competition “aimed at re-establishing the importance of the British short story” and wow, is there money to back the mission.

According to the website, the new award “is a collaboration between NESTA (the National Endowment for Science, Technology, and the Arts), BBC Radio 4 and Prospect magazine, and it’s funded by NESTA. It is administered in conjunction with Booktrust and Scottish Booktrust. The first winners will be announced in May 2006.”

The site continues: “The National Short Story Prize will be the largest award in the world for a single story. The winning award is worth £15,000, and there will be a runner up award of £3,000. Three further shortlisted authors will receive awards of £500 each.”

Entries must be received by November 30. For more details, including the entry form and the extensive list of terms and conditions (note that the competition is only open to “authors with a previous record of publication who are either UK nationals or residents. Entries may be stories published during 2005 or previously unpublished”) again, check the website. NO ENTRY FEE INDICATED.

And for more information about short stories, check out story, Booktrust’s “campaign to celebrate the short story.” A very interesting resource!

Help for Creative Writing Students Displaced by Katrina

I’ve just received an e-mail from AWP (the Association of Writers and Writing Programs) which reads, in part:

If you are a creative writing student and your college or university has been closed due to the destruction of Hurricane Katrina, you should know that AWP has identified creative writing programs ready to accommodate you. Please call AWP for help. (703) 993-4301.”

Literary Journals and Hurricane Relief

Just read an e-mail from Bret Lott, editor of the Baton Rouge-based Southern Review, about another hurricane relief program–one with specific relevance to practicing writers. To put it bluntly, you can help people in need and get a free copy of the journal at the same time (his e-mail is much more eloquent than my explanation). You can find his message over at The Emerging Writers’ Network blog.

And The Southeast Review, based in Tallahassee, has announced a similar program. Read about it at the journal’s website.

Call for contributors: Encyclopedia of American Literature, 1896-1945

(From the Literary Call for Papers Mailing List at the University of Pennsylvania): “Contributors sought for Encyclopedia of American Literature, 1986-1945 to be produced by Manly Inc. and published by Facts on File. Entries will treat authors; significant works; and literary schools, movements, genres. Contributors will be paid and credited in the volume.” For contact information and to read the full announcement, click here.